Vivlamore reporting from Falcons training camp.
FLOWERY BRANCH – Roddy White warmed up for Monday’s afternoon training camp practice with a spectator standing nearby. Tony Gonzalez was present but wore just a jersey and shorts. It was obvious the 15-year veteran would be watching this workout.
Owner Arthur Blank approached White and asked why the wide receiver wasn’t wearing the white bucket hat with the Falcons logo that has become the fashion statement of the camp.
“Because I have to work today, unlike some of these old guys,” White joked as he motioned to Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was given the afternoon off as has been the plan of coach Mike Smith with the older players on the team.
“We’ve got a plan for a number of guys [who will sit out],” Smith said. “Tony was the first one to take a day off. You’ll see some of the older guys over the next couple of days [rested].”
Players such as center Todd McClure and Gonzalez will be rest periodically through camp and the season. According to Smith, he has already begun the process.
“You’ll see what I call some stealth benchings, where we will pull them off to the side,” Smith said. “They may take a few snaps and you’d really have to be counting to see who is taking the majority of the snaps.”
- Chris Vivlamore