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Reggie Kelly signs with Falcons

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Veteran tight end Reggie Kelly has returned to the team where he started his NFL career.

A source told FOXSports.com that Kelly has agreed to contract terms with the Falcons. Contract details weren’t immediately available.

Kelly, who entered the league with Atlanta as a 1999 second-round draft pick, is expected to play a backup role behind starter Tony Gonzalez. Justin Peele, who is Atlanta’s second-string tight end, is recovering from a knee injury.

Kelly, 34, has played the past eight seasons for Cincinnati. He worked out last week for Pittsburgh.

The Falcons also worked out NFL veteran Anthony Becht before opting to sign Kelly.

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Recieving Yards:


Recieving Touchdowns:


These are his NFL career totals. :mellow: How is this considered "big"?

He's been one of the better blocking tight ends in the league for nearly a decade. PFF has him rated as the #15 pass blocking tight end from 2008-2010:


...Not every tight end's job is to go out and catch passes, you know.

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I think the coaching staff is well aware that Tony Gonzalez's blocking skills have greatly diminished since he arrived in Atlanta. It's one reason we used Will Svitek as a sixth offensive lineman often last season once Tony was kind of exposed in the Eagles game.

I'm guessing this move is not only in response to Tony's diminishing blocking and Peele's injuries, but also because Palmer, Bransen and/or Winterswyk simply aren't ready to step in and fulfill that blocking TE role.

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