Levine Toilolo

Levine Toilolo

Tight End #80
Team:San Francisco
Ht / Wt:6'8" / 260 lb.
College:Stanford
Age:27
Born:July 31, 1991
Drafted:2013 / Rd. 4 (133)
Draft Team:ATL

Levine Toilolo: Joining 49ers

Toilolo is signing a contract with the 49ers, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Toilolo had a career-high 263 yards for the Lions last season and has missed just one game through six years in the NFL. He's best known for his work as a run blocker, though he offers a bit more pass-catching utility than the typical blocking specialist. This signing might inspire the 49ers to release fellow tight end Garrett Celek, who handled the No. 2 role behind George Kittle in 2018. At the very least, Celek will need to battle Toilolo for snaps in two-TE formations.

May 15, 2019 6:44 AM EST

Levine Toilolo: Snags touchdown in season finale

Toilolo caught all four of his targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's victory in Green Bay.

Analysis: Toilolo snuck free on a fake field-goal attempt to collect a perfect pass from kicker Matt Prater for what marked the tight end's first touchdown as a member of the Lions. The veteran otherwise served as nothing more than a secondary, short-range target for quarterback Matthew Stafford, just like Toilolo has been most of the season. Set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the league year, the reliable Toilolo seems like an obvious candidate to be retained by Detroit in the offseason, though the blocking-oriented veteran doesn't carry the athletic upside to approach the 2019 campaign as an exciting fantasy option in any format -- regardless of whether he's the starter or not.

December 30, 2018 7:34 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Workload dips in Week 16

Toilolo secured his only target for 16 yards during Sunday's 27-9 victory over Detroit.

Analysis: Toilolo saw a significantly lighter workload than he has in recent weeks on a day quarterback Matthew Stafford peppered star wideout Kenny Golladay with a gaudy 15 targets. He'll look to rebound in Week 17 against a Packers team that just surrendered six receptions for 82 yards and one touchdown to Jets rookie tight end Chris Herndon this Sunday a week after allowing Bears tight ends to log six receptions for 75 yards and a score in Week 15.

December 23, 2018 6:21 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Catches four more passes

Toilolo secured all four of his targets for 28 yards during Sunday's 14-13 loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Toilolo had only seen more than one target on one occasion through the first 11 games of the season, but the tight end has averaged over three targets and 48 receiving yards per game over the last three weeks. With Michael Roberts (shoulder) on injured reserve, it's not a stretch to think Toilolo could continue to see consistent looks in the passing game during the final two games of the season.

December 17, 2018 11:18 AM EST

Levine Toilolo: Falls back down to earth

Toilolo secured both of his targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 17-3 victory over Arizona.

Analysis: Toilolo predictably fell back down to earth in his first showing after catching four of six targets for a career-high 90 yards last week against Los Angeles. Still without a touchdown and just one target in the red zone over 14 games, Toilolo will remain an unattractive fantasy option in Week 15 against the Bills.

December 9, 2018 7:06 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Nets career-high 90 receiving yards

Toilolo secured four of six targets for 90 yards during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Toilolo set a new career high in single-game receiving yardage against a Rams defense that came into Sunday allowing the fourth-most yards to tight ends per game in 2018 (68.5). Considering Toilolo only recorded 100 yards on his nine other catches this season, this performance from the typical blocking specialist truly came out of nowhere. If Michael Roberts (shoulder) remains unable to play in Week 14, Toilolo could again see a number of targets down the seam against a Cardinals defense that's allowed only three touchdowns to tight ends this year.

December 2, 2018 6:10 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Catches one pass

Toilolo caught one pass for 13 yards during Sunday's 20-19 victory over Carolina.

Analysis: Even with Marvin Jones (knee) and Michael Roberts (shoulder) out of action --and with the Lions still looking for pass catchers to step up in the wake of Golden Tate's trade to Philly -- Toilolo remained an afterthought in the gameplan. Don't expect that to change in Week 12 against the Bears.

November 18, 2018 4:46 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: No targets in Minnesota

Toilolo was not targeted in the passing game during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: After averaging over 25 offensive snaps per game over the first six games of the season, Toilolo hasn't topped 16 in either of the past two weeks. If the tight end is intentionally being given a diminished workload, the blocking-oriented Toilolo will become even less relevant for fantasy purposes.

November 5, 2018 1:11 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Snags lone target

Toilolo was targeted once during Sunday's 28-14 loss to Seattle, converting it into a 12-yard gain.

Analysis: The catch was Toilolo's first since Week 4. There might have been some thought that the statuesque Toilolo could provide a red-zone threat for a Detroit offense without much established talent at tight end, but second-year player Michael Roberts has emerged as the red-zone target. Maybe the departure of receiver Golden Tate, who was traded to Philadelphia on Tuesday, opens things up for the tight ends, but it seems most likely that Roberts and starter Luke Willson would benefit were that to be the case. A matchup against an improving Vikings pass defense looms Sunday.

October 30, 2018 5:14 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Catches two passes against Cowboys

Toilolo secured his only two targets for 12 yards during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: It's clear the Lions value Toilolo for his blocking ability, as the tight end previously went two weeks without a target since catching one pass in the season opener. Unless injuries force him into a bigger receiving role some time down the line, Toilolo subsequently belongs far away from fantasy lineups in almost all formats.

October 1, 2018 12:01 PM EST

Levine Toilolo: Not targeted in Week 2

Toilolo logged 22 snaps but was not targeted during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Unlike last week when he earned the most snaps among Lions tight ends, Toilolo took a clear backseat to Luke Willson, who started and logged 40 snaps Sunday. As usual, Toilolo wasn't often used as a receiver when he was on the field, but that's largely been the story of his career to date, and it's unlikely to change anytime soon.

September 17, 2018 10:05 AM EST

Levine Toilolo: Secures lone target in season opener

Toilolo secured his only target for seven yards during Monday's 48-17 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: He didn't get the starting nod, but Toilolo ultimately paced all Lions tight ends in snaps -- though he was mostly utilized as an in-line blocker. While Toilolo could continue to log significant playing time, he's only topped 13 receptions in a season once in his five-year career, lending no reason to count on him for fantasy purposes.

September 11, 2018 11:17 AM EST

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