110804 Flowery Branch - Atlanta Falcons offensive tackle Tyson Clabo, left, suiting up for practice for the first time, and center Todd McClure, right, prop their feet up on a golf cart while waiting for offensive line practice to begin at training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, August 4, 2011. Curtis Compton email@example.com
ON THE HOT SEAT ITEM:
The Falcons’ offensive line, which is trying to find its mojo after a slow start, is on the hot seat.
The starters are left tackle Sam Baker, left guard Justin Blalock, center Todd McClure, right guard Garrett Reynolds and right tackle Tyson Clabo. Backups Will Svitek (tackle), Joe Hawley (center/guard) and Brett Romberg (center) had their practice reps increased.
Falcons coach Mike Smith said his staff would evaluate the scheme first and then the personnel. The unit has allowed 13 sacks, and quarterback Matt Ryan has been hit 21 times. Only Chicago and Seattle (14) have yielded more sacks.
“There are things that we need to