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Falcons work out C/G Ben Gottschalk

The Falcons are rumored to have interest in former Bucs’ C/G Ben Gottschalk.

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On an otherwise slow day in the doldrums of the NFL offseason, the Falcons faithful were greeted with a potentially groundbreaking piece of news.

That’s right. Ben Gottschalk, who previous spent time with the Buccaneers, Chiefs, and 49ers, has apparently been worked out by the Falcons. Hold your excitement in check, folks.

The 6’5, 293 lb interior offensive lineman played his college football at SMU, where he started every game of his junior and senior seasons at center. After going undrafted in 2014, Gottschalk signed as a UDFA with the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent time on their practice squad before being waived prior to the start of the 2014 season. In 2015, he was picked up by the Bucs briefly, before being cut prior to the start of training camp. Gottschalk then signed a 2-year deal with the 49ers, only to be placed on IR and subsequently waived in August 2015.

Gottschalk returned to the Bucs practice squad later that season, and remained with the team through 2016. Midway through the 2016 season, Gottschalk finally made it to the active roster—only to suffer an injury in Week 11 and be placed on IR once again. He was cut by the Bucs prior to training camp in 2017.

I spent all this time talking about his history because, outside of that, there really isn’t much out there on Gottschalk. He’s got decent size and, despite a few injuries, seems to have found a way to linger in the NFL over the past four seasons. Perhaps the Falcons see some potential in him. We’ll see if the team moves to sign him in the coming days.

Any thoughts on the Falcons working out Gottschalk? Would you like to see the team bring in more competition at the guard position?