The Falcons should get answers in the center competition tonight

The Falcons offensive line could have as many as three new starters in 2022. Last year, the unit was abysmal — giving up 40 sacks and being among the league’s worst in pre-contact rush yards. They were terrible both ways, pass protection and run blocking. Hence the influx of competition at left guard, center and right tackle. The healthiest rotation so far has come at center between Drew Dalman and Matt Hennessy. According to Arthur Smith, the player who takes “command” as the leader will be the starter.

“Obviously the physical things, you have to see inside. A lot of it is about command,” Smith said. “Really big centers, I mean (we) put Todd McClure on the ring of honor, and from everything I’ve heard about Todd McClure, and Matt (Ryan) will tell you, when he was a young player, having that veteran center gives a guy who had command, that helps .

For me, this battle will probably go until the last pre-season game. Hennessy started every game for the Falcons last season, but he and Dalman went through a two-week stretch where they alternated both offensive streaks. Last week against the Lions, Hennessey started at center, working with the offensive first team in Detroit. Dalman is expected to start against the Jets if things remain unchanged.

We should obtain answers to the competition of the center. If Dalman trots there, the rotation is alive and well. However, if Hennessy is given the green light for a consecutive week, you will have your answer. I expect Dalman to get the start and the competition at center lasts until prep week for the Saints.

The coaching staff was adamant about the fairness of the competition at the center. Well, getting an accurate assessment requires similar variables, so Dalman should be able to run with the first-team offensive line. Either way, expect it to go until week 1.

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