FILE - In this July 23, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Falcons rookie offensive tackle Kaleb McGary
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McGary slated to take over right tackle rotation 

For now, the Falcons, who are set to face the Eagles at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday Night at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, plan to continue the rotation.  

“We’ll look at that as we’re heading into the game,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said. “Certainly part of the plan right now, but it may or may not, as we get down through the end of the week. We’re certainly pleased with Kaleb’s (McGary) first lap through.”

McGary, who was taken with the 31st pick of the first round in this year’s NFL draft, missed most of the exhibition season after having a cardiac ablation procedure on July 31. He returned to play in the final exhibition game on Aug. 29.

Against the Vikings, McGary played 43 of 74 snaps (58 percent) and Ty Sambrailo played 33 snaps (45 percent). Sambrailo, who signed a three-year contract extension for $14.25 million with escalator clauses that could go up to $18 million in February,  played some right tackle and tight end in the jumbo package. 

“We don’t plan to stay that way, but as long as the communication is right (everything is fine),” Quinn said. “If it was a concern about that, we wouldn’t do that. Once we feel like, from a conditioning standpoint, (McGary is) ready to take it over the whole time, I think Kaleb will do that.”

Quarterback Matt Ryan felt McGary played well. 

 “I think Kaleb has done a nice job,” Ryan said. “I thought he played well for us Sunday when he was in the game. He played physical. I know that they’re kind of working him back into condition having missed some time during training camp. He did a nice job when he was in there. He played tough for us.”


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