1. Left Guard
Ever since releasing former left guard, Justin Blalock, the Falcons do not have a true left guard on the roster. The front office signed free agent, Mike Person, who was a backup in St. Louis last year. The positive part about Person is that he saw action in every game last season, even though he did not start. Person is labeled as the left guard on the first team, but he will battle guys like Harland Gunn, Peter Konz, and maybe even Sam Baker. This is the biggest question mark on Atlanta’s roster, and hopefully one of these guys can be the clear cut starter before training camp.
2. Right Tackle
Looks like the offensive line is dominating this article. I have always been a big believer in the saying, “to win in the NFL, a team must win in the trenches.” Right now, Atlanta needs to find out which guys will be in the trenches before September 14. Atlanta has two guys that will battle for the right tackle position, Lamar Holmes and Ryan Schraeder. Holmes was the starter last season before having to get season-ending foot surgery. Schraeder then was inserted at right tackle, and he did nothing but impress. This will be an interesting battle as Dan Quinn has two players that are both capable to be solid starters at this position. Whoever loses the position battle might be able to start somewhere else on the offensive line.
3. Free Safety
With former starting free safety Dwight Lowery departing to the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta has to find out who can take Lowery’s place at free safety. Dan Quinn has stated that he is going to stick with Dezmen Southward and Charles Godfrey. According to ESPN writer, Vaughn McClure, Southward is still rehabbing his knee.
Brooks Reed (groin) William Moore (shoulder) Dez Southward (knee) Jake Matthews (foot) among players held out of practice
— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) May 26, 2015
Southward was drafted in 2014 in the third-round, and many hope that he can become the starter. Godfrey is a good veteran on the sideline to have. William Moore needs help at safety, and OTA’s will be the start to see if Southward or Godfrey can be that player.