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One night before the last preseason game, Holmes, Carimi, and Schraeder are still fighting it out

Fact: Gabe Carimi has to carry a concealed weapon permit whenever his biceps are covered

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Lamar Holmes, Gabe Carimi, and Ryan Schraeder are engaged in quite the position battle. Each man is trying to become the Falcons' starting right tackle, and frankly, there's a slim possibility one of the three is cut. So going into the last preseason game, it'd sure be nice to have an edge. It'd sure be nice to be the frontrunner. Per the Falcons' Jay Adams, that's not the case.

"It's going to be a hell of a battle," Tice told McClure. "Ultimately it's, of course, coach (Mike) Smith's decision. And we'll make sure that all three of them have enough plays this week to make a fair evaluation."

For these three, tomorrow's game is a big one. I'd imagine the coaching staff has some sense of how this will play out, but a stellar performance by any of the three against Jacksonville certainly wouldn't hurt.

With Holmes, there's some degree of familiarity. Given his play last season, that's not necessarily a good thing. But in his defense, we always knew he'd have a learning curve. Maybe he starts to act the part instead of just looking it, if given the opportunity.

With Carimi, you have a story of unfulfilled expectations. He's probably a known commodity at this point in his career, bringing versatility, experience, and a sizable chip on his shoulder.

Finally, for Schraeder, the battle for playing time is nothing new. Compete for starting time? How about competing for a NFL roster spot? That's what he did just last year. He went undrafted out of Valdosta State, found his way on to the Falcons' roster, then made a serious push for playing time.

So how do you think this is going to play out? Who will be our starting right tackle?