Blog-cationville –- Hey y’all, things will slow down in the Bird Cage in June and through the early part of July.
We’ll pick it back up hot and heavy in Mid-July before the start of training camp. In the meantime, here’s a little video from last season I found that you can keep replaying.
Just a couple of things before we lower the lights for awhile.
THE RETURN OF GANDY?: The Falcons will likely add a veteran free agent shortly after June 1 to help on the offensive side of the ball. This makes sense because if they’d signed him before June 1, the signing would affect the number of compensatory picks they have coming in the 2010.
Not sure, who the veteran could be, but perhaps tackle Wayne Gandy gets re-signed. He wants to keep
playing and the Falcons like him. Also, veterans like safety Rodney Harrison, who had been linked to the Falcons in the past, and Lawyer Milloy, may end up signing somewhere else.
ONE TOO MANY FACEBOOK FRIENDS: Was wondering why Quinn Ojinnaka was not at practice last Wednesday. When I asked coach Mike Smith, he said he knew where he was. Didn’t know that could mean he was in the lockup at the county jail. Wonder if he had a cell next to Otis, the town drunk.
Smitty must not have known where Quinn was for sure otherwise he would have told us. He probably just thought he was sleeping in late.
Ojinnaka, a fifth round pick in 2005 who’s played in 30 games and made seven starts, is a super guy. But he just may have cut himself. The Falcons have a very low tolerance for players appearing on the police blotter these days.
GRIMES BACK ON THE GRIND: Brent Grimes, the former undrafted free agent from Shippensburg State, is off to a good start over the offseason. He’s running first team, but will face a stiff challenge to keep his spot come training camp.
He’ll have to beat back Chevis Jackson, Von Hutchins and possibly rookie Chris Owens.
“He’s a more confident player, without a doubt,” Smith said. “He’s the most athletic player on our team. He has a lot more confidence this season in knowing our system and being around (defensive coordinator) Brian (VanGorder) and the defensive coaching staff.”
WIDE RECEIVER SPOT OPEN: With the trade of Laurent Robinson, there could be a roster spot open at the wide receiver position.
Former Georgia Force and Arena Football League star Troy Bergeron and undrafted rookie free agent Aaron Kelly of Clemson and Walton High are making strong offseason showings.
“Troy has done a nice job in terms of catching the football,” Smith said.
Kelly is not far behind.
“Aaron has a very good skill set,” Smith said. “He’s caught the ball extremely well. He’ll be a guy who’ll have
an opportunity to compete. We’ve been pleased with his progress.”
It’s possible that Bergeron could make the roster and Kelly the practice squad. Bergeron’s practice squad time is up and the Arena League is on hiatus, so he has to make the roster.
It would not be wise to count out Eric Weems either. He played last season and has developed nicely.
Speaking of wideouts, NFC South foe Tampa Bay is checking on Plaxico Burress.
Before I stroll off to find one of those Umbrella drinks and a nice Palm tree, do you think re-signing Gandy would be a good move? Will you miss the Mighty Quinn if his facebook page gets him tossed? Do you think Grimes can win the starting spot? Who’s going to get Robinson’s wide receiver spot, Bergeron, Kelly or Weems?