With the signing of C Alex Mack, Atlanta's weakest offensive line position was solved. But how was the team planning to replace veteran guard Chris Chester? Chester wore down through the season, and the aging lineman is still a free agent and is not believed to resign with the Falcons.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting the team will shuffle the offensive line.
Mike Person, who started 14 games at center last season, is moving to the vacant starting right guard spot. Person, who had never started an NFL game until last season nor played center, will return to his natural position.
This feels like a good fit. Person struggled mightily with snapping the ball, something he never did previously in his career, but was a very competent blocker when not fumbling away the game.
Person, 27, beat out James Stone, Joe Hawley and Gradkowski to win the center job. The Falcons always thought that Person could start are either guard or center. The team remains high on Person as a guard.
Lets hope the team was at least half-right on this one. Person did well paving the way for Devonta Freeman, and with more time at his natural position, can hopefully improve into a great blocker. He should have plenty of help next to him with Alex Mack and Ryan Schraeder. With this move, expect the Falcons to be done at addressing the offensive line starters this offseason.