With the Ty Sambrailo acquisition, it was fair to wonder if the Falcons would also keep potential swing tackle Austin Pasztor, who they picked up out of free agency a short time ago. Per Thomas Dimitroff on a conference call today, the answer is yes.
Dan Quinn says after the Sambrilo trade and the Pasztor acquisition, they now feel good about their offensive line depth— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) September 1, 2017
Both Sambrailo and Pasztor can play guard but profile better as tackles, giving the team flexibility along their front. Considering the team was going to rely on UDFA tackles who were completely unproven before this, they’re in markedly better shape with established, young veterans who have starting experience. Chances are good Sambrailo will be the top choice as the team’s swing tackle, with Pasztor serving as a super sub of sorts.
In my mind, this confirms that the Falcons will carry four reserve offensive linemen. The loser of the right guard battle should have a major role to play as a reserve, whether that be Ben Garland or Wes Schweitzer, and fourth round rookie Sean Harlow has promise and might not make it to the practice squad if waived. Sambrailo and Pasztor certainly aren’t great, but I no longer feel like the team is in for a major catastrophe if they lose one or two starters along the offensive line for a length of time.
This is undeniably a stronger group than it was even a week ago, so feel encouraged, Falcons fans.