At the NFL meeting, Falcons coach Mike Smith reiterated his position that he made at the NFL Scouting Combine about the team being committed to Sam Baker as the left tackle.
The offensive line was hurt significantly by back and elbow injuries to Baker last season.
Smith believes the unit will be stronger if Baker, who had back surgery during the season, can return healthy. Will Svitek stepped in a played well for Baker last season and retained the starting spot once Baker returned from back surgery.
Baker had to spend some time at guard in a reserve role and played as an extra blocker in short-yardage situations.
"We are looking forward to having a healthy Sam back," Smith said. "Sam is very resilient. He's fought through a lot of injuries."
Smith went on to state that he'd be comfortable if Baker was the starting left tackle in 2012.
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