Palmer's role with Falcons building

ATLANTA -- Although Jared Cook's homecoming with Tennessee drew the attention, he wasn't the only tight end from Gwinnett County at the Georgia Dome on Sunday.

Parkview product Michael Palmer is in his second season with the Falcons and he had a reception in Atlanta's 23-17 victory over the Titans.

Palmer's catch was just his fifth of the season, but the former Clemson player punctuated it by bulldozing a Tennessee defending for extra yardage on the 11-yard reception from Matt Ryan in the fourth quarter.

Michael Turner killed the drive with a fumble, but Palmer had made another nice impression.

Palmer, 23, wasn't drafted, but made the Falcons as a free agent last season and showed his potential. Getting a chance to play more as a backup to Tony Gonzalez when Justin Peelle was sidelined, Palmer had a 5-yard TD catch against Tampa Bay last November.

This season, Palmer is sharing backup duties behind Gonzalez with veteran Reggie Kelly. He has played in all 10 games and has 38 yards on his five catches. Last season, he had 29 yards on five catches.

Palmer set Clemson records for a tight end as a senior with 43 catches for 507 yards and four touchdowns, earning All-ACC honors. He had at least one catch in his final 11 college games.