Hakeem Valles has [been put in tough positions] the last couple weeks at tight end. And he's handled the assignment so well, you have to wonder whether he's on the roster bubble at all heading into Saturday's cut down to 53 players.
Valles played with the starters in Detroit's 33-30 win Friday night against Tampa, finishing with three catches for 38 yards—which led the position group. Now he has seven catches for 69 yards in the preseason. That's more than Luke Willson, Michael Roberts and Levine Toilolo—the three favorites at the position—combined. And then Willson left the Bucs game with a knee injury. The story said Valles has seen a lot of practice time with the ones as well.
DET TE Levine Toilolo - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Green Bay Packers
Even though Lions QBs threw 43 passes last week versus the Vikings, Levine Toilolo saw just one look, resulting in a 16-yard grab. He had become a bigger part of the passing attack, registering 10 receptions in the previous three games, but Detroit’s offense has had a hard time putting up points over the past month. Toilolo is a risky start at Green Bay.