Let’s start our Sunday mornings with a little connecting of the dots. This team elected not to make major changes to the offensive line throughout the year, but with the season whistling away and shakiness abounding along the unit, they’ve signaled a willingness to change that. Unfortunately for Atlanta, their best backup options are Zane Beadles (a versatile but far from great lineman who will be a free agent in 2019) and Ty Sambrailo (a known okay sort of swing tackle who is also a free agent in 2019). I’m not sure they’ll get much out of those changes.
I’m not sure they’d get much out of signing Hroniss Grasu, either, but there are reasons to think it’s a legitimate possibility. The 27-year-old former Bear was just released yesterday by the Ravens, having started one game at guard after spending plenty of time at center in Chicago. He hasn’t been good for more than a handful of games at a time in his career to this point, but he does move well and the Falcons did give him a workout earlier this year. With no true backup center option on the roster aside from Ben Garland, who is currently starting at right guard, Grasu would be a flier for a team that needs to figure out how many reasonably solid offensive linemen they have and can carry into next season.
And that’s all we’re really talking about at this point in the season. Jake Matthews has left tackle locked down and I’m hoping and praying for 1-2 more effective seasons from Alex Mack at center, but I’m not sure the team is going to commit to Wes Schweitzer at left guard, I’m not sure Brandon Fusco will be healthy and effective at right guard, and I’m not sure Ryan Schraeder will even be on the roster in 2019. If you think there’s a chance that Grasu could help or Matt Gono might turn into something or Ty Sambrailo has been waiting, spider-like, to transform into a starting caliber right tackle these past two years, you go ahead and do what you need to do to find out whether there’s anything to those thoughts. It’s not exciting and it’s not sexy, but very little of what happens between now and the start of free agency is going to be.