FLOWERY BRANCH — With the mean and nasty Harvey Dahl off to play for the St. Louis Rams, one of the early training battles will have Garrett Reynolds and Mike Johnson fighting for the starting right guard spot.
“It’s an open competition for that position,” head coach Mike Smith said. “It will be interesting to see how that one plays out.”
Smith made it clear that the Falcons still hope to re-sign starting left guard Justin Blalock, who also is an unrestricted free agent.
Reynolds, a 6-foot-7, 310-pounder, was drafted in the fifth round (156th overall) of the 2009 NFL draft.
Johnson (6-5, 312) was drafted in the third round (98th overall) of the 2010 NFL draft.
Both players were inactive for all games last season.
“I feel very confident in the guys that we have that were backups last year that are going to get than opportunity to step in and play, Mike and Garrett Reynolds,” Center Todd McClure said. “Those guys are very capable. They work hard.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog