NFL training camp is a way for teams to get the starters prepared for the regular season. It also serves as an opportunity for players on the bubble to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. For Atlanta Falcons tight end Chase Coffman, it is a great chance to gain valuable experience.
Coffman has experienced quite a bit in his two years in the league. However, the 26-year-old is very thankful to have found a home with the Falcons. The fact that he is able to learn from the greatest tight end to ever play the game is obviously a huge plus. With Tony Gonzalez not in camp due to family commitments, Chase has seen plenty of snaps that will help him immensely once the regular season starts. In fact, the opportunity has shown the coaches what the youngster is capable of accomplishing on the gridiron.
“I’m feeling like I’ve learned a lot more,” Chase told AtlantaFalcons.com, “especially with Tony being gone this offseason and right now getting in more of a groove with the first team offense to take some of those reps.”
It is unknown how big Coffman’s role will be in 2013. It is no secret the Falcons need Gonzalez to have a big season in order for the team to go places. However, that does not mean Coffman will not be able to contribute when he is given a chance to play. Atlanta has high hopes for him, especially with Gonzalez’s career coming to an end. The organization wants him to learn as much as possible so he can transition to the starting role with ease.