By Michael Cunningham
FLOWERY BRANCH -- If Falcons left tackle Sam Baker can’t play Sunday against the Rams, recent addition Jeremy Trueblood says he’s ready to go after about a week of learning his new team’s offense.
“I think I’ve got most everything down,” he said Thursday. “I feel really comfortable out there.”
Trueblood was at right tackle with the starters Thursday for the second consecutive day. Lamar Holmes, the starter at right tackle for the season opener, filled in for Baker at left tackle as Baker sat out again with a knee injury.
“It was an opportunity to get out there with our offense calling our plays and doing our terminology (instead of the scout team),” Trueblood said. “I thought that was really beneficial for me, and then I will just go from there.”
The Falcons entered training camp short on experience among the offensive linemen. After Holmes struggled during the preseason, the Falcons signed Trueblood, who started 84 of 101 games at right tackle for Tampa Bay from 2006-12.
The Redskins cut Trueblood on the first roster reduction during training camp this summer. The Falcons waited a week before signing him to a free-agent contract.
When Trueblood arrived, he said there are only so many plays an offense can learn, so his biggest challenge would be learning his new team’s calls.
“There are a few calls that are universal to offenses like this, which I’ve run before,” Trueblood said. “That’s helped out a lot, but really it’s just sticking your nose in the playbook every night, using flash cards every night and doing what you have to do.”
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