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Falcons have Gonzalez in virtual training camp

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The Falcons knew that to get Tony Gonzalez back for another year, there were going to be certain times they were going to have to work without him.

But coaches are using technology to keep tabs on him, and keep him in the loop during training camp.

We’ve been in communications with him quite a bit with the technology that we have today, its state-of-the-art,” tight ends coach Chris Scelfo said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll get him up to speed. We are using the iPad and we speak just about every night.”

Gonzalez was with the team for the first two days of camp, but has been on family leave since then.

The way he’s kept himself in shape throughout his career means he can be trusted to be away, and hopefully fresh for the grind of his 17th NFL season.

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17 Responses to “Falcons have Gonzalez in virtual training camp”
  1. si1m says: Aug 15, 2013 9:36 AM

    This will come in handy when they play in the Virtual Super Bowl

    in Madden ’14

  2. jtbaudendistel says: Aug 15, 2013 9:49 AM

    Fountain of youth

  3. originalspinpodcast says: Aug 15, 2013 10:15 AM

    Virtual Training C amp for veterans who don’t need to be in training camp.

    There’s an app for that

  4. steelerben says: Aug 15, 2013 10:28 AM

    During virtual training camp Gonzalez sprained a virtual knee. It is okay, though. He’ll miss virtually no time.

  5. gammynomnom says: Aug 15, 2013 10:34 AM

    I hear Matt Ryan is already virtually choking in the playoffs.

  6. justsomerandomguy24 says: Aug 15, 2013 10:36 AM

    “the technology that we have today, its state-of-the-art,” tight ends coach Chris Scelfo said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’ll get him up to speed. We are using the iPad…”

    Is “using the ipad” really state of the art? They do know that you can buy an iPad at every WalMart on earth, right?

  7. FinFan68 says: Aug 15, 2013 11:02 AM

    I like the fact that Gonzalez decided not to retire. He is a great player. That said, he needs to sh*t or get off the pot. Get into camp and develop with the team. This setup makes it seem like he is more important than the rest of the team. It may be a good deal for him but it is likely a point of contention from the rest of the team. What he is doing is similar to a coworker that never has to show up on Mondays or Fridays. No matter how good that person may be at their job, everybody else will eventually have issues with it.

  8. granadafan says: Aug 15, 2013 11:20 AM

    He’s earned it. I don’t think there’s a single Falcon who is begrudging this future Hall of Famer’s absence from camp. He’s already established a chemistry with his QB so the absence won’t have too much of an effect. Unlike Favre, whose position as a QB is needed at camp, Tony is respected by his teammates and didn’t hold an entire franchise hostage.

  9. celty00 says: Aug 15, 2013 11:25 AM

    I am virtually reading this with my state of the art computer.

    Chris Scelfo are you serious?

  10. gammynomnom says: Aug 15, 2013 11:43 AM

    Chris Scelfo: ” I can literallt talk to Tony from a phone IN MY CAR!!!!!”

  11. gopblows says: Aug 15, 2013 11:51 AM

    Ray Lewis never missed camp.

    That’s why he had 2 rings.

  12. seansds3d says: Aug 15, 2013 11:53 AM

    I think for him not being in camp is a mistake and his play will suffer this year because of it… at least in the first half of the season or more if he’s not keeping in shape. Older players go down hill quicker if they’re not keeping on top of their workouts. That’s not even considering getting back into the flow of the game with your fellow players and brushing up on the play book. I think it’s gonna hurt him and the team.

  13. gopblows says: Aug 15, 2013 11:55 AM

    If he was a true professional he would
    Honor his contract. Training camp is
    A part of his contract. No wonder it took
    Some 16years to get 1 playoff win.

  14. jwcarlson says: Aug 15, 2013 12:05 PM

    He should at least be at the facility.

  15. kane337 says: Aug 15, 2013 12:27 PM

    All these “young” guys are dropping like flies with ACL injuries. Enjoy your time off Tony. See you back in camp next week.

  16. kane337 says: Aug 15, 2013 12:36 PM

    gopblows | Aug 15, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT
    If he was a true professional he would
    Honor his contract. Training camp is
    A part of his contract.
    —————————-

    He is honoring his contract you dummy. He negotiated his leave time prior to signing his current contract.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 15, 2013 2:20 PM

    gopblows says:
    Aug 15, 2013 11:51 AM
    Ray Lewis never missed camp.

    That’s why he had 2 rings.
    _____________________________

    He also killed two people and used deer antler spray to stay relevant….

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