but his ability as a run blocker was a downgrade from Garland’s.
As for right tackle, starter Ryan Schraeder was benched in Week 14 and Ty Sambrailo stepped
in. Sambrailo previously filled in for an injured Schraeder during the 2017 season and he did not
allow a single sack in the 266 total snaps he took in 2018 when given the starting job.
“We really believe that he did a really good job when he was asked to step up, and we continue
to think that he will continue to do so,” Dimitroff said of Sambrailo. “There’s no question in my
mind that he has starter ability as well, and it’s just a matter of how it comes together.”
Heading into 2019, Shraeder, Levitre, Fusco, Beadles and Garland are no longer with the team.
Sambrailo was signed to a three-year contract this offseason and will be competing for the
starting right tackle job during AT&T Training Camp.
Garland was replaced by Zane Beadles. Beadles proved to be sturdy when it came to pass protection,
THE FRESH FACES
The Falcons made moves during free agency to bolster the interior line and welcomed in
guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown. Carpenter has 97 starts under his belt since 2011
and Brown has made 38 starts over the last four seasons. This active free agency period served
as a preview to the NFL Draft, where the Falcons added two offensive linemen in the first round
to battle for starting jobs.
“It’s always a good thing as a quarterback when they are drafting guys to keep you on your
feet,” said Ryan. “They are drafting guys that are going to help the run game. …I really believe the
longer I play, more and more games are won on the front side of the ball on both sides,”
The rookie draft picks, guard Chris Lindstrom and tackle Kaleb McGary, got a chance to play
on the same team at the Senior Bowl and their excitement to get to work was always evident.
ATLANTA FALCONS YEARBOOK 2019