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Reynolds takes early lead in guard battle

August 10th, 2011

Garrett Reynolds and Mike Johnson are in a competition to earn the starting spot that was vacated by guard Harvey Dahl when he signed with the Rams before camps opened up. Right now, it appears Reynolds has taken the early lead in that battle.

Mike Johnson suffered a concussion during practice on Sunday and has been day to day since due to the Falcons following the league’s protocols on head injuries. Reynolds had been listed atop the depth chart at right guard on the team’s unofficial depth chart on Monday for this Friday’s preseason opener against the Miami Dolphins.

Johnson was a third round pick last year, while Reynolds was a fifth rounder the previous draft. Johnson worked almost exclusively at left guard last year, and Reynolds as the reserve right. Both players were inactive for all 16 games. But Reynolds probably has the leg-up at least as far as right-sided technique goes, having played a few games late in the year at right guard in 2009.

Reynolds has been noted for his size and nastiness, which is reminiscent of Dahl.

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