Atlanta Falcons: Is Tony Gonzalez Their Go-to Receiver?
The Atlanta Falcons have one of the best receivers in the NFL in Roddy White, but it is Tony Gonzalez that is getting all the crucial looks in their game against Philadelphia tonight.
Gonzalez has made two very good plays that have both resulted in touchdowns, the first of which may have been the best catch in this early season.
Gonzalez has been in the NFL for a long time now, 15 years to be exact, and even though one would expect his production to slow down it does not seem as though he is any less valuable.
What's really amazing is the fact that Gonzalez does not play a non-contact position like kicker or punter, but plays a position that involves a lot of banging on run plays, and some big hits delivered on him in the passing game.
In today's NFL tight ends are very hard to cover, because their size is too much for defensive backs and their speed is often too much for linebackers. Throw in the rules that largely favor the offense, and it is difficult to take that big target away.
With this in mind Gonzalez is like a lot of tight ends in the league, a safety valve for Ryan that gets a lot of usage.
On a team that has a star wide receiver and one of the best rookie pass catchers in the league, it is old and steady Tony Gonzalez that is the most consistent option for the Falcons. The biggest question is going to be how long he can sustain against younger players.
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