Atlanta Falcons: Tommy Gallarda’s learning curve

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tommy Gallarda (left) and other players sign autographs for fans during Friday Night Lights at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday, August 3, 2012. Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tommy Gallarda (left) and other players sign autographs for fans during Friday Night Lights at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee on Friday, August 3, 2012. Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH — The Falcons signed tight end Tommy Gallarda to the practice squad last September after Marquez Branson suffered a dislocated knee cap.

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.

Gallarda used his time on the practice squad to improve and he made the roster cut down to 53 players.

“You want consistency,” offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. “That’s all you can ask of any player is that you get the same guy every day. Then you try to put them in position to play to their strengths and avoid their weaknesses.”

Gallarda will backup Tony Gonzalez and Michael Palmer. He will be primarily used as a blocker, but has flashed some more than capable hands in practice.

“You’ve got role players on every offense and all you can do is ask those guys to be consistent,” Koetter said.

Reggie Kelly was the team’s third tight end last season, while Gallarda was toiling away on the practice squad.

“Watching Tony every day, really helped out my learning curve,” Gallarda said. “I was able to carry that over to this year.”

He doesn’t plan to rest on his roster spot. He’s seen players come and go and plans to continue to improve.

“I’m more of a Y [blocking tight end],” Gallarda said. “I want to be good at both. I want to run routes and catch the ball. I can stand there and block in pass [protection]. I’m just trying to be balance and do everything.”

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8 comments Add your comment

Getaway

September 5th, 2012
7:27 am

Good kid, I would like to see him get some opportunities.

THE FAN

September 5th, 2012
7:44 am

Will this Jacksonville pipeline ever stop. Lamark Brown was way better, but they choose who?
Another Jacksonville loser…….

Seen This B4

September 5th, 2012
8:03 am

If he’s a blocking tight end, then why study Tony G who’s not?

Robert Taylor

September 5th, 2012
8:58 am

I agree with Koetter who said he’s a consistent player. and “The Fan”, Gallarda caught all his passes in traffic and didn’t let passes go through his hands to be picked. Gallarda is considerably better both in blocking and receiving. Can’t blame Brown he is a WR not a TE.

THE FAN

September 5th, 2012
10:44 am

Your right Robert Taylor, but that was just one pass that went off his hand. Everything else he touched was a catch. I’m just tired of seeing everything Jacksonville get rid of ends up on our roster.

N

September 5th, 2012
11:33 am

The Fan — no, there were two interceptions off of Brown’s hands. Both were catchable. I liked Brown a lot too, but he nailed his coffin with the second one of those. Gallarda out played him, pure and simple. Would have liked to see Brown on the practice squad, but the fact that he isn’t there should tell you something.

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