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Falcons thinking about going two-TE more often

Tony Gonzalez, Lamar Holmes,Levine Toilolo AP

The Falcons are rapidly running out of wide receivers.

But they’re thinking about using a developing tight end talent alongside a future Hall-of-Famer to give themselves some options.

With Julio Jones out for the year and Roddy White seemingly coming up with something on a weekly basis, the Falcons are struggling for pass-catchers as they self-scout over their bye week.

One option seems to be using rookie tight end Levine Toilolo in tandem with Tony Gonzalez. The 6-foot-8 fourth-round pick has impressed coaches so far, so they’re working on ways to get him the ball.

“I think he’s coming along like we anticipated,” coach Mike Smith said of Toilolo, via Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com. “I think he’s going to be a very good threat, especially in the red zone.

“But, yes, [more two-tight-end sets] would be an option for us as well.”

Gonzalez has been as productive as you’d expect, while Toilolo is still learning, having put a dropped touchdown against the Patriots behind him with a pair of scores.

Of course, if the Falcons are going to go two-tight end, it would also help if running back Steven Jackson was well and giving them some balance in the run game. But at a time when they’re scrambling for answers, it might be the kind of thing to give them a spark.

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7 Responses to “Falcons thinking about going two-TE more often”
  1. mrlaloosh says: Oct 14, 2013 11:53 AM

    Two tight ends won’t help. A new coach and quarterback would definitely help.

  2. serkeljerks says: Oct 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    They should be thinking about what to do with the upcoming top-7 draft pick in 2014.

  3. falconsfanriseup says: Oct 14, 2013 12:15 PM

    mike smith is a good coach, they should trade for hakeem nicks.

  4. tjjohnson98 says: Oct 14, 2013 12:53 PM

    They’ve got to see what the young guy’s got before they trade Gonzo to the Chiefs in 2 weeks!

  5. bcfalcon says: Oct 14, 2013 12:58 PM

    mrlaloosh says:
    Oct 14, 2013 11:53 AM
    Two tight ends won’t help. A new coach and quarterback would definitely help.
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    What i wrong with Matt Ryan I do believe that he has 10 Td’s to 3 Int’s with over 1600 yards while his offensive line is one of the worst in the game!

  6. mrlaloosh says: Oct 14, 2013 1:26 PM

    bcfslcon, Mattie has also choke in the red zone repeatedly. Quoting stats is the sign of a weak argument. Tom Brady had bad stats yesterday but still preformed a miracle to win. After all, winning is the ultimate goal. Not stats.

  7. bcfalcon says: Oct 14, 2013 1:55 PM

    mrlaloosh says:
    Oct 14, 2013 1:26 PM
    bcfslcon, Mattie has also choke in the red zone repeatedly. Quoting stats is the sign of a weak argument. Tom Brady had bad stats yesterday but still preformed a miracle to win. After all, winning is the ultimate goal. Not stats.
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    While it i true that he has choked would you rather take your chances with a rookie bottom of the pack QB? Mat Ryan is a bonafied starter in the league and i would take him over more than 3/4 of the other QB’s in the league! Nothing against you it’s just QB isn’t the problem in this situation.

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