Now that the “shock” of Tony Gonzalez’s return for another season has finally worn off, the Atlanta Falcons are relieved to have kept their phenomenal tight end. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. With the “Super Bowl or bust” cloud hanging over their heads, Gonzalez did announce that the 2013 season will be his last with the Falcons.
When you think of Atlanta’s offense, Tony Gonzalez is usually one of the first names that pop in your head. He is an incredible player whose athletic achievements continue to stand out. With 326 passes for 3,128 yards and 27 touchdowns under his belt, Gonzalez has been a huge asset for the Atlanta Falcons. There is no doubt that he will put up impressive numbers again this season. He is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and undoubtedly Hall of Fame material. Gonzalez will be very difficult for Atlanta to replace. Those are some mighty big shoes to fill, to say the least. The question is: Do the Falcons have a tight end who is ready to fill those intimidatingly large shoes?
Levine Toilolo, recent fourth round draft pick out of Stanford, is a big part of Atlanta’s tight end solution. He is massive, standing at a towering 6-foot-8 with 10 inch hands. Considering he’s currently the tallest tight end on an NFL roster, his size will make him an absolute nightmare in the red-zone. Not too many defenders can matchup against someone of his stature. Keep an eye out for this guy. We will be hearing a lot about him. He is, after all, being mentored by one of the best tight ends in the league.
Chase Coffman, who made the roster in 2012, had a nice sideline catch in last season’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Mike Smith had a few positive things to say about his performance so far during the offseason. The only issue with Coffman is that, while he has good hands, he’s not so great at blocking.
Tommy Gallarda, Andrew Szczerba, and Colin Coherty are also tight ends looking to suit up and make their way onto the field on Sundays. Will it happen for any of them in 2013? We certainly shall see.