The Falcons offensive line looks quite a bit different than it did eight weeks ago. Both guards have been lost with injuries and the depth has definitely taken a hit.
The Falcons lost Brandon Fusco to a broken ankle against the Giants. The search for a replacement began as soon as the trainers helped the big free-agent signee off the field.
Atlanta had already lost left guard Andy Levitre to a triceps injury in the second week. Wes Schweitzer, who started a year ago but lost his spot to Fusco, was rolled into that spot.
The depth chart currently shows the starters as Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder at tackle, Schweitzer and Ben Garland at guard and Alex Mack at center. Garland started at left guard in the playoffs last year and will get his first start of the season.
“I’m confident playing right, left and including center, tight end or fullback,” Garland said. “Put me in anywhere, I’m ready to go.”
The Falcons signed veteran Zane Beadles to fill Fusco’s spot on the roster. Drafted in the second round by the Broncos in 2010, Beadles has played four seasons in Denver, two in Jacksonville and the last two in San Francisco. He has played 128 games, made 115 starts and was a Pro Bowl pick in 2012.
Coach Dan Quinn said Wednesday that Beadles will work at tackle.
The day before the team signed tackle Austin Pasztor and guard Rees Odhiambo. Pasztor (6-7, 305) is in his sixth season out of Virginia. Odhiambo (6-4, 315) is in his third season out of Boise State.