Despite suffering through the most epic collapse in Super Bowl history and then making changes at both coordinator spots, there isn’t a lot that the Atlanta Falcons have to sort out during training camp this year.
As you might expect of a championship-caliber team that lost only a few players to either retirement or free agency, the Falcons will arrive at camp with most of their starting jobs already decided.
Most, not all. At least two starting jobs have yet to be decided. The Falcons still aren’t sure how the depth chart will look at other key spots.
With that in mind, here’s a look at the three position battles that should prove to be the most intriguing during a Falcons training camp aimed at moving past that devastating loss in Super Bowl LI.
The Falcons’ offensive line was not only one of the best in the league last year, it was also one of the most durable. The team got 19 games out of each of its five opening day starters.
The unit returns virtually intact, the only hole being at right guard, where Chris Chester retired after he struggled mostly as a pass protector, surrendering 45 pressures in 628 pass-blocking snaps, per Pro Football Focus.
With Chester gone, 2016 sixth-round draft pick Wes Schweitzer steps up as the favorite to fill the void, but he’ll have to prove he’s a better option than either Ben Garland or 2017 fourth-round draftee Sean Harlow.
Schweitzer is a pure zone-blocking guard who has great mobility and a lot of college experience in the kind of scheme the Falcons run, but his lack…
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