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Kaleb McGary looking more likely to start at right tackle Week 1

The stars are aligning with Matt Gono (out) and Ty Sambrailo (bad).

By Matthew Chambers@FalcoholicMatt  Sep 5, 2019, 10:00pm EDT

The Falcons did what few NFL teams can manage: Rebuild the offensive line with top draft picks and signings. Last season’s Week 1 right tackle Ryan Schraeder was demoted then cut after a very poor year. He was replaced with Ty Sambrailo, who was eventually handed a three-year, $14.25 deal. That did not stop the Falcons from trading back into the end of the first round to select Kaleb McGary.

Things appeared to change a lot since then. McGary missed almost all of training camp after undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure announced on July 31. It was reported he would likely be out four to six weeks, then would need to improve his conditioning, thenneeds to battle for the starting spot. In his absence, Sambrailo got injured, backup Matt Gono looked good, then supplanted Sambrailo at the top of the depth chart. McGary returned to individual drills on August 21, and finally suited up and looked good in the final preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Now Matt Gono has been ruled out Week One against the Minnesota Vikings.

If you are keeping track, that is a lot of lead changes for the right tackle job. On Wednesday, McGary told the media he had no idea if he was going to start. He practiced in full, with head coach Dan Quinn telling the media that McGary will be active but conditioning will play a huge role. It is unclear if Quinn meant conditioning relates to whether McGary will start or play the entire game.

At this point, McGary is almost certain to at least rotate in with Sambrailo. Before Gonowas ruled out, Quinn suggested that Sambrailo would become the swing tackle if Gonocould not play. So Quinn will not say McGary is the starter, but by process of elimination, he is the starter.

McGary admitted after the Jacksonville game that he was still working on his conditioning, but he may not be as far behind as someone dealing with a standard injury. He was out of contact practice primarily due to the use of blood thinners after the procedure, but was able to do other work. McGary may be well ahead of others who were forced from practice due to something like a knee injury.

It should be an easy decision for Quinn. The team can monitor how McGary plays and plug in Sambrailo if and when he is needed. Just based on their preseason performances, McGary has absolutely earned the starting spot. Even ignoring all that, you know the coaching staff wants to unwrap and unleash their newest offensive lineman. We expect to see that on Sunday.

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Kaleb told me that he’s “locked, stocked, and ready to rock.” Let’s hope he continues the trend of punishing defenders that he started against the Jags

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How is this "an easy decision for Quinn to make"?  I think it's pretty tough.  You have a completely green rookie who has been sitting out for weeks and that only played in the last preseason game against guys who aren't even on squads now.  He'll be playing next to another rookie.  Or you can start a guy that you just paid $14M.

Doesn't seem like a no-brainer to me, even if Sombrero has been disappointing in preseason.

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4 minutes ago, Jesus said:

They can cycle in Ty to keep McGary fresh during the game.

I think this might be the plan. Either cycle, or, each plays a half

Stocker should be busy over in the right side Sunday

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24 minutes ago, DogIsYourName said:

How is this "an easy decision for Quinn to make"?  I think it's pretty tough.  You have a completely green rookie who has been sitting out for weeks and that only played in the last preseason game against guys who aren't even on squads now.  He'll be playing next to another rookie.  Or you can start a guy that you just paid $14M.

Doesn't seem like a no-brainer to me, even if Sombrero has been disappointing in preseason.

There's these things called practices...pull up a chair and I'll tell you all about them, friend.

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15 minutes ago, falcons007 said:

If McGary is healthy, he should be a go. You don’t build the game conditioning sitting on the bench. Take some lumps and rotate in Ty or Gono in second half. 

McGary isn’t the type to mentally collapse and lose confidence if he gets his ax kicked. He’s the type that wipes the blood off and goes right back in the next week 

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21 minutes ago, athell said:

There's these things called practices...pull up a chair and I'll tell you all about them, friend.

I hear you, and I'm not saying it's wrong for McGary to start.  I'm just saying it seems pretty risky based on what we know.  We paid $14M to Sombrero so I assume they at least think enough of him to start when the other guys aren't ready.  But then again Sombrero looked really bad this preseason.  Tough call...

The Vikings are going to blitz that right side pretty hard, IMO.  Gonna be tough to get this W....

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19 minutes ago, DogIsYourName said:

I hear you, and I'm not saying it's wrong for McGary to start.  I'm just saying it seems pretty risky based on what we know.  We paid $14M to Sombrero so I assume they at least think enough of him to start when the other guys aren't ready.  But then again Sombrero looked really bad this preseason.  Tough call...

The Vikings are going to blitz that right side pretty hard, IMO.  Gonna be tough to get this W....

Haven't paid Ty 14 mil, he's getting 5 mil in guaranteed money this year to be the swing tackle/place holder if MgGary isn't ready. Next year, he'll be cut with only a mil in dead money.

If they start Ty, they'll do what they did last year when he started-give him lots of help.

They'll actually do the same with McGary if he starts. Lots of help with the TE or RB, maybe a few plays with a 6th Olineman, play calls designed to get the ball out quick, maybe more runs than usual. If they can run the ball ball effectively, then play action will keep the DLine on their heels

 

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9 minutes ago, falconidae said:

Haven't paid Ty 14 mil, he's getting 5 mil in guaranteed money this year to be the swing tackle/place holder if MgGary isn't ready. Next year, he'll be cut with only a mil in dead money.

If they start Ty, they'll do what they did last year when he started-give him lots of help.

They'll actually do the same with McGary if he starts. Lots of help with the TE or RB, maybe a few plays with a 6th Olineman, play calls designed to get the ball out quick, maybe more runs than usual. If they can run the ball ball effectively, then play action will keep the DLine on their heels

 

Smart take...keep the Dline on their heels.

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1 hour ago, DogIsYourName said:

How is this "an easy decision for Quinn to make"?  I think it's pretty tough.  You have a completely green rookie who has been sitting out for weeks and that only played in the last preseason game against guys who aren't even on squads now.  He'll be playing next to another rookie.  Or you can start a guy that you just paid $14M.

Doesn't seem like a no-brainer to me, even if Sombrero has been disappointing in preseason.

It is pretty easy. You drafted McGary as your long term RT. He looked better than Ty in limited snaps and so far in practice. If it's a conditioning issue, I'm playing him. It's not a heart or health issue. I don't care if he's green, Lindstrom is green. Play Jamon Brown then in his place. 

Sambrailo is a "break glass in case of emergency" player. If there is a dog that I'd bet on fighting for 60 minutes, it's McGary, not Ty. Especially not a Ty that's coming off injury. 

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Heavy dose of run heavy offense this weekend just what the doctor ordered.  I'm excited to see how Lindstrom and McGary can open space up for the run game.  I think this was both of their strength coming out of the draft.  That was the biggest thing missing after 2016.  When we can run the ball it opens up the playaction and really puts the defense in an uncomfortable position. 

That's when we will really be back to pick your poison.

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This is a big reason I wanted to beef up the OL so we can play smash mouth in running game when needed.  

We need some form of running game and Vikes know this and will try to stop. We have some bigger boys up there, some nastier ones along with Stocker, bigger RBs and smash mouth FB.

going to be sloppy and ugly on offense but if our D steps up we can get this one 

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24 minutes ago, vel said:

It is pretty easy. You drafted McGary as your long term RT. He looked better than Ty in limited snaps and so far in practice. If it's a conditioning issue, I'm playing him. It's not a heart or health issue. I don't care if he's green, Lindstrom is green. Play Jamon Brown then in his place. 

Sambrailo is a "break glass in case of emergency" player. If there is a dog that I'd bet on fighting for 60 minutes, it's McGary, not Ty. Especially not a Ty that's coming off injury. 

Love that analogy! "Break glass in case of emergency" player! Perfect fit! :lol:

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25 minutes ago, gazoo said:

This is a big reason I wanted to beef up the OL so we can play smash mouth in running game when needed.  

We need some form of running game and Vikes know this and will try to stop. We have some bigger boys up there, some nastier ones along with Stocker, bigger RBs and smash mouth FB.

going to be sloppy and ugly on offense but if our D steps up we can get this one 

I'm ready for some split zone. Let Lindstrom and McGary crash down on the edges. I think that and OZ should be the two staple runs until McGary gets his legs

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1 hour ago, DogIsYourName said:

I hear you, and I'm not saying it's wrong for McGary to start.  I'm just saying it seems pretty risky based on what we know.  We paid $14M to Sombrero so I assume they at least think enough of him to start when the other guys aren't ready.  But then again Sombrero looked really bad this preseason.  Tough call...

The Vikings are going to blitz that right side pretty hard, IMO.  Gonna be tough to get this W....

 Hopefully we have some designed roll outs ready to offset that with some plays where the TE chips the DE or comes across the formation to chip the DE. Have running backs chip the DE on that side before going out on a route. Anything to help them out. 

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