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The Falcons punted tight end in 2015, and that may be okay

The Falcons are built to survive without a great tight end, and we'll have to hope it's not a fatal flaw for 2015.

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Tight end is going to be a weak position for the Falcons in 2015. The question is, can Atlanta survive that? The answer, with a few caveats, is yes.

The Falcons added a home run threat of a running back in Tevin Coleman, and with the addition of sure-handed, productive rookie Justin Hardy to the receiving corps, they have legitimate weapons for Kyle Shanahan to work with. It helps when you have Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Roddy White, who make the offense at least decent by their mere presence. There's little point in denying that the Falcons essentially punted tight end, however, and that it was by design.

Injuries or unexpectedly poor play from key players can change things, but these Falcons are built to survive without a terrific tight end. Which is good, because they lack one.

It is a motley crew at the moment. Jacob Tamme is reliable if slow-footed as a pass catcher, and will likely lead the way in snaps for Atlanta in 2015. Tony Moeaki has the most upside as a receiver but has never managed to stay healthy for very long. Levine Toilolo is a huge potential red zone target and arguably the most capable blocking tight end on the roster, but he had a very disappointing 2014 season and his role this season is unclear. Right now, that's about it for options, and the Falcons elected not to add any young tight ends in the draft.

Unless Jacob Tamme proves extremely reliable or Levine Toilolo breaks out in a major way, expect tight end to be a position the Falcons focus on upgrading in 2016. For 2015, this group just needs to be able to block well enough to spring others for more yardage, catch the occasional ball as the the fourth option in the passing game and chip in on special teams. If the line holds up and Coleman's as good as advertised, this offense will be plenty potent with minimal contributions from tight end, regardless.

Now that we've taken a look at three of the weakest positions on the roster, expect us to dive in on the strongest positions starting Friday morning.