We move one spot to the right on the offensive line for today's battle, which pits a pair of young right tackles against one another for a starting gig.
This is one of the best training camp battles, in my humble opinion, because it pits two promising young players against each other. It helps that right tackle is also an important, if underappreciated position, one where the Falcons had enviable stability for years between Tyson Clabo and Todd Weiner.
As I see it, this comes down to two players. Let's take a look at the race.
Bio: 24 years old, second year Falcon, did not start last year
Tyson Clabo has some big cleats to fill. Fortunately, Lamar Holmes has enormous feet.
Bio: 26 years old, fourth year Falcon, started one game a year ago
This is Holmes' chief competition. He's an interesting case.
While Hawley got to soak up some real starts in years past, Johnson has been limited by injury, lack of opportunity and having at least slightly more talented players right in front of him.
This is probably his best shot. Johnson was a mauler in college but came into the league as a right guard. At 6'6" and 304 pounds, he's plenty big enough to hold down the right side of the line, and his ability as a run blocker is not in question. Pass protection is.
Basically, you have two players who will fight for this position, each one with a reputation for pass or run blocking and no solid track record of the other. We're about to find out how accurate that is.
The Expected Winner