Earlier this week, Falcons head coach Mike Smith appeared on Atlanta’s Archer & Bell on 790 The Zone to discuss the coming competition along the front lines on both sides of the ball.
While it’s been discussed heavily and assumed, Smith came out and said what most were thinking about the center position. Second-year lineman
“Peter Konz will move into the center position,” Smith said. “Garrett Reynolds, who was our starting right guard last year, will start the offseason as our starting right guard. And then
With at least two positions that will feature heavy competition on the line, Smith said it reminds him of the competition on the O-line in his first season with Atlanta in 2008. He also thinks the physical size of all the players in the mix is significant.
This is the year that young players will be asked and expected to step up and play valuable snaps and the same will be asked on the defensive line. Smith said defensive tackle
One of the key young players in the rotation is 2011 seventh-round pick
“Cliff Matthews has done a very good job for us last year,” Smith said. “He’s come into his own. He’s put on a lot of weight in the offseason. We asked him to gain 10-15 pounds and he’s done that.”
With the addition of college free agents in the offseason on both sides, Smith sees a deep group that can evolve into a physically imposing group at one of the most important areas on a football team.