Falcons sign offensive guard Brandon Fusco to 3-year contract

Dukes & Bell
March 14, 2018 - 6:30 pm
Brandon Fusco

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Mike Bell and Randy McMichael discuss the breaking news that the Atlanta Falcons signed former San Francisco 49ers guard Brandon Fusco on Wednesday and talk about how he will fit into the Falcon's offense.

The Falcons released a statement:

Fusco was originally drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He is one of four players to be drafted out of Slippery Rock University – the Falcons drafted running back Greg Paterra out of Slippery Rock University in 1989. The six-foot-four guard spent six years with the Vikings and played in 67 games, while starting in 64.

Fusco adds depth and experience to a Falcons offensive line that only allowed 24 sacks in 2016 – third lowest in the league. In 2016, Fusco helped block for former Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford, who completed 71.6-percent of his passes.

Last season, Fusco started all 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers – an offensive system similar to the Falcons. During the last five games of the season, he helped block for an offense that averaged 293.8 yards per game, which was fifth in the league during that period.

Some initial reaction: