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2016 unit-by-unit analysis: The tight ends

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The Falcons reclaimed the NFC South title and became NFC champions for just the second time in franchise history.

The Falcons, calling themselves a Brotherhood, had a major breakthrough in Dan Quinn’s second season as head coach before collapsing in the Super Bowl LI in grand fashion against New England by blowing a 25-point lead.

The offense soared to new heights and the young and marauding defense made great strides over the course of the season.

We continue our unit-by-unit review of the 2016 team with the tight ends:



Who: Starter -- *Jacob Tamme (UFA). Backups – Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo (UFA), Joshua Perkins and D.J. Tialavea (ERFA).

Contract/free agent situation: Tamme and Toilolo are set to become unrestricted free agents.

What they did in season: Tamme revived his career with the Falcons before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury that required surgery. It’s unclear if the team will re-sign him because Hooper is clearly the future at the position. Toilolo has developed in a strong blocker and had a decent season catching the ball. Perkins played late in the seasons and showed some promise. The front office believes he has some up-side as a pass-catcher. He need to improve his route-running and in-line blocking to stick in the NFL. Tialavea played late in the regular season and showed some promise blocking.   The group was important to the redzone offense as they caught 10 touchdowns passes: Tamme (three), Hooper (three), Toilolo (two), Perkins one) and Tialavea (one). Toilolo was also key in the run game in setting the edge for the outside zone runs.

What they did in postseason:  Hooper caught six passes for 65 yards and one touchdown. Toilolo caught three passes for 31 passes.

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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.