Falcons Countdown to Camp: WRs, TEs

Falcons Countdown to Camp: WRs, TEs

Jay Adams

Published July 10, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Russell Athletic Atlanta Falcons Training Camp is around the corner, beginning July 25, and AtlantaFalcons.com will take you through some of the need-to-know information for all position groups, including additions, departures and key battles.

WIDE RECEIVERS
The Falcons boast one of the best wide receiving tandems in the league with Roddy White and Julio Jones, but the Falcons will head into training camp for the second year in a row with question marks at the No. 4 and 5 wide receiver spots.
Veterans: Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Drew Davis, Kevin Cone, Tim Toone, James Rodgers, Marcus Jackson
Departures: None
Additions: Rashad Evans (college free agent), Darius Johnson (college free agent), Martel Moore (college free agent)
Key Battle: Davis, Cone and Toone will once again square off for the spots behind White, Jones and Douglas. Last year, all three spent time on the 53-man roster, as Toone was slated to be the punt returner before getting injured during the first week of regular season practice. Davis proved to be a viable weapon on offense while Cone proved his mettle on special teams. Also in the mix are James Rodgers and Marcus Jackson, who spent time on the practice squad last season. Rookie free agents Evans, Johnson and Moore may have an uphill battle at a crowded position.

TIGHT ENDS
News of Tony Gonzalez’s improbable return from the brink of retirement was cause for rejoice across the organization, but with some new and young faces behind Gonzalez, the search for his eventual replacement continues.
Veterans: Tony Gonzalez, Tommy Gallarda, Chase Coffman, Andrew Szczerba
Departures: Michael Palmer
Additions: Levine Toilolo (fifth-round pick), Colin Cloherty (free agency)
Key Battle: Behind a legend, a battle brews. The Falcons drafted the 6-foot-8 Toilolo out of Stanford to be a redzone threat, but the question with him is how much of an impact he’ll have in Year 1. Coffman had a fantastic finish to last season when he was called on to fill in when Gallarda went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, but Gallarda is back again and was arguably one of the best blocking tight ends on the roster last year. The numbers game at this position will be one to watch with Gonzalez back in the fold.

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