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This Sleeping Giant Will Emerge For The Atlanta Falcons In 2015


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To say that the Atlanta Falcons have quite a bit of young talent would be a pretty big understatement. It actually may even slip past you that Julio Jones is even just 26 at this point. With that said, Jones is probably the furthest thing from a "sleeping giant."

Heading into the 2015 season though, the Falcons have quite a few players who could burst onto the scene the way that Victor Cruz did back in 2011. You have rookies like Tevin Coleman and Justin Hardy, as well as a tight end who hasn't been able to take that next step in Levine Toilolo.

But if we're going to find a sleeping giant who's going to emerge from the Falcons in 2015, let's look deeper and find that true dark horse option.

Tony Moeaki, TE

Oh yes, Tony Moeaki. The man who had a grand total of eight catches for 134 yards and a touchdown last season (a 16.8 YPC average, which is pretty impressive). Why Moeaki? Well, the potential has always been there for him, and we saw a glimpse of what he was capable of during his first two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Moeaki played in 15 games during his rookie season, but then missed the entire year in 2011 with a torn ACL. He followed that up by playing 15 games in 2012, while showing that he could still produce at a high level.

If the Falcons are able to get a receiving tight end even similar to what Moeaki was during 2010 when he caught 47 balls for 556 yards and three touchdowns, he may turn into a stud. We know Matt Ryan can hit his tight ends on a consistent basis, as we saw with Tony Gonzalez before he retired after the 2013 season.

The Falcons are going to roll with whoever will be the best target for Ryan, so don't be surprised if Moeaki emerges from the pack. If he does, he has the potential to break out in a huge way.

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TEs are only as good as their QB. Great QBs make great TEs. The exception to this rule can be counted on one finger....Tony Gonzalez. He had some of the worst QBs in KC after Montana retired. Watch Jax and see what happens to Julius Thomas. See as Jimmy Graham's numbers fall in Seattle. Ryan can make any of our TEs look good as long as we throw to them. Last 2 years we got away from the TE cause Gonzo was gone. That was ridiculous.

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TEs are only as good as their QB. Great QBs make great TEs. The exception to this rule can be counted on one finger....Tony Gonzalez. He had some of the worst QBs in KC after Montana retired. Watch Jax and see what happens to Julius Thomas. See as Jimmy Graham's numbers fall in Seattle. Ryan can make any of our TEs look good as long as we throw to them. Last 2 years we got away from the TE cause Gonzo was gone. That was ridiculous.

Might have also had something to do with the fact that Ryan was throwing to ol' Skillet hands.

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Yea...he didn't help but still after Tony G left they still downplayed the position. Never understood why.

It is pretty ridiculous. TE played such an important role in our success for so long & then we just completely abandoned it. I'll still never understand why we didn't have a plan for when Tony retired. I never took Toilolo serious as far as replacing him.

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It is pretty ridiculous. TE played such an important role in our success for so long & then we just completely abandoned it. I'll still never understand why we didn't have a plan for when Tony retired. I never took Toilolo serious as far as replacing him.

I think it had to do with Koetter and the offense he ran. Even with TG he had him lining up at receiver a good percentage of the time.
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Yes because it is currently set in stone and in no way shape or form shall it change, ever.

This guy reminds me so much of myself. Such a sarcastic asshoIe, it's hilarious.

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TEs are only as good as their QB. Great QBs make great TEs. The exception to this rule can be counted on one finger....Tony Gonzalez. He had some of the worst QBs in KC after Montana retired. Watch Jax and see what happens to Julius Thomas. See as Jimmy Graham's numbers fall in Seattle. Ryan can make any of our TEs look good as long as we throw to them. Last 2 years we got away from the TE cause Gonzo was gone. That was ridiculous.

What was ridiculous was the crapheap team had at TE Last two years. We've improved from horrible to mediocre there. Edited by Vandy
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