The Atlanta Falcons agreed to contracts with former Super Bowl champion James Carpenter and former Rams/Giants Guard Jamon Brown.
The Atlanta Falcons have had a glaring need for most of the Thomas Dimitroff era – Offensive Lineman that are worth a damn. Adding Alex Mack several years ago and drafting Jake Matthews have been two of the rare moments of hope in the trenches under Dimitroff.
James Carpenter is the one that I am excited about the most; he brings a badly needed championship attitude to the Falcons. Carpenter has won both a college football national championship as well as a Super Bowl. He has started 97 games in NFL and is a very good pass blocker.
Carpenter is not much of a road grader and there will be some that complain about that aspect of his game. However, I would counter with that is not as important in the NFL anymore as offenses don’t feature a ground and pound elements anymore. His top priority will be to keep Matt Ryan upright and clean. From this perspective the Falcons got better by adding Carpenter. I suspect he will be a starter from Day 1, baring he is 100 percent healthy after missing six games in 2018 with a shoulder injury.
Jamon Brown is a guy that the Falcons brought in for depth. Brown has 38 starts and 50 overall appearances in his four years with the Rams and Giants. I will assume that adding Brown means the Falcons will not be bringing back either Ben Garland or Andy Levitre. My money is they try to sign Garland and let Levitre walk.
Overall, solid moves by the Falcons today and I believe they added a couple guys that will help protect Matt Ryan, add depth and help this team get back to Super Bowl in 2019.