Skip to main content

Gonzalez big news at receiver and tight end



FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. --Look down the Falcons receiver and tight end roster and you'll find some undrafed rookies, returning stars and a 10-time Pro Bowler.

The addition of Tony Gonzalez will open doors for the offense (it's been documented). The new undrafted free agents at receiver will compete for spots. Michael Jenkins, Roddy White and Harry Douglas add to the equation.

It's crowded, but this is just one part of an offense that got better with just a few tweaks over the 2008 offseason.

"If you double team somebody, someone's going to get open," Gonzalez said. "If it's one-on-one, we have to get open. Do I think I'll catch 100 balls? I don't have to. This is something we're all going to work together on. I've been fortunate to have such a good career. It's not about breaking records and all that stuff. It's about going out there and moving those chains… I'm going to help those guys. I feel like I've got some stuff they can learn and I'm going to learn from them. I don't mind putting in the work, I never have, and hopefully they feel the same way I do."

No. 11 Troy Bergeron
6'2" | 195 lbs. | Experience: 1This marks Bergeron's second appearance in a Falcons training camp. He's also played professionally as a member of the Georgia Force arena football squad. He tallied 328 receptions for 4,335 yards and 96 touchdowns in three seasons in the AFL. He was named the league's Rookie of the Year in 2005.

No. 12 Michael Jenkins
6'4" | 217 lbs. | Experience: 6The Falcons rewarded Jenkins for a 777-yard, three-touchdown season with a new contract last Fall. He's finished second on the team in receiving yards in each of the last three years.

No. 14 Eric Weems
5'9" | 194 lbs. | Experience: 2Weems has just one catch in two seasons with the Falcons but his tenacious nature on special teams and ability to move with the football make him a player to watch during training camp. He forced a key fumble in the team's playoff-clinching win at Minnesota last year and recorded three special teams tackles in 2008.

No. 15 Aaron Kelly
6'5" | 203 lbs. | Experience: RA native of Marietta, Kelly left Georgia to play college ball at Clemson. While there he became one of the top receivers in the ACC. He's the school record holder in touchdown catches (20) and the all-time leader in the conference with 245 career catches.

No. 16 Darren Mougey
6'6" | 217 lbs. | Experience: RMougey brings versatility to the receiving corps after playing quarterback and receiver at San Diego State. Last season the tall receiver caught 34 passes for 437 yards and four touchdowns. He was the team's backup quarterback in 2005 and 2006.

No. 17 Brandon Godfrey
6'3" | 201 lbs. | Experience: RWith 128 college catches for 1,440 yards and eight touchdowns, Godfrey was one of the most consistent receivers at Utah. He caught 56 passes for 556 yards and four touchdowns (all team highs) as a senior.

No. 18 Chandler Williams
5'11" | 176 lbs. | Experience: 1Williams was released by the team after 2008 training camp, but signed on to the practice squad in November. His college totals at Florida International include 203 catches for 2,519 yards (41 games).

No. 82 Keith Zinger (TE)
6'4" | 258 lbs. | Experience: 1Zinger is also a veteran of the team's practice squad, moving there after training camp. The seventh-round selection in the 2008 NFL Draft caught 15 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown as a senior at LSU.

No. 83 Harry Douglas
6'0" | 182 lbs. | Experience: 2In 16 games as a rookie, Douglas caught 23 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown. He also ran the ball 12 times for a score. If that weren't enough, he took over punt return duties from Adam Jennings and returned 19 kicks for 226 yards and a score. He hopes to continue those contributions in his second year. "I got comfortable back there," Douglas said when asked about returning punts. "I want to perfect it and work at it so I can be one of the best."

No. 84 Roddy White
6'0" | 212 lbs. | Experience: 5Back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and a trip to the Pro Bowl. Two of the notable accomplishments for White over the last two years. Now the team's single-season receiving leader (1,382 yards) wants to keep building on success. "I want to win a Super Bowl," he said. "That's the next thing. We've got a good team and we added some parts from the draft and with Tony getting in here we have the caliber of team that can take the next step."
No. 85 Jason Rader (TE)
6'4" | 263 | Experience: 4
Rader has spent time with the Dolphins, Patriots and Falcons in his NFL career. He played in five games and recorded a start after the team lost Ben Hartsock for the season. He had one catch for 26 yards.

No. 86 Brian Finneran
6'5" | 210 lbs. | Experience: 9The most veteran wide receiver on the team, Finneran has 208 career catches for more than 2,800 yards and 16 touchdowns. He caught 21 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown in 2008, returning to the game after two seasons on injured reserve.

No. 87 Justin Peelle (TE)
6'4" | 251 lbs. | Experience: 8
Peelle provided a receiving threat at tight end last season, catching 15 passes for 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has 50 starts in his career along with 100 catches.

No. 88 Tony Gonzalez (TE)
6'5" | 243 lbs. | Experience: 13The Falcons added a receiving threat at tight end by trading for Gonzalez, the all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns by a tight end. He's a 10-time Pro Bowler that hasn't won a playoff game in his career. He hopes to change that in Atlanta. "I'm here for one reason, that's to win a Super Bowl." He said. "I want to come here, go to the playoffs, win playoff games and go to the Super Bowl."

No. 89 Ben Hartsock (TE)
6'4" | 270 lbs. | Experience: 6A proven blocking tight end, Hartsock signed with the Falcons prior to 2008 to boost the running game. He started 11 games before a foot injury forced him to injured reserve. He has 27 catches for 273 yards in his career, which includes stops in Indianapolis and Tennessee.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content