The Falcons’ Week 1 loss undeniably exposed massive holes on both sides of the football. When looking beyond the box score and taking into consideration the makeup and future of the team, there’s a case to be made that Atlanta’s loss was the worst in the league. It’s easy to teeter the line of winning now and building for the future when you’re winning, but this isn’t sustainable when the team’s getting dominated.
After Sunday’s loss to the Eagles, many anticipated the Falcons would bring in help, especially along the offensive line. Rookie lineman Jalen Mayfield, ended the game with a PFF grade of 28.8, but his 1.4 pass-blocking grade is the real cause for concern.
However, per the league wire, the Falcons did not bring in any players for tryouts on Monday or Tuesday.
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Atlanta’s weekly depth chart still lists Mayfield as starter, but this doesn’t rule out the possibility of Drew Dalman or Colby Gossett getting extra reps. Dalman actually took some snaps in place of Mayfield and graded much better in pass protection. However, the rookie out of Stanford committed a false start at the goal line that potentially took points off the board.
Not to mention, since joining the league in 2018, Gossett has only seen real NFL action in select games. His appearances for the Vikings in the final five weeks of the season are his only considerable snaps to date. His only other playing time came this past weekend. Gossett’s pass blocking from 2018 leaves a lot to be desired. During those five weeks, he allowed 14 pressures, including five sacks, and committed four penalties.
The Falcons released WR Juwan Green and two other players from the practice squad on Tuesday.