- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

BUFORD, GA. (AP) - Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan says he doesn’t mind working as a player and a coach during the NFL lockout.

Such is life when players are not allowed to report to work and can’t talk to their bosses.

But the lockout hasn’t kept Ryan from trying to bring his teammates together. He gathered about 30 players for 7-on-7 drills _ offense vs. defense _ in a scripted session Tuesday on a high school field, 15 minutes south of the Falcons‘ training complex.

Ryan says “this is just something to keep us sharp.”

It was the Falcons‘ first time together on a field since losing to Green Bay in the playoffs.

Atlanta draft pick Julio Jones has attended some of the passing sessions Ryan has held with Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White, but neither came Tuesday.

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