UPDATED: 12:26 AM. (With the team’s revised depth chart.)
FLOWERY BRANCH – While it’s too early to declare a winner for the starting right guard position, Garrett Reynolds appears to have a commanding early lead.
With Harvey Dahl off to the St. Louis Rams, Reynolds and Mike Johnson were set to compete for the open spot. Reynolds is listed as the starter on the “unofficial” depth chart released by the team for the exhibition season opener against Miami at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Georgia Dome.
Reynolds opened training camp working with the first team and has not relinquished that role. Johnson’s bid was sidetracked last Thursday when he suffered a concussion. He’s in the league’s concussion protocol and is officially day-to-day.
He did not practice on Monday.
Reynolds is not taking anything for granted.
“Just worry about myself and my own technique,” Reynolds said. “I see things every day on film. I write down anything I need to fix. I look back over it and try to focus on that the next day when I get back on the field.”
Reynolds, a fifth-round draft pick in 2009, is huge at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds for a guard. He was drafted as a tackle, but has been trained to play both spots over the last two seasons.
“I feel pretty good in there,” Reynolds said. “I’ve been getting use to it the last couple of years.”
Johnson was taken in the third round of the 2010 draft and he’s 6-6, 304.
While he’s out, Reynolds will get a chance to play.
“There are still a couple of things I need to keep working on,” Reynolds said. “I feel comfortable in there communicating with the guys. But it’s still a work in progress.”
The winner will have a huge role to fill because Dahl was such an aggressive and nasty player. Reynolds believes he can provide that same level of nastiness.
“I learned a lot from Harvey and watching him play,” Reynolds said. “I try to play the same way that Harvey always played.”
(The team sent out a revised depth chart)
WR 11 Julio Jones 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems 15 Andy Strickland
18 Doug Beaumont 12 Kevin Cone
LT 72 Sam Baker 65 Jose Valdez
LG 63 Justin Blalock 69 Andrew Jackson 68 Paul Fenaroli
C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley 67 Rob Bruggeman 64 Ryan McMahon
RG 75 Garrett Reynolds 79 Mike Johnson
RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek 66 Matt Murphy
TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 81 Michael Palmer 85 Marquez Branson
86 Ryan Winterswyk 48 A.J. Simmons
WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier 16 Tim Buckley 17 Brandyn Harvey
19 Drew Davis 89 P.J. Gore
QB 2 Matt Ryan 8 Chris Redman 4 John Parker Wilson 13 Adam Froman
RB 33 Michael Turner 44 Jason Snelling 27 Gartrell Johnson 35 Antone Smith
22 Jacquizz Rodgers 32 Philip Sylvester
FB 34 Ovie Mughelli 42 Lucas Cox 40 Thor Merrow
RE 55 John Abraham 90 Lawrence Sidbury 93 Cliff Matthews 96 Emmanuel Stephens
DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker 97 Trey Lewis
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry 76 Kiante Tripp
LE 93 Ray Edwards 71 Kroy Biermann 92 Chauncey Davis 70 Tom McCarthy
OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 59 Spencer Adkins 51 Robert James 49 Youri Yenga
MLB 50 Curtis Lofton 52 Coy Wire 43 Akeem Dent 45 Bear Woods
OLB 53 Mike Peterson 54 Stephen Nicholas 46 LaMarcus Thompson
RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens 26 Kamaal McIlwain
LCB 20 Brent Grimes 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls 37 Kirk Belgrave
S 25 William Moore 36 Rafael Bush 38 Rafael Priest 30 Matt Hansen
S 28 Thomas DeCoud 39 Shann Schillinger 41 Suaesi Tuimaunei
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher 6 Ken Parrish
KR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas
PR 14 Eric Weems 83 Harry Douglas
LS 82 Joe Zelenka 47 Andrew Schulze
H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier
|–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog
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