FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Troy Bergeron has been the forgotten veteran in training camp.
But he attracted some attention after he caught a 19-yard touchdown pass against New England from quarterback John Parker Wilson.
“That was a bright spot,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “He made a couple of guys miss.”
One of the realities of football is that injuries happen. Kerry Meier’s misfortune might be Bergeron’s gain.
He’s had moments in training camp.
“You just have to keep fighting and gut it out,” Bergeron said.
He’s not looking around counting receivers to see if there’s a spot for him.
“I just go day by day,” Bergeron said. “It’s not in my control. All I can do is go out there, play and do some good things.”
Bergeron is the former Arena Football League star, who did not play college football and is from Columbus Shaw High.
He was originally signed by the Falcons as a free agent in 2006. Following his release from training camp, he was signed by the Buffalo Bills and landed on their practice squad.
He played for the Georgia Force of the AFL from 2005, 2007-08.
He was re-signed by the Falcons as a free agent on May 10, 2009.
In his first full season with the Falcons in 2009, Bergeron played in one game after being signed from the practice squad on November 17.
In his AFL career with the Georgia Force, he had 328 receptions for 4,335 yards and 96 touchdowns while adding 1,416 kickoff return yards. He was named the AFL rookie of the year in 2005.
It’s unclear if his practice squad eligibility has been exhausted, but Bergeron has his sights on making the team anyway.
“I’m just trying to go out there and do my best,” Bergeron said. “Whatever happens, happens.”