FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. On Tuesday, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said the Falcons were proceeding "full speed ahead" with Lamar Holmes as their starting right tackle for Sundays season opener.
But a simultaneous process to get newly signed Jeremy Trueblood up to speed is apparently afoot.
Whether Trueblood was brought in to serve as a veteran backup for the right and left sides something the Falcons had previously lacked or was signed to compete with Holmes, who has only played in one NFL game (zero starts), is not immediately clear.
The Falcons could have signed Trueblood, who boasts 84 career NFL starts with the Buccaneers, when he was cut by the Redskins a short time ago. If they had done that, Trueblood would have had another week of practice under his belt before the Week 1 game against the Saints.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith said the team was more focused on evaluating its own players than seeing who was available as a free agent.
"We were working our roster, tryin...