With new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, we have been wondering if we would see so many multiple tight end sets. With the Falcons letting Patrick DiMarco leave for pennies, we assumed the offense would use more tight ends in exchange for fullbacks.
Of course, D.J. Tialavea and Joshua Perkins are not under contract, leaving only Austin Hooper on the roster. With Jacob Tamme a free agent, something had to happen.
Bring back the ukulele.
There are no contract details yet, but I will assume it is a shorter deal. Early rumors suggested Toilolo balked at Atlanta’s first contract offer. So we assume this one was sweetened up a bit, or he didn’t have a big market.
After a few disaster seasons early in his career, Toilolo had a surprisingly steady 2016. He was pretty far down the depth chart, but improved his blocking and limited his drops. We don’t expect him to turn into Jimmy Graham 2.0, but he’s a quality player who should have a limited role in 2017.