May 12, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Tommy Gallarda (87) goes through a blocking drill with tight end Lamark Brown (85) during Falcons rookie camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
The Falcons should be looking at the backup tight-end position ahead of their season opener.
The Atlanta Falcons are rounding out their roster ahead of their season-opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday, and there are still positions that should be addressed.
Dave Choate of SB Nation's The Falcoholic says Atlanta's choice of Tommy Gallarda as the third-string tight end leaves something to be desired:
The question then becomes whether you want to roll with Gallarda as your third tight end. It's possible that he has more upside than we've realized, but the Falcons went the blocking-only backup route a year ago with Reggie Kelly and were "rewarded" with a pretty disappointing season. I'd like to see someone a little more well-rounded, so the Falcons have yet another weapon to trot out there when the situation calls for it.
Fortunately, this is a quality market for backup tight ends. Even with Evan Moore going to the Seahawks, you can get your hands on slightly dented but still useful players like Michael Hoomanawanui, Kellen Winslow and Chris Cooley.
Kelly did very little for the Falcons in the passing game in 2011, making just one reception. Gallarda may bring much of the same, as he was primarily a blocker in a pass-happy attack at Boise State, with just 25 catches in his four-year career.