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2014 Atlanta Falcons Reader Depth Chart Projections: Tight End Edition

Let's project tight end, as a position, for the 2014 Atlanta Falcons.

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It's now time for tight end, a position that will not be a major focal point of the Falcons' offense for the first time in a few seasons. That's what happens when Tony Gonzalez walks away from football, I suppose.

Levine Toilolo is the unquestioned top option at the position, with only Blocking Bear Pascoe behind him at the moment. One of Andrew Szczerba, Jacob Pedersen or Mickey Shuler could stick as the third tight end, or the Falcons could sign a free agent and blow up our projections entirely. At the moment, I'm going to stick to projecting what the team currently has, which minus Toilolo is pretty uninspiring. Even he's conditionally inspiring.

Don't forget your stat lines.

Projected TE Depth Chart

Levine Toilolo: 45 catches, 500 yards,  11.1 yards per reception, 7 touchdowns
Bear Pascoe: 10 catches, 90 yards, 9 yards per reception,  1 touchdown
Jacob Pedersen: 2 catches, 15 yards, 7.5 yards per reception, no touchdowns

As you can see, I expect Toilolo to dominate the receptions here, with Pascoe proving to be a useful blocker and Pedersen rarely if ever seeing the football field. Toilolo's height, plus a year in the offense, should made him a formidable red zone option, and an option I anticipate Matt Ryan will exploit. Touchdowns galore.

Project away, my friends.