The Falcons have some quality tight ends in Atlanta right now, which is beautiful. Austin Hooper could lead the team in touchdown receptions, and Levine Toilolo has developed into a quality blocker and decent receiver. That leaves two men battling for the third tight end job, assuming the Falcons keep three instead of four.
Eric Saubert is a fifth round rookie with considerable potential, with some comparing him to an extremely young, infant-level Rob Gronkowski. He wasn’t impressive in his first preseason game, but I’m as bullish on his upside as anybody on offense right now, and I think he’s going to impress as soon as this year.
Perkins, meanwhile, was an undrafted free agent in 2016 who managed to hang on all year as the fourth tight end. He’s a quality athlete and clearly has some talent, but he is competing with a promising draft pick, so it’s probably going to depend on whether the Falcons keep four tight ends. In the limited glimpses of him we saw last year, he showed enough to stick around, but he has some genuine competition in the here and now. If the team keeps three, it’s Saubert.
If you had to choose between Perkins or Saubert, though, who would you pick?
Give us your choice, and then let’s talk about Falcons for the rest of the night.