The Atlanta Falcons took a hit on offense this week with the news that Jacob Tamme will be out longer then expected.
The Atlanta Falcons offensive unit has gotten off to a great start this season. Matt Ryan is playing at the highest level at any point of his career and has had his name in the MVP conversation since the first three weeks of the season. The Falcon’s offensive unit took a hit this week despite being on their bye week with the news that it is likely that tight-end Jacob Tamme will miss the remainder of the season.
Jacob Tamme has been out for the last two weeks with a shoulder injury that looks to have pre-maturely ended his season. Tamme quickly became one of Matt Ryan’s favorite targets and besides Julio Jones the most reliable since coming to Atlanta two years ago.
Rookie Austin Hooper will be expected to step up with the absence of Tamme, both in blocking and receiving. If Hooper cannot step up and take Tamme’s place for the remainder of the season it will hurt the Falcon’s playbook considering the distraction that a tight-end like Tamme has one defenses.
While Jacob Tamme is far from being an elite player he was a reliable and consistent one that gave the Falcons a lot of options that they will not have without Jacob Tamme on the field. Tamme joined the Falcons after spending several seasons as a Denver Bronco.
In other injury news the Falcons are hopeful that both Desmond Truffant and Tevin Coleman will be able to return after this week’s bye. The Falcons will be at home and facing an up-and-down Cardinals team that has struggled offensively at times this season and looked unstoppable at others.
Levine Toilolo will see increased playing time as well with Tamme’s injury and look take the step forward he has failed to take so far in his Falcon’s career. The Falcons will take on the Cardinals at home on Nov. 27th on FOX.