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Schweitzer, Garland declared front-runners at right guard

Schweitzer, Garland declared front-runners at right guard
Published On: Fri, Jun 02
Nov 13, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (l) talks with members from the Coast Guard prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the Falcons biggest offseason project is to figure out who will replace Chris Chester at right guard.

At the start of OTAs, the Falcons have been rotating several players at the position, but coach Dan Quinn declared the front-runners.

The first two guys who will be battling for it will be Wes Schweitzer and Ben Garland, Quinn said Thursday. Theyve had a fantastic offseason. We talk about guys who want to set it off, those two, not only have they set it off, their humility is such that they work out together, they work on things together. So when you see them in post-practice helping one another along, you can imagine as a coach, how that feels to see two guys who are battling for it, but are also helping one another.

Chester elected to retire after 11 years in the NFL, including the past two with the Falcons.

Excluding center Alex Mack and left guard Andy Levitre, theoretically seven players will compete for the opening. Of the players on the 90-man roster, only Trevor Robinson has started NFL games.

Robinson, who played at Notre Dame, started seven games with Cincinnati (2012) and 14 with San Diego (2014-15) as a center. Cornelius Edison also signed.

The Falcons drafted Sean Harlow in the fourth round and signed former Auburn guard Robert Leff and centers Travis Averill and Cam Keizur as undrafted players.

The backup interior linemen must be functional at center, left guard and right guard.

Last season, Chester won a battle over Schweitzer, who was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 draft. Garland played on offense and defense last season.

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