Oct 12, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Redskins offensive guard Chris Chester (66) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Redskins 30-20. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Atlanta Falcons filled many of their needs via the draft and free agency this offseason, but there was no way to address them all. At the top of the Falcons’ list of concerns is the left guard position, which has no clear cut starter going into OTAs and training camp.
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The Falcons’ have plenty of competition for the position, though none of them inspire much confidence. Free agent acquisitions G/T Mike Person and G Jared Smith, along with last year’s depth players G Harland Gunn and C/G James Stone (who is likely to become the Falcons’ back-up center) are expected to battle for the starting job over the next few months.
Injured players T Sam Baker and C/G Peter Konz could also be in the mix, depending on how their rehab progresses. Still, none of those players have spent much, if any, time at left guard and most have been career backups. The Falcons could certainly use a veteran presence to provide some stability to their young offensive line — particularly one who has experience in the zone blocking scheme.
That veteran may have just become available with the Washington Redskins deciding to part ways with their starting RG, Chris Chester, before training camp. Chester has had a bit of an up-and-down career since being selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. But is he a fit for the Falcons?
Next: What could Chester bring to the Falcons?