POST-WALK THROUGH UPDATE 11:15ish
JACKSONVILLE – Newly signed Falcons tight end Reggie Kelly, wearing No. 89, was promptly worked in at the No. 2 tight end position on Wednesday.
He’s expected to provide blocking and help keep the running game rolling.
In an exclusive interview after practice, he talked about coming back to the Falcons, his “retirement” and his days with Dan Reeves. (We’ll post all of that later).
He visited the Pittsburgh Steelers, but wanted to play with the Falcons
because of their explosive offense. The former Falcons’ draft pick also still lives in the “Gwinnett County area” and his kids will get to stay in their schools.
“I never retired,” Kelly said. “I don’t know where that report came from. It was a false report. It was a rumor that got started and from that point it just took off like a wild fire.
“I didn’t retire. When I became a free agent, I still wanted to continue my career. Therefore, that’s why I took a visit to Pittsburgh and also came to the Falcons. I’m glad I got an opportunity to play with such a great team here.”
After tight end Justin Peelle suffered a severe knee injury that will cause him to miss some major time, the Falcons worked out Anthony Becht, who had been out of football for a year, and Kelly. Becht reportedly weighed in at 287 pounds and was not in good football shape.
Other highlights from this morning’s walk through:
–Defensive end Ray Edwards’ practice regiment has been ramped up. He was steady and strong in the walk through. He flowed through one-on-one pass rushing drills on Tuesday and was impressive. We’ll get an update on his status for the game after tonight’s practice.
–Linebackers Akeem Dent (left knee) and Robert James (undisclosed) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (ankle) worked out with the training staff. Dent was running on his knee, which is a sign that he didn’t suffer any major damage.
–The first, second and third team offenses went through their scripts for the evening practice.
–With cornerback Dunta Robinson out with a hamstring, it appeared that Christopher Owens and Dominique Franks were splitting his reps.
EARLIER PRE-PRACTICE POST
JACKSONVILLE — The Falcons are about to hit the field for their morning walk-through scheduled for 9-10:15 a.m.
The Falcons practice schedule is reversed from their workouts in Flowery Branch. At home, the Falcons hold their padded practice in the morning with the walk-through in the evening.
In Jacksonville, they will hold the walk-through in the morning and the joint padded practice is set for 7-9:10 p.m.
They will have another walk-through practice on Thursday.
“We’ve got a really good schedule down there,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Coach Jack Del Rio and his staff, and our staff worked over the summer to put together this practice plan. I think we’re going to get a lot accomplished.”
After the Jacksonville game at 8 p.m. Friday night at EverBank Field, the Falcons plan to break training camp after Sunday’s practice.
They will shift to their regular-season schedule on Monday in preparation for the third exhibition game against Pittsburgh.
“They’ll all be out of the dorms, except for our rookies,” Smith said.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog