Compared to wide receiver, tight end looks like a downright settled position. We know that widely-loathed pass catcher Jacob Tamme is the likely starter, with rookie Austin Hooper his direct backup and the man most likely to take major snaps away from Tamme. What else do the Falcons have at tight end, though?
Safe: Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper
On the Bubble: Levine Toilolo, D.J. Tialavea, Arthur Lynch, Joshua Perkins
If you had asked me two weeks ago, I would’ve told you with some confidence that Toilolo would be the third tight end, given that he’s the most accomplished blocker on this list and the one who is most familiar with the offense. I still think that’s a likely outcome, but I’m no longer sold on it.
Why? Tialavea is a developmental guy the Falcons have held on to for a little while now with the intent of taking a longer look, Lynch just joined the team and has always had at least a little bit of upside, and Perkins has impressed as a pass catcher in camp. It could come down to whether Perkins sustains his momentum, and what exactly Atlanta’s looking for with their third option at the position.
Whoever does win the third role in training camp and preseason isn’t likely to have a major role, but it’s still intriguing for the long haul, given that Tamme’s contract is up after this season. Who’s your best guess?