The Falcons have a depth issue along the offensive line.
The starting five is solid; in fact, it’s probably more than solid. However, the reserves leave a lot to be desired, especially at the tackle position. The Falcons kept Joshua Miles on their initial 53-man roster but later waived him, signaling another move was coming down the pipe.
Well, that move has come. According to Mike Garafolo, the Falcons have inked a free agent deal with veteran tackle Isaiah Prince, who most recently was with the Broncos after spending four seasons with the Bengals.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 30, 2023
After opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, he would go on to sign with the Bengals and play as the starting right tackle in Super Bowl LVI. Obviously, injuries thrust him into a starting role.
He certainly wasn’t great, mostly playing right tackle. Like a lot of the Falcons offensive linemen, Prince is a better run blocker than pass blocker, but it’s clear what his role is — swing tackle.
Much like starting pitchers in the MLB, the NFL has a lack of quality tackles. Every club is looking for a third tackle, and there’s not enough for everyone. The Falcons don’t have one of the better swing tackles, but he’s likely an upgrade over what they had. As they say, beggars can’t be choosers.
Most of his experience comes at right tackle, but he did play on the left side in college. Thankfully, the Falcons have an iron man on the left side *knocks on wood*. Jake Matthews has missed exactly one game in his career, so it makes sense the Falcons would add a backup with experience on the right side.
Nonetheless, if any of the Falcons offensive linemen goes down, it’s not going to be pretty.