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“Having (Douglas) coming back, having Brian Williams coming back and Peria, it’s only going to help us become a better football team,” tight end Tony Gonzalez said. “That’s why I’m so excited. That’s why this 100-degree weather is just a side note as far as I’m concerned.”
Jerry, a 2009 first-round pick, had a light brace on his left knee in his return from the injury that forced him to miss most of his rookie season.
Jerry was held out of team drills in the morning practice. Each of the three were limited to walkthrough drills in the afternoon session. Smith said that pattern could continue for the first two weeks of camp.
“We’re going to manage all three of those guys and bring them along,” Smith said. “Our philosophy is to make sure they meet certain milestones that are set by our doctor first, our (trainers) and then us as coaches. We’re going to be very, very careful on the workload we give those guys, especially through these first two weeks of practice.”
“I think it’s going to be one of the most competitive position battles that we have,” Smith said.
The Falcons hope Jerry provides an inside push to help the team’s outside pass rush.
The Falcons tied for 26th in the NFL with only 28 sacks last season. Kroy Biermann could emerge as John Abraham’s new pass-rush complement at defensive end.
Biermann, a third-year player, had five sacks in 2009. Jamaal Anderson, the No. 8 overall pick in 2007, has only 2 1/2 sacks in 44 career starts, including one-half sack last season. Anderson is working in a new swing role at end and defensive tackle.
NOTES: Temperatures soared into the high 90s for the afternoon practice, but Robinson wasn’t fazed. “No, because I played six years in Houston,” he said. “This was a good day compared to what I’m used to out in Houston, Texas.” … John Parker Wilson of Alabama is the No. 3 quarterback after D.J. Shockley was released in the offseason.
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