The Falcons head into their Week 1 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings with a lot of returning starters across the roster, but the right tackle position remains unsettled.
Ty Sambrailo, Matt Gono and first-round pick Kaleb McGary all started at least one preseason game for Atlanta, and it remains possible that any of them line up with the starting offense on Sunday. Gono has been limited in practice with a back injury, but coach Dan Quinn voiced his confidence in Sambrailo and McGary heading into the weekend.
"That's where Ty is also working as well," Quinn said of the right tackle spot. "He's played both of the swing stuff, too. If Matt wasn't able to [play] then Ty would. So, we'll get a better look at Matt today to see what he can do. But Ty was full, and so it was good to see him back to full strength as well.
"We'll see where it goes today and tomorrow with Matt, but we know Kaleb and Ty will be ready to go if called upon."
Sambrailo ended the season as the Falcons' starting right tackle, but Gono and McGary had better preseasons. McGary, who underwent a cardiac ablation procedure during training camp, played his first game for the Falcons in the last week of the preseason. His performance was everything the Falcons could have hoped for, but his conditioning remains something the team is monitoring as the week progresses.
"So far it felt good. We're going to take it through the week, but for sure he should be one of the ones that is up and active. As far as playing 60, 70 plays, that I'll have a better determination as I go through the week."