The Falcons aren't keeping his seat warm. In fact, they have removed his position from Dirk Koetter's offense.
"There'll be a change in the type of tight end we'll have on our roster," coach Mike Smith said, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We'll have a 'Y' tight end, where he'll be an inline player (lined up tight to the formation). They won't be moving around nearly as much as what we call a 'F.' Tony Gonzalez was more of a 'F' tight end than a 'Y' tight end."
Good coaching staffs mold their schemes to suit the talents of their players. With Gonzalez out of the picture, Koetter will run more three-wide receiver sets to make up for the 82 receptions, 835 yards and seven touchdowns that Gonzalez averaged over five years in Atlanta.
That means Harry Douglas will play a bigger role, fresh off the first 1,000-yard season of his career.