Chris Lindstrom is playing like an All-Pro right now, the best ball of his career. I wrote about Lindstrom performing at an All-Pro level a month ago, and all he’s done is continue the trend. The Falcons’ rushing attack is as potent as it’s been in a long time, and Lindstrom’s ascension certainly factors into that success.
Before the team’s tilt against the Steelers, the Falcons had totaled 806 yards — more than half of all the team’s yards at the time — and seven touchdowns running to the right side of the line of scrimmage behind Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary, who is simultaneously experiencing the best season of his career as well, according to the team’s site. Lindstrom has been Pro Football Focus‘ highest-rated guard for some time, and since Week 11, he’s been perfect.
Lindstrom is surely on his way to All-Pro honors if he maintains this pace. Plenty of national personalities have recognized his efforts, which makes a difference in voting. Brandon Thorn is praised for his expertise in the trenches, and he’s highlighted Lindstrom regularly in clips.
A high-level hook/reach, cut-off & cut from Lindstrom, who is a very good zone run-blocker. pic.twitter.com/hMsjVSpcVc
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) November 29, 2022
This isn’t anything new for Falcons personalities, though. Lindstrom regularly appears in Aaron Freeman’s, host of the Locked on Falcons podcast, film sessions each week.
Lindstrom cut Bostic so hard, Parker Hesse didn't know what to do.#MoveLindstromToCenter2023 Movement grows stronger every week pic.twitter.com/qohWq8BU6S
— Aaron Freeman (@falcfans) November 29, 2022
He’s quickly become the team’s best offensive lineman. It’s not shocking the Falcons picked up Lindstrom’s fifth-year option earlier this offseason, which is set to pay him $13.2 million in 2023, a bargain for a player of his caliber. After extending Grady Jarrett and Jake Matthews this past offseason, you have to think Lindstrom is next, and the former first-rounder sees himself in Atlanta for a long time. It’ll be a steep price to pay for a guard, so Aaron Freeman might have an argument for moving Chris Lindstrom to center, a much more impactful position in Arthur Smith’s offense.
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