Sports

Falcons' Toilolo has difficult assignment of replacing Hall of Fame-bound TE Tony Gonzalez

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo (80) moves the ball against New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. This football season, Toilolo has the difficult assignment of replacing Hall of Fame-bound tight end Tony Gonzalez. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, Atlanta Falcons tight end Levine Toilolo (80) moves the ball against New York Jets cornerback Kyle Wilson (20) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Atlanta. This football season, Toilolo has the difficult assignment of replacing Hall of Fame-bound tight end Tony Gonzalez. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)  (The Associated Press)

The shadow of Tony Gonzalez is following Levine Toilolo through the Atlanta Falcons' training camp.

Toilolo, the second-year tight end from Stanford, has been a player to watch in camp. He has the difficult assignment of replacing Gonzalez, a certain future Hall of Famer.

The Falcons have tried to take pressure off Toilolo. Quarterback Matt Ryan says no one player can replace Gonzalez and Toilolo will have help at the position.

The team added some veteran help in the offseason including Bear Pascoe, who made six starts for the New York Giants last season.

Toilolo remains the favorite to start. He says the challenge of following Gonzalez sticks "at the back of your mind."

___

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL

___

Follow Charles Odum on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CharlesOdum