Falcons Linemen Comfortable with Screens

Falcons Linemen Comfortable with Screens

Jay Adams

Published September 5, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Coming into minicamp this year, the Falcons offensive linemen hadn’t had too much exposure to the screen game. Some hadn’t run the play since college. Others had to re-familiarize themselves with the techniques and responsibilities.

After four preseason games, the line feels very comfortable with what they’re supposed to do when offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter calls for the screen.

“We do (enjoy it), to change it up,” center Todd McClure said. “If we get out there and get our blocks, there’s potential for a big play.”

If the preseason was any indication, running back Jacquizz Rodgers will handle a lot of the screen opportunities as far as toting the ball, but wide receiver Julio Jones looks to be in the mix there, as well.

The blocking scheme for linemen on the play — which is basically holding a block for a moment and then letting the defenders upfield so the offensive line can get out to the edge to block for the receiver — can sometimes cause them to miss the best parts of the play.

That’s OK with them. They’ll just catch the highlights later.

“We know we have the potential to be a really explosive offense this year, and sometimes you go out, you make the block, you may hear the crowd roar and you know something good just happened,” McClure said. “That’s what it’s all about for us. When you have a back or a receiver cut off of your block for a big play, that’s what it’s all about for us.”

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