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Since trading for Tony Gonzalez in 2009, the Falcons have not drafted a tight end.
And who can blame them? His rookie season aside, Gonzalez has missed only one start in his 15-year career.
But while he's a future Hall of Famer, Gonzalez is still human, and if he missed one start before, he could miss one again.
That would leave the Falcons in big trouble.
To lose Gonzalez would not only take away one of Matt Ryan's preferred targets in the passing game, but also remove one of the league's best pass-blocking tight ends from the field.
At the moment, third-year pro Michael Palmer looks to have the upper hand as Gonzalez's replacement after serving as his primary backup for the past two years.
Others looking to take his spot include Lamarck Brown, Adam Nissley, Tommy Gallarda and Aron White, all of whom are 2012 undrafted free agents.
While one of those four may impress enough in training camp to take Palmer’s spot, chances are their play will remain light-years away from Gonzalez's if he ever gets injured.