FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Take a look at the Atlanta Falcons lineup and there are few gaping holes. One of the only ones might be at blocking tight end -- a spot that was accentuated by the absence of starter Tony Gonzalez during offseason team activities.
Friday will be the Falcons' final OTA and Wednesday was the last session open to the media. Next Tuesday begins a three-day mandatory mini-camp, when Gonzalez's Hall-of-Fame presence will make its return to the team's practice facility. (He tweeted recently from Paris where he vacationed with his wife.)
At age 36, Gonzalez often remains on the field for running plays, but he is mostly there to catch passes, so to the extent that the Falcons want to run two or three tight end formations, someone is going to have to win the job -- or the Falcons will have to go outside their current crop to find one, as they did last season in signing Reggie Kelly.
Over the last four seasons, the Falcons' No. 2 tight end has represented something of...