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Jake Long expected to sign with Falcons this week

The Atlanta Falcons' blockers held their own as the offense racked up 244 yards in the first half of Monday night's opener versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

Every game, all season

Even with that impressive showing, the offensive line will likely get reinforcements this week.

Former Dolphins and Rams tackle Jake Long is expected to sign with Atlanta, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed of the team's plans.

The first-overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft worked out for the Falcons last week. Long is finally ready to suit up after Dr. James Andrews cleared him for action following last October's ACL tear.

Although last year's first-round pick, Jake Matthews, is holding down left tackle, a healthy Long should push Ryan Schraeder on the right side.

At the very least, the 30-year-old offers veteran insurance with 96 career starts under his belt.

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They were already talking about Long signing during the game. I think he will be starting more soon than late. I also think he will be making a move to RT or Matthews will be. Either way it can solidify the line for no less than 2 years, which gives us time to draft mid round guys and develop them, or sign middle of the road guys like Gino and develop them.

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