Ryan Schraeder Jersey

The Atlanta Falcons have taken steps towards correcting their offensive line problems. First, they re-signed offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo to a three-year deal. Then, they added three new guards in free agency with projected starters James Carpenter and Jamon Brown plus backup Adam Gettis.

None of that will matter much if the team’s situation at right tackle does not improve. Their former starter Ryan Schraeder is on his way out on June 1 and the team desperately needs to find an upgrade at the position. Sambrailo may or may not be it. For what it’s worth, owner Arthur Blank says he does not think the unit is complete yet and expects it to be a focus in the draft, per the team website.

“This is my 19th year as an owner and one of the things I’ve learned is that Matt (Ryan) plays much better vertically than horizontally. . . I don’t think we’re complete in terms of the offensive line. I think it’ll be an area of great scrutiny and activity during the draft.”

Ryan was sacked 42 times last year, with many of them coming from the right side of the line. In theory, Brown will plug the right guard spot better than those that tried and failed in 2018. Right tackle is still the key question mark, though.

The Falcons are expected to use one of their early-round picks on an offensive tackle prospect that could help. Alabama’s Jonah Williams, Washington State’s Andre Dillard, Washington’s Kaleb McGary and Florida’s Jawaan Taylor are the top names. Atlanta hosted Taylor for a workout Thursday.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *