FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – While the Falcons may have had two offensive linemen – Alex Mack and Jake Matthews – selected to last year's Pro Bowl, overhauling the offensive line was the central focus of the offseason. While right tackle Ty Sambrailo was signed to a three-year extension back in February, the remaining three spots – left guard, right guard and right tackle – appeared to be open for competition.
During free agency, the Falcons signed James Carpenter, Jamon Brown and John Wetzel. And in April's draft, they took two offensive linemen in the first round, Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary. And while Lindstrom and Sambrailo have been constants on the right side through the first four days of camp, the battle for left guard between Brown and Carpenter has been dead even so far (in terms of number of reps).
On the first and third day of camp, Carpenter played 16 snaps with the starting offense in 11-on-11 situations while Brown had four snaps with the starters. On the second and fourth days of camp, that flipped, with Brown getting 16 snaps to Carpenter's four. On Saturday, Carpenter took every single snap with the first-team offense but this battle looks far from over.
Shoulder pads are on. Check out the best photos from Day 3 of practice here.