Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 6/18/13
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- When the Falcons drafted cornerback Desmond Trufant in the first round and he was unable to participate in the early stages of offseason team activities because of a rule in the collective bargaining agreement, they did everything they could to get Trufant up to speed. To that end, a defensive coach used Skype to keep Trufant abreast of what the team was doing on a daily basis.When it comes to tight end Tony Gonzalez during mandatory minicamp, not so much. Asked if Gonzalez, who has been excused from this weeks three-day minicamp, were using any techniques similar to what Trufant did, head coach Mike Smith responded in the negative.Tony has been doing this for a long time, Smith said. Hes 37 years old. Theres no reason for Tony not to be resting, resting his body and getting ready for the regular season. Our main goal every year is to have our players ready for the first game and each player takes a little bit different path to get there. Tonys path is a lot d...
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