Trueblood Looking to Catch Up Quickly

Trueblood Looking to Catch Up Quickly

Jay Adams

Published September 4, 2013 at 3:13 PM

Jeremy Trueblood’s phone rang Sunday night, just after the Falcons were done announcing the team’s practice squad, with news of an opportunity in Atlanta.

The former second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2006 was very familiar with the organization on the other end of the phone and, not long after being cut by Washington, made the decision to take the chance being offered by the Falcons to try out.

“I’ve always respected the Falcons,” the new offensive tackle said Wednesday. “For me, it was … an exciting opportunity to take advantage of. I think it’s a really good team. We’ve had our struggles when I was in Tampa with the Falcons so I hope that continues.”

Trueblood has been receiving the crash course as he’s now expected to learn a training camp’s worth of playbook and installation in a week, but for a veteran like him, it should come pretty quickly. He welcomes the challenge of trying to cram as much into his head as fast as he can, and the physical side shouldn’t be lagging as he spent much of 2013 camp with the Redskins.

With 84 career starts, Trueblood brings experience to the Falcons offensive tackle position on the right side where second-year tackle Lamar Holmes figures to be the starter with undrafted rookie Ryan Schraeder backing him up.

Head coach Mike Smith didn’t say Tuesday after the move was announced whether Trueblood would be in a position to start, if needed, Sunday’s game against New Orleans, but Trueblood said Wednesday that he just needs to learn the terminology.

“I’m getting thrown into the fire, but I welcome the challenge,” said Trueblood, who played with quarterback Matt Ryan for a year at Boston College, when Ryan was a sophomore and Trueblood was a senior. “It’s going to be fun. It’s just football at the end of the day. It’s just fun to be playing.”

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