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https://www.myajc.com/sports/football/schraeder-battling-through-his-demotion-right-tackle/GVGhBgihr4RF1j0WeCJoXI/

DLed actually wrote a comprehensible article.....I've highlighted some of Schraeder's quotes about possibly moving to Guard.

 

FLOWERY BRANCH —  Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder took his demotion hard.

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But after two games as the backup, he’s starting to deal with his new reality. 

“I’m good,” Schraeder said on Wednesday. “I just have to stay positive and know that better days are ahead. I just have to do what they asked me to do to the best of my ability to finish out this year.”

The Falcons (5-9) are set to play the Panthers (6-8) at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. 

Schraeder was signed as an undrafted college free agent in 2013 after a stellar career at Valdosta State. He was the classic late-bloomer and developed in to an NFL starter. 

He signed a five-year, $34 million contract extension in 2016, but two games ago he was benched against Green Bay. He played four special teams plays in the loss to the Packers.

He played three offensive snaps and six on special teams in the win over the Cardinals after making 72 starts. 

The Falcons have started Ty Sambrailo at right tackle the past two games. 

“They just kind of told me that they were going to make a change and that they cared about me,” Schraeder said. “They felt they needed to do that. So, I just accepted it and went right along with it.”

After starting and helping the Falcons get to Super Bowl LI, Schraeder said that dealing with the benching has been difficult.

“It’s not easy,” Schraeder said. “I’m on the rise now. I’m doing better. I just try to stay focused and just try to work on things I need to get better at.”

Schraeder was not having one of his best seasons. He had trouble in the Pittsburgh game against T.J. Watt and in the Saints game against Cam Jordan. 

“From what I was told, we’ll find out more after the season and just take it from there,” Schraeder said.

Schraeder is scheduled to make base salaries of $6.25 million in 2019, $5.75 in 2020 and $6 million in 2021. But after the demotion the Falcons have signaled they may consider him a cap casualty or at the least a candidate to have his contract restructured.  

Schraeder wants to keep playing in the NFL.

“I still feel like I can play,” Schraeder said. “I feel like I’ve got some gas in the tank. I feel like a good offseason, getting some rest and getting my confidence back up, I’ll be good.”

Schraeder, who’ll turn 31 in May, said he’s generally healthy. 

“I don’t’ have any specific injuries,” Schraeder said. “I have played in the NFL for six years now and I’ve played physical. Things bother you, but nothing that needs surgery or anything at this point.”

Schraeder, who’s 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, believes he could play guard if the Falcons wanted to move him inside. 

“I think I could,” Schraeder said when asked if he could play guard. “It’s a little bit different. Things happen quicker. I think it would be easier in pass protection, but as far as everything else, the run game, I don’t know.”

He noted that former Falcons right tackles Tyson Clabo and Garrett Reynolds also played some guard. 

“It’s possible,” Schraeder said. 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said guard wasn’t an option for Schraeder for this season.

“We consider everything,” Quinn said. “But not right now in that case.”

Schraeder’s play will be re-evaluation after the season. 

“Definitely still an evaluation,” Quinn said.

The Falcons traded a fifth-round pick for Sambrailo to serve as the swing tackle in 2017. He’d been practicing well. 

“We felt like he had warranted some playing time,” Quinn said. “When we got into the game we liked the results of that. So Ryan is still up, still active and in this game, we’ll go to the same scenario where he’s getting reps at right as well.”

In addition to replacing Schraeder, the Falcons benched right guard Ben Garland in favor of veteran Zane Beadles. However, against the Cardinals, Garland and Beadles split the snaps. 

Quinn was impressed with how both players handled the demotions. 

“Both of them are true pros and they want to do – always being in the front and leaders, those two guys really tough, hard nose competitors,” Quinn said. “So we say man, hey we’re going to take a look at some other guys and obviously we’re keeping you in the mix and we’re trying to find other ways we can utilize Ben…by no means are we saying you’re out and not going back in. 

“Not the message that a player wants to hear, but that’s our obligation, to be honest, and fair with him to say we’re going to give a couple other guys some looks.”

 

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16 minutes ago, atlbaby said:

I’m hoping we get Cody Ford to fulfill that RG spot.

Same here, or get a stud FA if one is available. A perfect draft would be greedy Williams with our first pick, Ndamokong Suh in FA and draft an OT or a G in the second. Maybe we can move up and draft cody ford.

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5 hours ago, Goober Pyle said:

https://www.myajc.com/sports/football/schraeder-battling-through-his-demotion-right-tackle/GVGhBgihr4RF1j0WeCJoXI/

DLed actually wrote a comprehensible article.....I've highlighted some of Schraeder's quotes about possibly moving to Guard.

FLOWERY BRANCH —  Falcons right tackle Ryan Schraeder took his demotion hard.

 

Also, the article did not say anything about how Ryan felt about the changes, but from what I heard after Sunday's game he is much happier with his OL play. He did make that comment after the game.

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46 minutes ago, Doctor Kildare said:

Whether college players or pros, the Falcons in the Dimitroff era have been generally abysmal in evaluating offensive linemen.

Pretty much true and I think it's league wide. We were on the money scouting Zack Martin but it was bizzare that we didn't take him. 

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