The Falcons have a concerning lack of depth at center, where Mike Person and Ben Garland are options but not particularly inspiring ones, given that neither has a lot of experience at the position. Person started there a year ago, of course, but his challenges with snapping the football got him converted back to guard, where he should fare better.
Enter former Alabama, Rams, and Eagles lineman Barrett Jones, a center by trade:
Former Alabama OL Barrett Jones will work out for the Atlanta #Falcons today. (Via WJOX)— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) September 6, 2016
Jones was a fourth rounder who never really got his career going, playing in a total of 10 games for the Rams between 2013 and 2014, and spending time on the Eagles’ roster in 2015. He has the versatility to play multiple positions, but isn’t a plus athlete and has scuffled at the NFL level, as you’d expect given his very limited playing time thus far.
If the Falcons do elect to sign Jones, he’d presumably be an option to back up Alex Mack and a deep reserve at guard. The signing could cost Ben Garland his job, or it could kick fourth tight end Joshua Perkins off the roster. We’re probably getting ahead of ourselves with assumptions, here, given that the Falcons haven’t signed Jones yet.
As expected, though, this workout is another sign that the Falcons aren’t necessarily going to stand pat with the 53 man roster ahead of Week 1 against the Buccaneers.