The Falcons Could Lose Two Defensive Linemen

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Heartening, this isn't.

In a lot of ways, maybe the Falcons would be smart to let Grady Jackson walk. He's way overdue for that weight to catch up with his knees, and he was solid if not super effective last year. The fact that there's been no discussion about retaining him means we probably just aren't interested. I wish our behemoth good luck elsewhere, if that's the case. We're definitely going to need a free agent tackle or draft pick to pick up the slack, though I'd love it if Trey Lewis came back and performed well.

Of greater concern for our currently weak defensive ends rotation is the potential loss of Chauncey Davis, who apparently believes he can be a starter elsewhere. While Davis is undoubtably a quality lineman, there aren't too many teams out there who are going to be able to give him a job outright. If he just wants to be able to compete for the job, they should get Jamaal Anderson ready to move around on the line and let Davis have a real shot at it. Letting a young, talented lineman take off with no compensation isn't my idea of a great time.

If the Falcons do manage to lose both of them, it's going to take a superlative effort to improve the line without throwing way too much money at a couple of players. Thomas Dimitroff and Co. have earned the benefit of the doubt, but I can't see too many scenarios in which we replace those two with guys who will provide an immediate upgrade to the line that we need.

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