Falcons sign TE Tommy Gallarda to practice squad

FLOWERY BRANCH –The Falcons signed tight end Tommy Gallarda to the practice squad and placed tight end Marquez Branson (knee) on the practice

Tight end Tommy Gallarda while with the Jacksonville Jaguars in July. (Associated Press)

Tight end Tommy Gallarda while with the Jacksonville Jaguars in July. (Associated Press)

 squad-injured list.

“We signed Tommy,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said.  ”We had the injury yesterday to Marquez Branson. He had a dislocated knee cap so he’s going to be moved off of the roster and we’re ready to get (Gallarda) in. He’s from Boise State; a big, blocking tight end.”

Gallarda, 6-foot-5, 262 pounds, was originally signed as a college free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011. He was a four-year letterman at Boise State, where he had 25 receptions for 257 yards and nine touchdowns.

Branson, 6-3, 247 pounds, was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad on October 28, 2010 and later signed as a reserve/future free agent by the Falcons on January 18, 2011. He was signed to of the Falcons practice squad again on September 5, 2011.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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19 comments Add your comment

The Real Falcon

September 15th, 2011
3:22 pm

What is the word on Douglas?

Beckzhere

September 15th, 2011
3:30 pm

How about we sign some more defensive help. Lord knows we need it!

Chucktown38

September 15th, 2011
3:54 pm

A good D starts with getting ride of VanGorder.

mountain_jim

September 15th, 2011
4:10 pm

TE has been a hurt-filled position this season.

OC/DC Dinosaurs

September 15th, 2011
4:41 pm

More blockers mean no explosive plays down field.

Big Stankering 4 U

September 15th, 2011
5:34 pm

This is news ?
How about signing some offensive linemen,linebackers, and defensive backs ? Witherspoon couldn’t tackle a 95 year-old lady & Dunta couldn’t cover a man in a wheel chair….

66nativefan

September 15th, 2011
5:44 pm

The main problem…The Falcon’s offense is the most predictable, boring offense in the league. They don’t fool anybody….ever.

Not one screen or draw against a strong defense like Chicago? We could also use some quick passes and shots out of the backfields to our faster backs.

Philly will add speed to this defensive equation. God help the Falcon’s!
Do ya think a different OC is the answer?

Paddy

September 15th, 2011
7:25 pm

What happenened to the tight end from Boise St that was in pre-season camp? Was he injured?

Jack Sartain

September 15th, 2011
8:24 pm

Play Michael Palmer more.

THE TRUTH

September 15th, 2011
8:49 pm

all you wannbe GM’s and coaches make me laugh. “fire bvg”, “more blocking means no more dowfield” hes on the practice squad for cryin out loud! yall should go ahead and send in your resume because your a sure bet to replace smitty and co.YA BUNCH OF JOKERS

Old Violin

September 15th, 2011
9:50 pm

I’ve been watching the Falcons a long time and Sunday’s Offensive Line reminded me of back when Randy Johnson had minus 2 seconds to throw the ball…..When you can’t block, can’t tackle and look like you’re scared to make a tackle, you look like a secretary who can’t type….Question ! How many tackles have you made this season ? Answer ! None yet, but “Coach” wants me to hold my head up and be positive……the tackle will happen……I just gotta be patient and listen to the “Coach”…BULL FEATHERS…..grab somebody on offense and tackle their butt….it’s not like working or something……and no, it doesn’t require a brain, it requires a desire……

Old Violin

September 15th, 2011
9:57 pm

At what point will the game between Vick and the Falcons be over ? I’d guess the first quarter or first half would have us all leaving the easy chair to do something more exciting, like washing dishes, mowing the lawn, changing the baby’s diaper or having a friendly chat with our mother in law….Hope I’m wrong !

bcinbuford

September 15th, 2011
10:21 pm

To THE TRUTH:
Put away your “Rose colored glasses”. If you think a change isn’t needed for either the OC or DC then maybe you should start watching the games! The Falcons are loaded with talent. Talent that is not being utilized by the current coordinators. That is the coordinators job is to coordinate the talent you have to be the most productive. Since the second New Orleans game last season I do not see that being done!

bcinbuford

September 15th, 2011
10:39 pm

Here is a little nugget for you. We started this season with two first-time starters on our offensive line. We should be able to predict that with the Bears Dominating defensive front we would be getting a lot of pressure. Did we run one play to slow down that pressure? A single screen pass? A draw? Did we even try to move the pocket by design (not just Ryan trying to run for his life)? We also knew the Bears would play a cover 2 secondary. Where were all the routes going down the seams? These are the facts. The OC did not game plan for the Bears. Last year we started the season playing a team that was using their third string QB. Their OC game planned for that and they ended up beating us. Fact. Last year we were in way too many close games. Many games that should not have ever been that close. First New Orleans game, San Francisco, both Tampa Bay games need I continue? The DC wants to make this grand defensive scheme that says the only pressure from our defense should come from the defensive front. It does not work that way. If you want to put pressure on an opposing offense, you have to put it on the entire offense! Playing soft coverage give the receivers and QBs time to get in synch and move the ball which leads to scoring. Before you start calling other people a bunch of jokers you need to think not only about what you are saying, but what they are saying also. I have followed this team for 35 years. I am a true Falcons fan. I have sat in the Dome and watched as time ran out as Deion was making it “his house”. Don’t doubt my love for the Falcons. It is the love I have for the Falcons that makes me look at what is going on on the field.

bcinbuford

September 15th, 2011
10:41 pm

Here is a little nugget for you. We started this season with two first-time starters on our offensive line. We should be able to predict that with the Bears Dominating defensive front we would be getting a lot of pressure. Did we run one play to slow down that pressure? A single screen pass? A draw? Did we even try to move the pocket by design (not just Ryan trying to run for his life)? We also knew the Bears would play a cover 2 secondary. Where were all the routes going down the seams? These are the facts. The OC did not game plan for the Bears. Last year we started the season playing a team that was using their third string QB. Their OC game planned for that and they ended up beating us. Fact. Last year we were in way too many close games. Many games that should not have ever been that close. First New Orleans game, San Francisco, both Tampa Bay games need I continue? The DC wants to make this grand defensive scheme that says the only pressure from our defense should come from the defensive front. It does not work that way. If you want to put pressure on an opposing offense, you have to put it on the entire offense! Playing soft coverage give the receivers and QBs time to get in synch and move the ball which leads to scoring. Before you start calling other people a bunch of jokers you need to think not only about what you are saying, but what they are saying also. I have followed this team for 35 years. I am a true Falcons fan. I have sat in the Dome and watched as time ran out as Deion was making it “his house”. Don’t doubt my love for the Falcons. It is the love I have for the Falcons that makes me look at what is going on on the field. It is the love for the Falcons that prompt me to say this!

B'Red

September 16th, 2011
12:31 am

Somebody please tell what kinda of defense are the Falcons running when the defensive end has to cover a back out of the backfield on a pass play….I always see linebackers covering those plays on other teams.

Rikus

September 16th, 2011
12:37 am

@B’Red – generally that is a “zone blitz.” The idea is to overload one side of the offensive line with multiple blitzers. In order to keep some semblance of coverage (at least for the first few seconds), a defensive lineman on the other side of the line will drop back into zone coverage.

Also, defensive linemen will often follow running backs out of the backfield if they sense a screen play developing.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 16th, 2011
12:38 am

Paddy — Yes. He reached an injury settlement with the team. (Winterswyk)

I usually just read but....

September 16th, 2011
7:33 am

explain how plays can develope downfield without blocking? just saying