New starting right guard Wes Schweitzer will be on the spot when the Falcons host the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
He’ll have to face their massive defensive tackles Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark, who are fresh off of their dismantling of the interior of Seattle’s offensive line.
“I’m just going to go out there and play,” Schweitzer said.
He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 draft out of San Jose State, where he played tackle. He didn’t play all of last season as he was converted to guard.
He beat out Ben Garland for the starting guard spot after Chris Chester retired over the offseason.
Quarterback Matt Ryan is in Schweitzer’s corner.
“Wes will be fine,” Ryan said. “I think we all had a few plays that we’d like back for sure. Everybody. Year 1. Year 10. Or, first start. There are 100 plays in there. There are a few plays in every game that you’d like to do differently. He had a lot of good plays, too, against a very good front.”
Daniels has seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble against Seattle. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy awarded him a game ball for that dominating performance.
Next up, Schweitzer in his second game in the NFL.
“I think he’ll be ready,” Ryan said. “He’s worked hard. He’s ready for this opportunity. He’s a guy that prepares really hard every week. I expect him to go out there and play well.”