Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A few evening notes from Atlanta's camp.
The Falcons put out their initial unofficial depth chart Tuesday and there aren't any real surprises. The first offense is what it was most of last year with tight end Tony Gonzalez added to the mix.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the offensive depth chart is the situation at backup wide receiver. With Harry Douglas lost for the season, the Falcons have Marty Booker and Brian Finneran listed as the top two backups. But Robert Ferguson, Chandler Williams, Eric Weems, Troy Bergeron and Aaron Kelly also are in the mix. Also, Chris Redman is listed as the No. 2 quarterback and D.J. Shockley is third.
On the defensive side, the Falcons have rookie Peria Jerry as the first-team nose tackle. The first-teamers in other positions of interest are Stephen Nicholas at strongside linebacker, Brent Grimes at cornerback and Thomas DeCoud at safety.
The Falcons were hoping Douglas would play a big role in the return game. For the moment, they're listing Jerious Norwood as the kickoff returner and Grimes as the punt returner.
The Falcons had a very nice event this afternoon. It was Alumni Day and more than 60 former Falcons showed up, including eight from the inaugural 1966 team. The event, organized by player development director Kevin Winston, was a little different than the usual.
This wasn't tied to any marketing or sales campaign. In fact, the afternoon practice was closed to the public. The alumni basically had a reunion as they watched practice. At the end of practice, coach Mike Smith called all the alumni to join the current players as he spoke to the team. Couldn't hear the speech. But I can say I heard several alumni raving about the current facilities and wishing they had something like the Flowery Branch complex back in their playing days. By the way, Morten Andersen showed up and looked like he's still fit enough to play in this league.