The Garrett Reynolds Buzz Is Growing

FLOWERY BRANCH GA - JULY 30: The Atlanta Falcons offense lines up against the defense during opening day of training camp on July 30 2010 at the Falcons Training Complex in Flowery Branch Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

You're thinking we already covered this topic in some detail. You're right, but bear with me.

John Manasso has written for the official site in the past, so certainly his reading of the tea leaves merits more than a derisive snort and a roll of the ol' oculars. He argues that Tyson Clabo is likely to cash in on the biggest deal he can get, one that could take him away from the Falcons. In that scenario, Manasso talks with fellow FoxSports South writer Adam Caplan and tries to get a handle on who is going to replace him.

To my eternal lack of surprise, they settle on Garrett Reynolds. This is the first time I've seen a writer link  the Falcons to potential free agents—former Saint and current Redskin Jammal Brown, for one, and Seattle's Sean Locklear for another—but Reynolds is still seen as the likeliest choice.

Why? Partly because of his talent and partly Manasso's reading of the signs. Reynolds has been one of the few Falcons to attend every workout, which Manasso takes to mean that he's being groomed if Clabo leaves. It could also be Reynolds trying to wedge his foot in the door of his own accord, but either way, it's an encouraging sign.

Will Svitek is also mentioned for his experience and his familiarity with the Falcons' system, and it would be unfair to entirely dismiss him. If he wins in a competition, though, I can't see the 29-year-old being more than a stopgap starter until someone like Reynolds or Jose Valdez can wrest the job away from him. But hey, I've been wrong before.

Your thoughts on Clabo, Reynolds and Svitek?

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