Atlanta Falcons backup tackle spot will come down to final preseason game


The Atlanta Falcons are days away from having to make their final roster decisions and several are going to come down to the fifth and final preseason game.

Last night in the Atlanta Falcons final preseason home game against the Redskins, all eyes were on the offensive line after an abysmal showing the week before versus the Jets. In case it has not been talked about enough and you need a reminder, Matt Ryan was hit 11 times in the four drives he played.

Last night went much better for both Matt Ryan and the offensive line. Matt Gono got the start at right tackle in place in Ty Sambrailo who was held out due to injury and offensive lineman John Wetzel missed a few days on practice as well.

Matt Gono has looked pretty good this preseason during his limited opportunity. He made the Falcons 53 man roster in 2018 but was inactive for all but week 17, so he needed this preseason to show Dan Quinn that he is worth another roster spot. Both Sambrailo and Wetzel have played extensively over the last month and Gono needed to show something.

Dan Quinn had stated during the week that Gono had worked well at all four non-center spots and was going to get an opportunity to play and earn a spot. Both Gono and Wetzel have proven this preseason to the coaching staff that they are versatile enough to keep around; only Wetzel has played all four spots in a preseason game so far.

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This final offensive line roster spot is going to come down to Matt Gono and John Wetzel in week five of the Falcons preseason. Both are going to get an opportunity to prove they belong and that they both have what it takes in order to keep Matt Ryan clean when called upon.