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Pro Football Focus graded last year's Falcons line as a bottom-10 run-blocking machine and the third-worst pass-protecting outfit in all of football.

Atlanta was pushed around at the line of scrimmage from wire to wire, but the early returns on this year's overhauled group have assistant Mike Tice encouraged.

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"I'd lose a lot of sleep if we were getting our *** kicked in pass protection, but we're not," Tice said, per ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure. "We're not going to be a run-first team, so we'll get the runs cleaned up. We've just got to keep protecting that quarterback."

Losing veteran bookend Sam Baker to a season-ending knee injury didn't help, but Atlanta held opponents to just two Matt Ryan sacks over 79 pass attempts in August. That came afterFalcons blockers allowed Ryan to suffer a career-high 44 takedowns last season.

Atlanta's linemen set an ugly precedent last September when they did little to aid Ryan after he was walloped by Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro on a slide in the regular-season opener. Set to face New Orleans on Sunday, Tice already likes what he sees from first-round pick Jake Matthews at left tackle and free-agent addition Jon Asamoah at right guard.

Both are physical movers with a mean streak, giving the Falcons a better chance to hold off a Saintspass-rushing group led by Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette. Atlanta's run-blocking has been a work in progress all summer, but Tice is confident he'll see improvement after New Orleans dialed up eight sacks and 16 hits on Ryan in two meetings last season.

"The one thing they won't be, they won't be punked over by anybody," Tice said of his line. "That's encouraging."

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Pro Football Focus graded last year's Falcons line as a bottom-10 run-blocking machine and the third-worst pass-protecting outfit in all of football.

Atlanta was pushed around at the line of scrimmage from wire to wire, but the early returns on this year's overhauled group have assistant Mike Tice encouraged.                                         

                

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"I'd lose a lot of sleep if we were getting our *** kicked in pass protection, but we're not," Tice said, per ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure. "We're not going to be a run-first team, so we'll get the runs cleaned up. We've just got to keep protecting that quarterback."

Losing veteran bookend Sam Baker to a season-ending knee injury didn't help, but Atlanta held opponents to just two Matt Ryan sacks over 79 pass attempts in August. That came afterFalcons blockers allowed Ryan to suffer a career-high 44 takedowns last season.

Atlanta's linemen set an ugly precedent last September when they did little to aid Ryan after he was walloped by Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro on a slide in the regular-season opener. Set to face New Orleans on Sunday, Tice already likes what he sees from first-round pick Jake Matthews at left tackle and free-agent addition Jon Asamoah at right guard.

Both are physical movers with a mean streak, giving the Falcons a better chance to hold off a Saintspass-rushing group led by Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette. Atlanta's run-blocking has been a work in progress all summer, but Tice is confident he'll see improvement after New Orleans dialed up eight sacks and 16 hits on Ryan in two meetings last season.

"The one thing they won't be, they won't be punked over by anybody," Tice said of his line. "That's encouraging."

"2 sacks in 79 pass attempts . . ." That's nothing to toot our horns at. That was pre-season for crying out loud! We're going to see how much we've improved in protecting Matt Ryan when the season starts next weekend. I hope they have fixed the problem, because if they haven't we're done. A healthy White and Jones will help keep defenses honest, so we're already two steps ahead of last season with those two back in the lineup.

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"2 sacks in 79 pass attempts . . ." That's nothing to toot our horns at. That was pre-season for crying out loud! We're going to see how much we've improved in protecting Matt Ryan when the season starts next weekend. I hope they have fixed the problem, because if they haven't we're done. A healthy White and Jones will help keep defenses honest, so we're already two steps ahead of last season with those two back in the lineup.

True, the fatigue of a full game against division rivals will make guys much more tired than 20 snaps in the first quarter. It's a battle of endurance, not opening technique.
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