Falcons must 'game plan to protect the offensive line:' Ross Tucker

Roster changes are limited so only recourse is improved execution and coaching

As the Atlanta Falcons continue game preparation for their Week 2 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun 4:05 p.m.), both the coaches and players have plenty of room for improvement from the performances that were on display in the season-opening loss to the Eagles.

The Falcons signed several players to the practice squad over the past few days, but all indications are that the offensive line will remain the same unit that started versus Philly.

So how do the Falcons improve their performance and protect Matt Ryan better?

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NFL analyst Ross Tucker joined Dukes and Bell to give some insight on how the Falcons can improve on both sides of the trenches as they prepare for the Bucs.

“You have to game plan to protect the offensive line,” explained Tucker to D&B.

“I thought the run blocking was pretty good,” said Tucker when pointing out some positives from the Week 1 performance.

In addition, Tucker suggested that in the passing game the Falcons will look to get the ball out of Matt Ryan’s hands more quickly to help slow down the formidable Bucs pass rush.

After not getting the ball into the end zone last week, head coach Arthur Smith will have to be very creative in his play-calling and find ways to take advantage of what the Falcons can do well.

When it comes to finding ways to protect the offensive line, will he use an extra TE or a RB to help with max protection?

Whatever the game plan, we have to assume it will improve as the season progresses, because how could it possible get worse?

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