The Falcons placed Sam Baker on injured reserve today and quickly signed a veteran tackle to take his place on the roster. Per Jay Adams and Vaughn McClure:
The Falcons have signed veteran OT Pat McQuistan and placed OT Sam Baker on injured reserve #TENvsATL— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) August 18, 2014
Falcons announce signing of veteran tackle Pat McQuistan after officially placing Sam Baker on IR— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 18, 2014
You shouldn't view this signing as the second coming of Jeremy Trueblood. McQuistan has been a true reserve for a while now, starting only three games over the last three seasons and zero in 2013 for the Titans. He has been on five teams in five years since spending the early parts of his career with the Dallas Cowboys.
There's virtually no chance McQuistan beats out Lamar Holmes, Gabe Carimi, Ryan Schraeder, Mike Johnson and Terren Jones for roles, but the Falcons wanted another camp body and they got one in the 31-year-old. McQuistan will likely serve as the team's third-or-fourth team tackle in practice and preseason, and would seem to be an extreme longshot to crack the final roster. One hopes, anyways.
With Baker on injured reserve, his career in Atlanta may well be over. Jake Matthews will get the first crack at left tackle, and Lamar Holmes and Gabe Carimi form the battle to watch at right tackle.