Atlanta Falcons: Starters that will lose jobs to rookies in 2020
James Carpenter (predicted starter) vs Matt Hennessy
Let’s start at left guard, the weak point of the offensive line in 2020. Former first-round pick James Carpenter is the assumed starter heading into 2020, but he will have some competition from rookie Matt Hennessy as well as Matt Gono, who has primarily worked at tackle the last couple years on the Falcons practice squad.
When the Atlanta Falcons drafted Hennessy in the third round, he was being projected as the future replacement for Alex Mack at center. While that is still more than likely the case, the Flacons will want to get him on the field now.
Carpenter was not great in 2019 and will not be able to hold off either Hennessy or Gono. Don’t be surprised to not only see him get beat out but also be cut by the end of camp.
The Atlanta Falcons offensive line should go from a perennial weakness to a strength in 2020 if everyone can stay healthy. Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary will be among the best young linemen in the game while veterans Alex Mack and Jake Matthews continue to contribute strong play and leadership upfront.