by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/4/13) Even during a game in which both Harry Douglas and Roddy White got 14-plus targets, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez managed to pull down a pass in the end zone Week 13 against the Bills, scoring a touchdown for the first time in four games.
Yes, with the right matchup, the Falcons passing game has shown it can produce even without star wide receiver Julio Jones. And it seems to have the right matchup Week 14 at Green Bay. The Packers rank 22nd against the pass, allowing 250.5 yards per game.
Of course, they've been more vulnerable to wide receivers than tight ends, but even tight ends have scored on average a touchdown every other game against them. Most recently, the Vikings' Rhett Ellison found the end zone against them in Week 12, so they're due to give up one.
That said, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has thrown multiple touchdown passes in only one of his last six games, so in any given week, the odds are against Gonzalez scoring. But you won't find a tight end with better odds on the waiver wire.
Tony Gonzalez limited with toe injury
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (12/4/13) Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez was limited in Wednesday's practice by a toe injury, reports ESPN.com. Atlanta is preparing to visit the Packers on Sunday.
Tony Gonzalez scores Week 13
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez managed to find the end zone Week 13 against the Bills.
Gonzalez didn’t play a huge role in the passing game, catching four passes for 42 yards. He managed to bring in an 11 yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, though it almost didn’t happen. Atlanta nearly scored a few plays earlier, but the refs overturned the touchdown and put the ball on the 1 yard line. After Steven Jackson failed to punch the ball in, Matt Ryan took a sack. On third down, the team was hit with a false start penalty, backing them up to the 11 yard line after they had first and goal from the 1 yard line. Gonzalez got open in the middle of the field and hauled in the pass from Ryan.
Gonzalez will take on the Packers Week 14.
Tony Gonzalez ready to go Week 13
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (12/1/13) Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is active Week 13 against the Bills.
Gonzalez has been dealing with a toe injury, but was able to practice on a limited basis all week. He'll play through the injury again this week.
Tony Gonzalez questionable Week 13
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (11/29/13) Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez is questionable Week 13 against the Bills.
Gonzalez is dealing with a toe injury. Despite the injury, he was able to practice on a limited basis. He was able to play through the injury Week 12.
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Retirement wasn't in Tony Gonzalez's plans when he agreed to return to the Falcons for his 17th season. Though he's an old man by NFL standards he's coming off a season where he posted his best stats yet with the Falcons, scoring eight touchdowns and catching 93 passes for an even 930 yards. In spite of his age, no one would really be surprised if Gonzalez put up similar numbers in 2013 given his role in the offense and lack of tight coverage thanks to playing with Roddy White and Julio Jones. Gonzalez had fewer targets than those two receivers but still had 139 passes go his way. This all should not change. Gonzalez is worth a pick in Round 6 in standard leagues but might slip a few rounds in long-term formats since he said in early April this will be his last season. (Updated 4/25/13)