Jake Long visits Falcons

The Falcons are looking for more depth on the offensive line.

The Atlanta Falcons have added veteran leadership to the offensive line during this offseason, and they might not be finished.

ESPN's Chris Mortenson is reporting the Falcons are working out Jake Long, a former top overall pick of the Miami Dolphins who has spent the last two seasons with the St. Louis Rams.

Long is now 30 years old. He was the top overall pick in 2008, two picks ahead of Matt Ryan, who went third to Atlanta.

He is coming off his second ACL injury, suffered last October 26 in a game against the Chiefs. Long missed only six games in his five years with the Dolphins, and then he missed the last game of the 2013 season with the Rams before sitting out the final nine games last year after the knee injury.

Long is 6-7 and is listed at 322 pounds. He was considered one of the game's best offensive tackles before the injuries hit him last year. Long had worked out for the Giants in March but did not sign.

The Falcons signed Washington free agent lineman Tyler Polumbus to add depth to the line of scrimmage. It is believed that Ryan Schraeder and Jake Matthews are the leading candidates to start in the new zone blocking system employed by the new coaching staff.

Lamar Holmes is expected back after a knee injury last season. The Falcons also drafted Jake Rodgers late in the draft. So would Long immediately become a starter if he is signed, or would he simply go to training camp and battle for a spot?

If Long is healthy, the Falcons could have a much-improved offensive line. But he first must sign the contract and then prove his two knee injuries are behind him. The possibility of Long regaining his form and giving Atlanta a strong line of scrimmage could get fans really excited about the upcoming season.


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