TE Levine Toilolo - Atlanta Falcons
|6-8, 260||Born: 7-30-1991||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 4|
Week 21: vs New England Patriots
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. First things first - Julio Jones (toe, foot) said on Wednesday, February 1 that he's ready to go and doesn't expect his foot injuries to limit him in the Super Bowl. Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Julio Jones (toe) 'looked great' in the Monday, January 30 practice. Jones averaged more than 100 receiving yards per game in 2016, and he is he first player in NFL history to average more than 100 receiving yards per game in four different seasons. He was a one-man wrecking crew against the Packers two weekends ago, with 12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving, playing through pain from his foot and toe injuries. How hot is the Atlanta passing offense entering Super Bowl LI? Well, Matt Ryan is the only quarterback in playoff history to throw for at least three touchdowns in four straight playoff games. So far this post-season, Ryan has thrown seven passing scores, with 26/37 for 338 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown against the Seahawks two games ago (he took three sacks for -15 yards), and then a jaw-dropping 27/38 for 392 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken, during the 44-21 demolition of Green Bay two weekends ago. Beside Jones' outstanding performance, Mohamed Sanu (1/7/0 rushing with seven targets for 5/52/1 receiving) and Devonta Freeman (five for 4/42/1) also scored against the Packers. With 730 yards passing, seven TDs and zero interceptions thrown so far during the playoffs, Ryan and the Falcons enter the Super Bowl flying high in this phase of the game. Two games ago, Brock Osweiler struggled at Gillette Stadium, throwing 23/40 for 198 yards passing, one TD and three interceptions, while taking three sacks for -17 yards. Ben Roethlisberger fared a little better, with 31/47 for 314 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown (with zero sacks taken), but his team still lost 17-36. During the post-season, New England has averaged 247 net passing yards allowed per game, with two TDs surrendered vs. four interceptions generated - during regular season the Patriots ranked 12th in the NFL averaging 237.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 21 passing scores handed out vs. 13 interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and 34 sacks (tie-16th) generated. Over the final three weeks of regular season, New England averaged a mere 11.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (least in the NFL); 18.9 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing wide receivers (13th-least) and just 3.4 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing tight ends (sixth-least). As you can see, they have been close to their season average in passing yards allowed, but have generated more interceptions than usual this season during the post-season. Ryan is playing at an other-worldly level during the post-season, while the Patriots' pass defense has been adequate, but allowed 314 net yards passing to the Steelers most recently - this is a neutral matchup for the powerful Atlanta offense.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs GB (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The veteran earned a red zone target on Sunday but could not come down with the leaping catch with his back to the end line thanks to tight coverage. He finished the game with a target for five yards and continues to earn opportunities on an offense that mixes up multiple receiver and multiple tight end sets.
2016 Week 19 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
The veteran tight end had a good day by his standards. He nearly caught a 2nd and 8 wounded duck from Matt Ryan during the second drive. It was a play where Ryan got hit by Cliff Avril during his release. He later dropped a route up the right hash inside the 15 of Seattle late in the third quarter on a wide-open route. It doesnft sound like a good day for him, but as the game progressed, he made two big plays to keep Atlantafs offense on the field. He caught a 3rd and 15 flat route to get a few yards late in the third quarter setting up a field goal at the top of the fourth quarter. Then, Ryan hit Toilolo for an 18-yard gain with about 10 yards earned after the catch. He delivered a strong siff-arm in the open field and took the fight to All-Pro Bobby Wagner with a shoulder that drove the defender backwards.
2016 Week 17 vs NO (3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
He gained 18 yards up the seam to get Atlanta inside the five late in the half. He's most effective in two tight end sets where the defense loses him in coverage.
2016 Week 16 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
He earned eight yards in the right flat for a first down to get past midfield during the first drive.
2016 Week 14 vs LA (1 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
The tight end caught a throw-back to the right flat that earned yards after the catch inside the 35 of LA. Matt Ryan was roughed after the throw and it put Atlanta inside the red zone. It was the extent of Toilolo's targets. When he's targeted, he's usually the recipient of a misdirection setup.
2016 Week 12 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
His only target was a third-quarter drag route from left to right on a play-action boot for 18 yards. The play was more notable for the pressure Ryan's face and Toilolo's leg colliding with Patrick Peterson's. The elite corner was off the field for a few plays and he was hampered for the rest of the game when he returned.
2016 Week 9 vs TB (1 / 1 / 32 / 1 rec)
He scored up the right seam during the first series as part of a two-tight end set. The corner blew his zone responsibility, giving Toilolo a free run for a touchdown after Ryan flushed right to find him. It was Toilolo's only real involvement in the passing game, but it is the second touchdown in three weeks against a blown zone assignment, so it makes him worth considering as a desperation option while Jacob Tamme is hurt.
2016 Week 8 vs GB (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The Falcons' third tight end dropped a target after contact on a third-quarter pass in the shallow flat.
2016 Week 7 vs SD (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
The veteran caught a scramble-drill outlet pass in the right flat for 8-10 yards. He also caught a play-action TE screen to the left flat, but a holding call negated it.
2016 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 69 / 1 rec)
It was the best game of Toilolo's career in terms of yardage thanks to a 46-yard seam route that came open against a blown coverage by Richard Sherman. Toilolo turned back to face the ball, stumbled through the catch, and outran the bewildered Seahawks defense for the score. He also had two other catches and one of them was also a blown coverage.
2016 Week 2 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
The big tight end is slowly returning from a hand injury that plagued him during the preseason. He caught a bootleg pass for 16 yards to the left flat and reached the 11 of Oakland. He also made a catch in the fourth quarter on a tipped third-down pass to keep the drive alive on a third-down play with 6:00 left and a 7-point lead. Both Jacob Tamme and Austin Hooper are well ahead of Toilolo in the pecking order in the passing game.
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