As the Falcons were opening the 2015 season against the Eagles, word broke of potential help on the way for the rebuilt offensive line.
Multiple reports surfaced Monday the Falcons are expected to sign free agent offensive lineman Jake Long later in the week. Long visited the Falcons twice, the latest visit coming last week. He did not sign a contract then, but the NFL calendar perhaps forced the Falcons to wait to save a bit on a potential deal.
Long was the top pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, taken two picks ahead of Matt Ryan. Long has battled injuries, including two right ACL injuries. Dr. James Andrews recently cleared Long, who also visited with the Giants.
If Long does sign, he would likely be a backup tackle. Jake Matthews is solid at left tackle, while Ryan Schraeder has done well as the starting right tackle. But Long could push Schraeder if he proves he is, in fact, healthy once again.
The Falcons have had a revolving door at offensive line the last few weeks, with the trade bringing guard Andy Levitre from Tennessee and the team claiming linemen Gino Gradkowski and Bryce Harris off waivers.
It's obvious the offensive line is going to be a work in progress, and with Long potentially joining the team he at the least provides depth.
Jake Long could sign with Atlanta this week
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