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Falcons blending 'old' with the 'new'

Young QB Matt Ryan, veteran TE Tony Gonzalez can't wait to mesh

Originally Published: August 19, 2009
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- It's funny how things work in life and the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan seldom turns down a Philly cheesesteak or a slice of pizza. Those are foods Ryan's tight end Tony Gonzalez trashes in his newly released book, "The All-Pro Diet."

Ryan, 24, feels like a veteran going into his second NFL season. Gonzalez, 33, feels like a rookie going into his 13th.

Ryan, the 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year, has the ...

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