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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:30 pm 
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Left tackle giving Falcons reason to worry

Posted Aug. 24, 2012 @ 12:02 p.m. ET
By Dan Parr

The Falcons know very well the importance of quality depth at left tackle. They had to turn to their backup at the position last season, Will Svitek, to start 10 games in 2011 while the Week One starter, Sam Baker, missed time with injuries and struggled to be effective when he was able to play.

Baker is healthy and was given back his starting job as Matt Ryan’s blind-side protector this offseason, but Atlanta lost Svitek for the season earlier this week when he suffered an upper right arm injury in practice.

With the start of the regular season only a couple weeks away, the Falcons are anxious to find help at left tackle, and rookie Lamar Holmes is getting the first crack at showing he’s up to the task of backing up the oft-injured Baker.

Holmes, a third-round pick, missed the offseason program and part of training camp with a broken toe. He also did not play in either of Atlanta’s first two preseason games. The Southern Mississippi product has good size and arm length, but we hear he has looked stiff in practices. Offensive-line coach Pat Hill is working very closely with him.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:48 pm 
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It might be over simplifying things, but the offense will go as Baker goes. If the new "pass" first offense is going to really be a pass first offense, Baker is going to have to step up and step up big time.

Defensive coaches (and players?) know he is our weak link and they will do everything in their power to expose him. Hopefully we won't have to keep in a back or TE to help him, that kind of takes away from spreading it out, don't ya think?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:39 pm 
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Really our Offensive line sucks!! Wait till they start blitzing.!! So many things that could go wrong..... McClure gets old in game one; Baker doesn't get it together; we don't have a starting quality right guard, Blalock proves himself average; and Claybo
shows without a left guard he's average too.

Now I don't think all these things will prove out---not for a second!! However when you leave that many possibilities that bad that could go wrong you can usually count on one happening; and one person getting hurt? Maybe they all play great and no one gets hurt? The odds are not with us; but then this is close to the same group as played last year?

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