Atlanta Falcons: Lamar Holmes inserted as No. 3 left tackle

Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) and offensive guard (79) Mike Johnson loosen up for the opening day of training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, July 26, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) and offensive guard (79) Mike Johnson loosen up for the opening day of training camp in Flowery Branch on Thursday, July 26, 2012. CURTIS COMPTON / CCOMPTON@AJC.COM

Vivlamore reporting from Flowery Branch.

Offensive lineman Lamar Holmes also was cleared to begin practice just in time for training camp. Holmes, the team’s third-round draft pick this year, said he suffered a broken foot while running just weeks after being drafted.

“I thought I was doing the right thing,” Holmes said. “I tried to finish the end of my run strong, and I felt something in my foot, and that’s what it was.”

Holmes acknowledged it will take a little while to get back in the swing of physical football.

“I’ve got some rust,” Holmes said. “I haven’t been in pads since the East-West Shrine game. I haven’t done any real physical activity since then so there is a little rust, but I’m going to get it off before you know it.”

There were no changes to the Falcons’ first-team offensive line with the opening of training camp, but two rookies took a step forward.

The starting unit remained Sam Baker, Justin Blalock, Todd McClure, Garrett Reynolds and Tyson Clabo. However, Peter Konz, the team’s second-round draft pick, practiced with the second unit at right guard behind Reynolds. Holmes practiced with the third unit at left tackle behind Baker and Will Svitek.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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July 26th, 2012
10:24 pm


July 26th, 2012
10:27 pm

Holmes… Don’t know too much of anything about this guy, but if he’s our guard of the future I hope he can step up quick if things don’t workout between our first two LT’s.


July 27th, 2012
12:45 am

Say Sam Baker, starting left tackle again so these Pollyannas can have a conniption fit! :-)


July 27th, 2012
9:46 am

this is the most important unit of our team in terms of improvement. we will never play with the elite teams until this unit improves a lot. i’m not sure we have the personel to accomplish that status. sure hope we can pick up some talent before the season starts!!!


July 27th, 2012
10:25 am

Seen in the want ads…”Wanted for pro football team, offensive line”…


July 27th, 2012
10:40 am

The O-Line had a sub-par year last year but has been quite good in the past. I expect major improvement this year and think the new kids will push the group. I’m hoping that Sam Baker has his best year ever and if that happens this O-Line will be ready to play with the best in the NFL.

Jimmy Crack

July 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Lamar is a mauling animal with a big competitive chip on his shoulder. His own self-motivation, tempered by professional NFL trainers, will have him ready in short time to compete. Lamar doesn’t like to lose…at anything.

“I’m not here to make friends.” – Lamar Holmes


July 27th, 2012
11:07 am

Hope by the middle of the season, he can step up. So…D Led….MOVED to LT? Did they draft him to be initially a RT? Just curious.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 27th, 2012
11:39 am

SirReal — Yes.


July 27th, 2012
12:47 pm

Nothing was said in the article about moving Holmes to LT. He was inserted into the 3rd unit. He was drafted specifically to be the LT starter. The first two draftees this year were OL:. The FO is serious about upgrading this unit. It is and has been and ever more shall be “what’s up front that counts:


July 27th, 2012
2:22 pm

I don’t think the o-line has been anywhere near average the whole time Smith has been here.
I do hope there will be enough competition to make it better.
When the o-line rune up against a pretty good defense, they have’nt been able to get the job

Just Wondering

July 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the O-line and how it needs to get better from last season. From what I read from this blog, the same people are starting at the line at the start of training camp. The position of interest is at LT and RG. It looks to me that the Falcons are set on letting Sam Baker start there for now. I just don’t see how this O-line is improving? Am I to believe that this o-line is much better because Sam Baker is “healthy”? Is Sam Baker really the answer to number 8’s blindside? LT is extremely important position, especially if the franchise QB is right handed. I really hope in the future they will either use a top draft pick, trade or look at FA for a legit LT. Its make or break year for Sam Baker. I feel for the guy. That’s a tough position to be in.


July 27th, 2012
5:08 pm

Wow…..Thanks D Led. Always the good
Hmmm, thats interesting. I know the slide from right to left can be impactful on either side of the coin. I understand the coaches mentality here and am cool with it. I’d get a look at him at the LT spot also. Hopefully we’re all pleasantly surprised.