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Ryan Schraeder leaves Falcons practice with a cut; competition at backup tackle intensifies

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Following Sunday's practice, Falcons coach Dan Quinn downplayed the severity of Ryan Schraeder's injury, which he called a "cut."

Schraeder walked off the field with a member of Atlanta's medical staff towards the end of practice with what Quinn said was a "cut that needed to be cleaned up."


Quinn expects Schraeder to be back practicing on Monday.

Although the Falcons have two clear-cut starters at their tackle positions in Jake Matthews and Schraeder, the depth players at this position could be an intriguing position battle to watch for in the preseason.

Quinn pointed out Kevin Graf and Daniel Brunskill as two players who have impressed thus far.

Graf was signed to the Falcons' practice squad in November of 2016 and was promoted to the active roster in early December. The offensive lineman was cut the following week and re-signed with the team as a practice squad member.

Prior to his time with the Falcons, Graf signed with the Philadelphia Eagles (2014-2015) as an undrafted free agent after coming out of Southern California and he also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts (2016).

A tight end turned tackle, Brunskill switched positions ahead of his senior year at San Diego State. Brunskill possesses the athleticism the Falcons desire in their offensive linemen. After one season at tackle, he earned second-team All-Mountain West honors.

Quinn is relying on Atlanta's preseason games to get a better evaluation of

what Brunskill and Graf can offer.

"[Kevin] Graf has certainly been one for that," Quinn said. "He was kind of the lead dog as we're going. We're totally keeping that open. [Daniel] Brunskill is someone that caught our attention for sure. And then past that, we're letting it rip and seeing as we get into games we'll have a better evaluation."

At swing tackle, versatility is key and the player must be comfortable playing both sides. With that being the case, Brusnkill and Graf have been seeing time at both the right and left tackle positions during practice.

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