The Falcons' offensive line is banged up. How banged up? So banged up that their right tackle is a tight end.
Not surprisingly, Levine Toilolo, the TE forced into playing RT, got smoked on that Matt Ryan sack. pic.twitter.com/ewo2bnPYBS— Josh Katzowitz (@joshkatzowitz) September 28, 2014
That's Levine Toilolo, the Stanford product, getting beaten badly off the edge. He's not even their blocking TE -- that'd be Bear Pascoe -- and he looked lost. He's understandably unsure as to how to get into the right stance, and just wasn't ready to face a starting-caliber defensive end who had size, technique and experience on him.
How did the Falcons get here? Well, first, starting LG Justin Blalock left the game with a back injury. That was fixed by Gabe Carimi coming in at RG while starting RG Jon Asamoah slid over to the left. Then starting RT Lamar Holmes went down with a foot injury. Carimi slid over to right tackle while backup C Peter Konz went in at RG. Then starting center Joe Hawley went down. All other backup linemen were inactive, so they were left with Toilolo at RT.