Atlanta Falcons: Tony Gonzalez Returning, What It Means for Atlanta

January 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Speaking on Jim Rome is Burning, Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez confirmed he will be returning for the 2011 season.
Though clearly not what he once was, Gonzalez still managed to catch 70 passes for 656 yards and six touchdowns—numbers that rank him highly for his position. He was fifth in catches, tied for sixth in touchdowns and 11th in yards among tight ends.
Gonzalez also took a backseat to receiver Roddy White as quarterback Matt Ryan's go-to-guy on third downs, although the 14-year pro remained a big red-zone target.
Even though Gonzalez has lost a step, his return is significant.
He is a veteran presence whose work ethic has rubbed off on the team's younger players. If the Falcons decide to pick up a speed receiver in the offseason, that addition would create more space for Gonzalez to work with, which would in turn give White more room to operate.
It was evident in 2010 that Gonzalez had taught his fellow pass-catchers some tricks of the ...

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