With Andy Levitre out for the season, Wes Schweitzer isprovi the proverbial next man up at left guard for the Falcons.
Schweitzer lost the starting right guard battled to Brandon Fusco and was the backup swing guard.
Levitre was placed on injured reserve with a torn tricep on Tuesday.
Schweitzer started all 18 games last season, but received a 43.7 grade from profootballfocus.com and was the 54th rated starting guard in the league.
However, the Falcons have seen continued growth in Schweitzer and believes he is much improved.
“When Wes stepped in for Andy we certainly knew what to expect for a guy who had really put the time in,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said on Monday. “This summer, the battle that he had in him with Brandon to get going, we knew if he was going to go in the game he would be ready.”
Here’s the depth chart the team provided in the weekly release for the Saints’ game:
WR 11 Julio Jones ,14 Justin Hardy, 17 Marvin Hall
LT 70 Jake Matthews, 74 Ty Sambrailo
LG 71 Wes Schweitzer, 63 Ben Garland
C 51 Alex Mack, 71 Wes Schweitzer
RG 65 Brandon Fusco, 68 Zac Kerin
RT 73 Ryan Schraeder, 77 Matt Gono
TE 81 Austin Hooper, 82 Logan Paulsen, 85 Eric Saubert
WR 12 Mohamed Sanu, 18 Calvin Ridley, 83 Russell Gage
QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Matt Schaub
RB 24 Devonta Freeman, 26 Tevin Coleman, 25 Ito Smith, 32 Brian Hill
FB 30 Ricky Ortiz
DE 44 Vic Beasley, Jr. 90 Derrick Shelby, 56 Steven Means
DT 99 Terrell McClain, 94 Deadrin Senat, 92 Justin Zimmer DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 95 Jack Crawford
DE 98 Takk McKinley, 50 Brooks Reed
MLB 42 Duke Riley, 36 Kemal Ishmael
WLB 54 Foyesade Oluokun
SLB 59 De’Vondre Campbell, 55 Corey Nelson
CB 23 Robert Alford, 20 Isaiah Oliver, 33 Blidi Wreh-Wilson CB 21 Desmond Trufant, 34 Brian Poole, 28 Justin Bethel
FS 27 Damontae Kazee, 35 Keith Tandy
SS 37 Ricardo Allen, 29 Jordan Richards
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher
P 5 Matt Bosher
KR 18 Calvin Ridley, 14 Justin Hardy
PR 14 Justin Hardy, 17 Marvin Hall
LS 47 Josh Harris
H 5 Matt Bosher