Atlanta Falcons: Three preseason questions needing answers
Aug 29, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) is sacked by Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Earl Mitchell in the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports
Will the offensive line show up to play this year?
For the past couple of seasons, Matt Ryan has not had the luxury of operating in a consistently clean pocket. This was mainly due to injuries and under-qualified depth. Through the first two preseason games this season, however, Ryan has looked excellent completing 10 of 11 passes for 161 yards and two touchdowns. The only incompletion was a throw away, earning him a perfect passer rating of 158.3. Wow.
Week 3 was quite different. Ryan was constantly under duress being sacked three times, and the offensive line often times looked like boys amongst men. The run game has also been a problem throughout the preseason. Yes, Atlanta has been without starters Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, however a run game begins with the offensive line and the holes they create.
Atlanta has carried the ball 77 times this preseason for 150 yards averaging just 1.94 yards per carry. The line must do a much better job at run blocking and be more consistent with pass blocking for the Falcons to have a chance this season.
What to watch for in the final preseason game
While the final preseason game is normally used to assess the players at the bottom of the roster to determine which ones the team will keep, the offensive line will have the opportunity to show the things that they have lacked in the previous games. Keep an eye on the play of Jon Asamoah as he may play with a little fire after being benched earlier this offseason.
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