The Atlanta Falcons have signed veteran tackle Jeremy Trueblood to their beleaguered offensive line that has been inconsistent and subpar through four preseason games. After losing their starting right tackle Mike Johnson to a leg injury for the year, the Falcons have been feverishly working on revamping their line up front before their season opener against the New Orleans Saints Sept. 8.
After previously playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and most recently the Washington Redskins, where he was cut after getting down their roster to 75 players, Trueblood brings both experience and a veteran presence to a rather young offensive line, especially on the right side.
Current starting right tackle Lamar Holmes has shown promise, but has been too inconsistent in passing situations where the Falcons top priority is protecting their franchise quarterback Matt Ryan. Although Trueblood will be brought in to provide much needed depth behind Holmes, it is still yet to be known whether or not coach Mike Smith may adjust his starting line should Trueblood excel in practice.
“Any time we make a roster move we are trying to better our roster,” Smith said according to ajc.com. “We feel like adding an experienced offensive lineman gives us an opportunity to better our roster.”
Trueblood, 30, was drafted in the second round in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers. He has started in 84 of the 101 games that he has played in, and is still a decent linemen that should have an impact for the Falcons during the regular season.
At 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, Trueblood possesses good height with adequate strength and decent speed in pass protection, where the Falcons have continue to struggle in.
Whether or not Trueblood starts at right tackle in the season opener, the Falcons have added a good linemen that should instantly provide depth, experience and leadership. Everybody knows just how explosive the Falcons can be offensively, but without a good offensive line, Ryan and the Dirty Birds will be halted in more ways than one.
With the season opener just a few days away, expect the Falcons to continue searching for veteran offensive linemen to add to their team in hopes of stabilizing their offensive wall for Ryan.