More Tony Gonzalez cannot be a bad thing for Chase Coffman.
Doesn't mean he'll be a good thing. Look, I was a big fan of Coffman coming out of Mizzou and thought he would be a poor man's Jeremy Shockey when he got into the NFL. But he isn't that player, and I don't expect him to be that player going forward. I think he made an excellent catch vs. SEA, but that 1 catch doesn't make you a viable starting candidate in the NFL.
I think people are putting way too much stock into the baskets that are Coffman & Palmer which is based really off 1 or 2 catches. Palmer can find open spots in the zone? Well, I hope so, otherwise he shouldn't be in the NFL. Every NFL receiver and/or tight end should be able to find an open green patch where there aren't defenders. Hell, you could teach a 12-year old to do that.
I'm not writing them off but I don't think the Falcons should put any apples in that basket. Between the two of them they have 25 career catches in a combined 6 years of playing and 54 combined games played. As I've said in the past, the best you're hoping for is that one of them turns into Justin Peelle. But the major difference between them and Peelle is that JP was a much, much better blocker than either of them. Palmer has done some nice things from time to time, but for the most part he's fairly average there. Coffman has improved but still is average there on his best days. Are they gonna be the caliber of starter like Peelle was in '08, that might be able to catch the 2, maybe 3 passes thrown their way on a good day because Jones/White are covered and they are going against zone. Or are they gonna be the good TEs that will see 4-6 passes thrown their way and help move the chains on critical 3rd downs.