Friday May 8, 2009
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- On the first day of the Atlanta Falcons' minicamp, quarterback Matt Ryan took great pleasure in connecting often with new tight end Tony Gonzalez.
They worked on a few routes together for the first time last week, but Friday marked Ryan's first time running 11-on-11 drills with Gonzalez.
At this point last year, Ryan was a wide-eyed rookie just trying to feel his way in a new environment. After helping Atlanta finish the regular season 11-5 and earn a wild-card berth, Ryan is surrounded by an elite set of skill position players.
The Falcons' acquisition of Gonzalez was almost too good for Ryan to believe.
Gonzalez believes Atlanta has a legitimate chance to become an offensive powerhouse a year after Ryan, running back Michael Turner and receiver Roddy White were first-time Pro Bowl invitees.
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