The Falcons have a problem in the making along their interior offensive line, where guards Wes Schweitzer and Andy Levitre practiced on a limited basis Friday. With Alex Mack unable to practice, the Falcons looked like they’re in danger of missing at least one starter Sunday. That would be, to put it mildly, a problem.
We can tell the Falcons are concerned about that possibility by the roster move they’ve just made. Jamil Douglas is coming up from the practice squad, while Deji Olatoye will be cut again, the poor guy. That leaves the Falcons down one of their two inactive cornerbacks, but it adds a guard with starting experience to the active roster.
TRANSACTION: We have signed G Jamil Douglas to the active roster and have waived CB Deji Olatoye. pic.twitter.com/iVHitb03Vj— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) December 29, 2017
It’s quite possible Douglas will be active Sunday if even one starter is out, because the Falcons have shown no signs of being ready to get rookie Sean Harlow into a game situation. Douglas started six games for the Dolphins back in 2015 and would likely serve as the reserve guard option if Ben Garland is forced into duty at center, which he may very well be with Mack ailing. The Falcons have already said the move isn’t directly tied to Mack’s status, but it’s not hard to connect the dots.
Give Douglas a warm welcome to the roster, and then hope and pray he’s not needed Sunday.