Ledbetter: How do Falcons get Schraeder back to 2016 form?

The Morning Show w/ John & Hugh
January 08, 2019 - 11:28 am

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Big changes have happened already as the Atlanta Falcons are looking ahead to the 2019 season. During last week's "Dan Quinn's Coach's Show" with Wes Durham and Dave Archer, the Falcons head coach said he was comfortable with only two positions on the offensive line, center and left tackle. 

“Past that, you scrub every bit of it,” Quinn said.

The Falcons lost both guards during the season, Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco. But the focus most fans have had their eye on has been right tackle Ryan Schraeder, who struggled mightly this season. In fact, he was benched for Ty Sambrailo in the team's final four games.

"That guy [Schraeder] was blocking Von Miller, and holding up against some of the best," D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC told John and Hugh on Tuesday. "Then this year, TJ Watt [Steelers] was running around him like he's at the playground."

Schraeder, who signed a five-year, $34 million contract extension in 2016, is slated to make $6.25 million in 2019. If cut, that would leave the Falcons with $3.8 million in dead cap money.

"I'd try to save him, salvage my investment and see if I can put him back together," Ledbetter said. "And then make a real, true evaluation, if that's possible, early on in training camp. [Then decide whether they should] move on and eat that money."

Ledbetter said the best possible situation for the Falcons is to get Schraeder back to the player he once was.

"Something happened, he wasn't the same player last year," said Ledbetter. "What I'm going to try and do is give him a shot to try and make it back because I don't want to eat that much of that contract.

"The offensive line coach, somebody; I've got to spend time with him, find out what's going on in his head. He wants to come back. He thinks he can get back to where he was at."