Are the Falcons better at tight end?

Are the Falcons done at tight end, or do they have another prospect they believe is ready to go?

So the Falcons added two tight ends last week – Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki. Neither one will be confused with Tony Gonzalez. That’s fine. They just have to be better than Levine Toilolo.

The former Stanford Cardinal was not a threat last season. Sure, it is unfair to compare him to Gonzalez, arguably the best tight end in NFL history. But Toilolo managed only 238 receiving yards with two touchdowns in starting all 16 games.

Can Tamme and Moeaki make a difference? Can they complement Toilolo to at least give the Falcons a formidable trio?

Tamme was Peyton Manning’s main target for a couple of years. He had a high of 631 receiving yards in 2010, but that was five years ago. Tamme settled into a reserve role with the Broncos backing up Julius Thomas. The Broncos could have kept Tamme to replace Thomas, but they let Tamme go instead.

Tamme just turned 30 last week, while Moeaki will turn 28 in June. The Falcons will need for Moeaki to do what he did in Kansas City in the first two years of his career. Moeaki actually replaced Gonzalez after the veteran was traded to Atlanta. Moeaki had 1009 in 2010 and then when he came back in 2012.

But does that signify the trio of Toilolo, Tamme and Moeaki will make the tight end position better next season? Well, sure, it’s better, but how much better? How much improved will it be to have Toilolo joined by two players who are not stars.

This might mean the Falcons don’t have to waste an early draft pick on a tight end. That would be good, considering the numerous needs for the team.

Tamme and Moaekiy are not stars, and all one can do is to expect them to be great contributors. They just have to go out and play their game. Matt Ryan will find them. But can this be a position of strength this season? Time will tell.

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