Atlanta Falcons 2017 Countdown to Camp: Day 9 – The battle at right guard – Atlanta Falcons News

Atlanta Falcons 2017 Countdown to Camp: Day 9 – The battle at right guard – Atlanta Falcons News

Atlanta Falcons guard Wes Schweitzer sits in the locker room at the team’s practice facility, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Flowery Branch, Ga. BRANDEN CAMP/SPECIAL

Each day leading up to the start of training camp, we’ll look at a major issue that faces the Falcons and head coach Dan Quinn as he’s set to enter his third season with the team.

FLOWERY BRANCH — The battle royale of training camp will be between Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland for the starting right guard position.

The Falcons, the defending NFC champions, report for training camp on Wednesday, July 26.

The Falcons need a replacement for Chris Chester, who elected to retire over the offseason.

Over all 19 games last season, the Falcons started the same offensive line.

Falcons coach Dan Quinn has declared Schweitzer and Garland as the top contenders. The Falcons drafted Sean Harlow in the fourth round and are converted the former Oregon State tackle to guard.

Last season, Chester won a battle over Schweitzer, who was selected in the seventh-round of the 2016 draft. Garland played on offense and defense last season.

The competition is considered a toss-up heading into camp.

Schweitzer tried to make the switch from college left tackle to guard last season.

“We are excited about where Wes is headed,” Quinn said over the offseason.

The Falcons started three rookies last season on defense and have not been afraid to get their young talent on the field. Harlow, who’s father, Pat, was the 11th pick in the 1991 draft, by New England, will get a good look, too.

Offensive line coach Chris Morgan liked how the linemen worked over the…

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