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  • The NFL assistant coach with the longest consecutive tenure with the same team finally is retiring.

    The Tennessee Titans announced Friday that strength and conditioning coach Steve Watterson is retiring after 32 years with the franchise Sean Mannion Jersey , and Tom Kanavy will take over after three seasons with the team.

    Watterson joined the then-Houston Oilers in 1986 as strength and conditioning coordinator before becoming assistant coach in 1988. He moved with the franchise to Tennessee in 1997. He said in a statement it became came clear it was time to retire with the Titans starting their offseason program Monday.

    Kanavy spent eight seasons as head of strength and conditioning for Minnesota and 11 years with Philadelphia as an assistant. He also worked at the University of Miami and Penn State.

    Since Julio Jones isn’t playing tonight, the Falcons figured to lean on rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley a little more.

    They started with the opening kickoff.

    The first-round pick sparked a quick drive with a 34-yard return to start the game Adam Vinatieri Jersey , and the Falcons needed less than four minutes to put together a seven-play touchdown drive.

    Ridley didn’t return kicks at Alabama (other than two stray punt returns his sophomore year), and not every team is willing to risk premium picks on a play that the league routinely refers to as “the most dangerous play in the game.”

    Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan hit tight end Austin Hooper twice Charles Tapper Jersey , including for the touchdown during the quick start. The Falcons starters only played one series last week, what amounted to a three-and-out with two penalties.

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