Kaleb McGary has been working his way back. Jaeden Graham sufered an injury that looked like it could be ugly. Given that, it’s great to get some good news for both guys, as we did today.
Dan Quinn said Kaleb McGary would be back in full participation this week.— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) August 25, 2019
Jaeden Graham (knee) back limited.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) August 25, 2019
For McGary, this is terrific news, and at least raises the possibility that he’ll be ready to go Week 1, even if I still think that’s a longshot. When he’s healthy, he’s still likely to step into a starting role at right tackle, given that he’s much more talented than Ty Sambrailo and Matt Gono. Monitor his status closely and we’ll hope he’s back sooner than later, with the Colts in Week 3 probably serving as his absolute latest return point.
In the meantime, Ty Sambrailo is still limited and Matt Gono is playing well, so the position is truly unsettled heading into the Vikings game. Right now, I’d expect Gono to get the call.
The other bit of good news is that Jaeden Graham’s injury did not prove to be season-ending, which was my immediate fear when he went down. He’s limited this week and may not be able to go against the Jaguars, but the Falcons don’t have compelling alternatives to him unless you’re quite fond of Logan Paulsen, so if he’s going to be ready to go early in the season, I still love his chances of being the #3 tight end and de facto #2 fullback.
Let’s hope we see both those guys in game action very soon.