Falcons name Garrett Reynolds starting right guard


Tackle (75) Garrett Reynolds levels a tackling dummy while running a drill. He will replace Harvey Dahl as the team's starting right guard. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Tackle (75) Garrett Reynolds levels a tackling dummy while running a drill. He will replace Harvey Dahl as the team's starting right guard. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com


FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Mike Smith named Garrett Reynolds as the starting right guard on Monday.

With Harvey Dahl playing for the St. Louis Rams, Reynolds and Mike Johnson competed for the opening.

Reynolds worked with the first team when training camp opened and has not relinquished that role. Johnson’s bid was sidetracked when he suffered a concussion. He was in the league’s concussion protocol for more than a week.

“I think things are going good so far,” Reynolds said. “I just want to continue to grow every week. I learned at lot out there playing with those guys.”

Reynolds will get his first career start against the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

“They have some really good players,” Reynolds said. “We started looking at them earlier today and got into some film.”

Reynolds, a 2009 fifth-round draft pick, is huge for a guard at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds. He was drafted as a tackle, but has been trained to play both spots over the last two seasons.

Johnson, who’s 6-6 and 304 pounds, was taken in the third round of last year’s draft.

Reynolds has 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 from watching him play,” Reynolds said. “I try to play the same way that Harvey always played.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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Jay Cool 4daBirds

September 5th, 2011
3:24 pm

Since we no longer have Dahl, Ithink Reynolds is the next best thing. Good job Falcons.

Ken Strickland

September 5th, 2011
3:26 pm

The battle for RG has finally been decided, now we have to wait for the NCB decision.


September 5th, 2011
3:36 pm

If Reynolds can be tagged as mean, nasty and good, he will be better than Dahl. You see, Dahl was always tagged as mean and nasty, never good! I am sure he was a good player but nobody ever called him good.

Sly Ty

September 5th, 2011
4:09 pm

Glad it is over. Bring on the the Bears with their great defense, and pathetic offense.

The Real Falcon

September 5th, 2011
4:56 pm

Saw the interview on the Falcons website.
Heard your question, by the way.


September 5th, 2011
5:17 pm

Bigger mean is better than (a bit) smaller mean. I like it!

steven A.

September 5th, 2011
5:48 pm

Leonard Davis ex pro-bowler still available. Davis is a Guard, 6″6 360lbs, Mean and excellent.


September 5th, 2011
6:12 pm

steven A……..think the line is complete and they will go with what they got in house. Looks good enough to me.

Ken Strickland

September 5th, 2011
6:13 pm

STEVEN A-If Leonard Davis is all you say he is, then why do you think he’s still available, especially with the OL issues the Cowboys have had? Usually, when OFF or DEF linemen are that big, they have far more difficulty recovering from injuries, and they tend to lose their mobility a lot sooner than normal.


September 5th, 2011
6:38 pm

I remember when Reynolds was drafted and all the “experts” said he was a big tackle who didn’t bend and move very well…sooo doesn’t a guard have to pull and bend??


September 5th, 2011
7:47 pm

ken – i see you are now a “man?” of very little words now that you see what condition your failcans are really in!

Falcon James

September 5th, 2011
7:53 pm

It still to be seen if Reynold can replace Dahl. Dahl was a beast. I have more of a concern is that draft pick from a couple year ago that seem to like to hold because he can’t block. Pretty sure his name Sam Baker. Maybe Johnson can play his spot.


September 5th, 2011
8:27 pm

What about center? Anyone else concerned about that after watching Hawley getting manhandled by the Ravens backup D-linemen?

Geoff Hangartner is available (waived by Buffalo).

Ken Strickland

September 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

HIRAMAINT-Here are a few words for you about your AINTS. You have 2 new OLinemen, which isn’t necessarily an improvement, especially at RT, and you have 2 new DLinemen. While the addition of DT AFranklin might improve your poor run DEF, his 4 career sacks in 9yrs, and zero(0)sacks last yr, will be a serious setback to your already poor pass rush.

Your new DE has 7.5 career sacks in 6yrs, and 5 or those came in one yr. And to make things worse, you’re bringing back that same no playmaking secondary which had only 6 combined INT’s. We had 2 DB’s with 5 each. You also had to replace one of last yrs OLB’s.

I see you raided the Seahawks for a replacement. I’m certain all AINT FANS are excited about the change and view it as an upgrade, but 36 total tackles and 1 INT isn’t anything to get excited about. Last yr, as the defending NFC South and Superbowl winning AINTS, you returned your entire OFF and most of your DEF.

Yet, you still managed to finish 2nd in the division, with a 11-5 record. Then you followed that up with a humiliating loss to the 1st ever playoff team with a losing record, which makes it the worst playoff team in NFL history. Now you delusional AINT FANATICS expect this yrs AINTS to somehow return to past Superbowl glory with less talent and depth than you had last yr.

Every NFC South team has improved their talent and depth significantly except the AINTS. All the AINTS have done, at best, is to further weaken your already poor pass rush, in an attempt to try and strengthen another weak area, your poor run DEF.

Trust me, your AINTS will continue their slide by finishing 3rd in the division behind the Falcons and Bucs, and will miss the playoffs.

Ken Strickland

September 5th, 2011
9:23 pm

FALCON JAMES-Since Reynolds has been named as HDahl’s replacement, it looks like our coaching staff doesn’t share your opinion. Naming him as Dahl’s replacement means they apparently saw plenty of what he can do, don’t you think?

CHRIS-Would you actually be foolish enough to sign Hangartner to replace Hawley? Why do you think the Falcons would be stupid enough to replace Hawley with a player that doesn’t know the system, calls, audibles, teaminology, no huddle OFF, or a single play, 5 days before kickoff?

Besides, TMcClure is expected to miss only 1 gm, at most 2.


September 5th, 2011
9:25 pm

Strickland: Your team proved they were not more than just pretenders.


September 5th, 2011
9:30 pm

N.O. 12 – 4
T.B. 10 – 6
ATL 9 – 7
CAR 5 -11


September 5th, 2011
9:32 pm

A preview of this year’s NFC championship game, this Thursday night on NBC.


September 5th, 2011
9:59 pm

SeenThisB4: Is your real name Gary Wright because you truly are a “DreamWeaver”


September 5th, 2011
10:17 pm


You know you have worn out your WELCOME when you re-visit a home and the door mat just says, “WEL?”

Looks like my man Ken Strickland just broke somebody’s team down and schooled somebody. Looks like the big ole’ yellow bus is rolling into the school yard to pick up the kids and take them home on – what the high school kids call:

“The Loser Cruiser!”

Saved By The Bell – Mr. AIN’T? LMAO


September 5th, 2011
10:37 pm

ken – all that wasted typing and your team still took the worst beating a #1 seed has ever taken! at least the failcans stuck with their consistent losing and went 0-4 thus far to give us a preview of their 5-11 season to come. picked up anymore injured players lately –hehehehehehehehehehehe


September 5th, 2011
10:39 pm

drmaryb- talkin about bus rides? go to youtube and watch” falcons truth play 60 “

Tyrone Shulaces

September 5th, 2011
11:37 pm

hiram…….Ken took you to the woodshed again. hahahaha! And you keep coming back for more……stupid.


September 6th, 2011
12:36 am

that’s sad beaten into retardation


September 6th, 2011
12:40 am

So there’s a saying. Goes lil something like this. Ignorance is truly bliss, but stupidity is a choice.

Ken Strickland

September 6th, 2011
12:50 am

SEENTHISB4-Tell me, what did your AINTS prove last yr, other than they can regress and lose to teams with losing records, both during the regular season and playoffs?

HIRAMAINT-Unlike you AINT FANATICS, I’m not so embarrassed by my teams 1st rd loss that I refuse to even talk or mention what happened. You AINT FANS are so downright delusional that you either can’t or won’t comprehend and/or accept the fact that your BELOVED AINTS got whipped by the NFL’s 1st ever losing team in NFL playoff history. And to make it even worse, Seattles 25th ranked OFF whipped the black and gold off your 4th ranked DEF by scoring 41pts.

You instigators routinely come on our blogs and make unsubstantiated comments about our Falcons. But when it comes to your AINTS, you deflect everything and refuse to answering questions or discuss anything about them. You routinely avoid any comments, facts, or references that involves your AINTS and their problems.

It would be sooo nice if you could admit what you actually know about your AINTS. It’s a shame that your need to defend at all cost prevents you from engaging in any sort of intelligent discussions about football, especially about our 2 teams.

Based on the unsubstantiated comments you’ve been making about our Falcons, and the way you’ve gone out of you way to avoid talking about your AINTS, maybe you don’t know enough about football to engage in an intelligent discussion.

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Falcons Chic

September 6th, 2011
1:52 am

Ken — you rock.

Afghan Falcons Fanatic

September 6th, 2011
1:56 am

Hey Ken Strickland,

I TOTALLY support your posture Brother!!! The Falcons fans in Afghanistan is growing exponentially.

God Bless America & The Atlanta Falcons!!!!


September 6th, 2011
3:11 am

ken strickland? drmary b?

lol did i accidentally click on the hawks blog? i never see you guys on any other blogs

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September 6th, 2011
6:29 am

Ken – no I wouldn’t sign him to replace Hawley just yet, but I would sign him as an insurance policy. Kind of like they already did with Sanders and the safety from Indy. What if McClure takes longer to recover from the “procedure”?


September 6th, 2011
8:21 am


You just know it is “Too Much Good Stuff!” When:

Your GM, coaches an Peter King can look behind the wizards steel curtain and see which buttons to push.
Here’s my point: when a team like the Falcons can finally start releasing talented players like:

Harvey Dahl
Trey Lewis
Chauncey Davis
Coy Wire

Special Teams parts like: Bear Woods, et.al

You just know, the replacements are coming with hunger and mammoth size like:

Garrett Reynolds 6′7″ 310
Mike Johnson 6′6″ 304

You just know your GM can see holes when he’s added Sanders @ safety and Hayden @ defensive back. What more needs to be said re: Julio Jones? NOTHING!

You just know, you got “Too Much Good Stuff” when the GM and Coaches can literally use the CBA lockout and a lost 14 OTA’s and not lose perspective about a meaningless pre-season of 4 games to evaluate players and their talent potential, all the while pairing down the roster to 53 players. When you just know that a 0-4 pre-season record means absolutely NOTHING when the bright stadium lights and jumbo-trons are turned on.

Good teams don’t worry about pre-season records. They worry about keeping their starters loose and healthy.

Like Sir Charles Barkley said, “You can not win without the players!” Aye Ken, did the fans of little faith forget when No. 7 broke his ankle in pre-season against the Ravens in a meaningless game and on a worthless play? I thought so! The real Falcons Fans – Just Know!

Let’s Go!


September 6th, 2011
8:26 am

* and Peter King …


September 6th, 2011
9:12 am

I would just like to see some O line guys who can make a hole when we play a good team. I hear about how good and expierenced the Oline is suppose to be but when we play the Steelers where are the holes. Is them or Turner waiting too long for a hole to open? I hope Antone Smith gets a chance to run the ball against a good team. I like the way he hits the hole.


September 6th, 2011
9:30 am

bad decision…..Johnson is better than Reynolds

D man

September 6th, 2011
9:35 am

Just two more days before the NFL season starts. I can’t wait.

The Falcons are looking great with the new additions. We are looking stronger than the team that won 13 last season. This will be a fun season again… GO FALCONS!!!


September 6th, 2011
9:41 am

Why are they keeping 10DB’s?

Wow, so clearly they want to keep the competition up through the season.

Divorce Court

September 6th, 2011
9:47 am

The 0-4 pre-season is wrapped up.


September 6th, 2011
9:57 am

Harvey was a beast. Good luck trying to emulate him. A gem of a player, but perhaps you might be a diamond in the rough? Can’t wait to see you play! Go Falcs!

Ken Strickland

September 6th, 2011
9:59 am

CHRIS-you’re operating on the big ASSUMPTION that Hawley can’t get the job done, that McClure won’t recover anytime soon, and that the FA OC we’d sign could do better than Hawley or our other backup Bruggerman. If you think we’re taking a chance with Hawley, take a look at what the Bears have done.

They wouldn’t resign their Probowl OC, who was signed by New Orleans, so they moved last yrs starting OG, RGaza, who’s a former Falcon, over to play center. This, along with their obsession with building a vaunted DEF, is why the Bears have always had OFF issues, especially with their OL. Hawley is obviously the heir apparent at OC, so it’s a good time for him to get his feet wet under fire.

We can’t keep asking our braintrust to throw our young developing players under the bus and replace them whenever we’re not convinced of their ability, or because they had 1 or 2 questionable gms. If we had taken that approach from the beginning we wouldn’t have the services of SS WMoore, DT PJerry, LT SBaker, OLB SNicholas, or Probowlers like CB BGrimes, RT TClabo, WR/K/P returner EWeems or WR RWhite, as well as OG HDahl.

This Falcon team wasn’t built on fear, apprehension or uncertainty. When you make the decision to build through the draft, and we certainly made that decision, you have to expect some failures and delays in development along the way. Rather than over reacting, and prematurely getting rid of players that don’t develop according to our timetable, we have to show patience and maintain the commitment to our plan of development, which is exactly what our coaching staff and GM have done.

Just relax, we’re in good hands with TD, Smitty and OL coach PBoudreau. Boudreau came in after the RPatrino fiasco and took over an OL that couldn’t run or pass block. If less than 2 amazingly short yrs, he transformed that pitiful OL into one of the NFL’s premier OL’s. If he feels Hawley is ready, trust me, there’s nothing for any of us to worry about.

Ken Strickland

September 6th, 2011
10:11 am

FLIP-when you team has been among NFL leaders in rushing yds for 3 consecutive yrs, it means your OL is definitely opening some holes. And when your OC is extremely conservative and predictable with his play calling, and calls most of his runs between the tackles, it makes the OL’s job that much harder.

CHRIS-OL coach PBoudreau took over immediately after the RPetrino fiasco. Under RPetrino our OL was one of the NFL’s worst at run and pass blocking. In just one training camp and preseason, he turned what was a joke of an OL into one of the NFL’s elite. Therefore, if Boudreau feels OC JHawley, who is the obvious heir apparent at OC, is ready to take over, believe me he’s ready.


September 6th, 2011
10:14 am

It Takes Two!

“bad decision…..Johnson is better than Reynolds”
-bigcrimson75 -

So what? You got both!

Ken Strickland

September 6th, 2011
10:21 am

NAGOYAFALCON-Where did you get the idea that HDahl was a beast? Obviously the Falcons didn’t feel that way about him, since they chose to let him walk and resign Blalock. Dahl had a reputation for being nasty and/or dirty, because of his habit of hitting after the play or after the whistle, which drew a lot of unnessary penalties.

Don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player, but I don’t see how that makes him into the beast you seem to think he is.

PMC-With the recent signing of DB’s Sanders and Heyden, who won’t be ready to contribute for a while, and the unsettled battle for NCB, it makes sense to have adequate backup. Also, Heyden is an injury risk and DRoberson in coming off an injury.

here's to 12-4

September 6th, 2011
11:11 am

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September 6th, 2011
11:50 am



September 6th, 2011
12:09 pm

Its so funny to see the Aints fans focus on our playoff loss so much. It really makes it obvious they will do anything to not think about the worst playoff loss in league history to the worst playoff team in nfl history. You guys literally got spanked by a 7-9 team in the playoffs!!!!!!

At least the loss Atlanta took was given by the Super Bowl champions, If i had to choose between losing to either the super bowl champs or the ABSOLUTE WORST PLAYOFF TEAM EVER i would certainly rather be beat by the CHAMPS. The saints loss was easily the worst loss in NFL playoff history. You guys where supposed to be the defending champs then remember???

If there was any possible way for the Saints to undeniably prove that their super bowl run was more luck and fluke than anything else it was losing to a 7-9 team in the playoffs the following yr.

So Hiram and Seenb4 can focus on what they want to, but the reality is that the more they try to deflect by trolling about the falcons playoff loss the more clear it becomes that they really don’t want to even acknowledge how bad the taints really did look that night. Fun to watch.


September 6th, 2011
12:22 pm

Its incredibly entertaining to see Hiram and Seenb4 trying so hard to do anything they can to not acknowledge how bad a loss it was to lose to the worst Playoff team in NFL history. The best they can do is point out that we where a 1 seed and got worked.

Here’s my opinion. AT LEAST WE HAD THE ONE SEED TAINTS!!! Maybe if the saints had that no 1 seed they wouldn’t have had to play the worst team in NFL playoff HISTORY!! Any other team in the playoffs would have worked the hawks. The saints where the only team with big enough delusions of grandeur to actually choke that bad vs a team that god awful.

The Falcons got beat pretty plainly. I accept that. But there isn’t the same shame in being beat by the SUPER BOWL CHAMPS as there is in losing to a LOSING TEAM in the playoffs!!! LMFAO!!

The more these guys focus on our loss to the super bowl champs the more obvious it is that they really realize how bad that their loss really was.

Ken Strickland

September 6th, 2011
1:56 pm

It amazes me how some Falcons fans can go overboard when it comes to embracing the abilities of other teams, but can’t for the life of them embrace the fact that the Falcons are just as good. The Eagles signed and trade for 2 big name CB’s to go with CB Samuel, as well as signed a one yr pass rushing wonder at DE, and everyone is willing to concede them the Superbowl title.

I’ve yet to see where a single Falcon fan has said we’ll sweep our division, let alone the AINTS. The Falcons have added talent and depth to it’s OFF and DEF, while the AINTS have weakened their pass rush considerably in order to try and strengthen their run DEF. They have 3 changes each to their starting OFF and DEF, and there’s absolutely no indication that these changes can be considered improvements.

We’ve added DE REdwards to improve our weak pass rush, and they’ve added 9yr vet DT AFranklin, who’s 4 career sacks is anything but a solution to anyone’s pass rushing problems. Their new attempt at a pass rushing solution at DE has 7.5 career sacks, but 5 were registered last yr when he was in a contract yr. He got those 5 sacks in Detroit while playing next to their premier DT Sou(I’m don’t know how to spell his name).

How can anyone expect last yrs 2nd place 11-5 AINTS, who’s lost 6 starters, 3 on OFF and 3 on DEF, to be better than the 13-3 Falcons? What’s more rediculous is they’ve replaced most of these 6 starters with marginal to average players at best. Can anyone name a single player that’s been added to the AINTS roster that will have the potential impact of WR JJones and DE REdwards?

Adding DE REdwards strengthens the Falcons DEF in 2 areas. He definitely improves our pass rush, while adding depth at DE. Former starting DE KBiermann now becomes a rotational DE, where he excelled before becoming a starter last yr. The AINTS added DT AFranklin, who’s a solid run stopper, but his 9yr .44 career sack average definitely weakens their already weak pass rush. How is that an overall improvement?

The AINTS lack depth, which is why they suffered so much from injuries, most of which occurred at one position. The Falcons, who are a much improved team this yr, proved to be the better team last yr.