Atlanta Falcons plan to feature Tony Gonzalez more

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) celebrates with teammate tight end Tony Gonzalez (88) after a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the first quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons offense has been decimated by injuries, which means a trusty veteran will gain more attention in the game-planning moving forward.

With injuries to running back Steven Jackson and wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, quarterback Matt Ryan needs to find a way to keep the offense rolling and turn the team’s dreadful 1-4 start around.

As far as offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is concerned, that will mean featuring tight end Tony Gonzalez moving forward.

“As we evolve into this wide receiver situation, obviously there might be more things up with Tony featured as the No. 1 guy,” Koetter said, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s a no-brainer. We’ll see how that goes.”

The Falcons have a great shot at getting back in the win column this weekend with a match up against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so this will be the perfect opportunity to get Tony Gonzalez more involved and give the offense the boost that they desperately need.

In addition to Gonazlez, wide receiver Harry Douglas will be thrown in to a bigger role as the team continues their search for a new identity without the top two receivers on the outside.

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