FLOWERY BRANCH — Tight end Ryan Winterswyk was signed to the Falcons practice squad today.
“We’ll see where it goes from here,” said Jason D. Bernstein, who represents Winterswyk for XAM Sports.
The former Boise State defensive end was with the Falcons in training camp. He suffered a severe high right ankle sprain and needed six weeks of rehabilitation. To make room for Winterswyk, the Falcons released tight end Tommy Gallarda, who was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 12.
“He’s 100 percent now,” Bernstein said. “He worked out for them today and it went well.”
Winterswyk, of La Habra, Ca., started his career as a walk-on at Boise State.
He was a three-time All-WAC player at defensive end and finished his career with 44.5 tackles for loss.
But the Falcons signed the undrafted rookie to play tight end. He was pressed into tight end duty because of injuries last season for the Broncos.
“He handled the position change well,” Bernstein said. “Hopefully, he’s there for an extended period of time.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog