One of the Atlanta Falcons’ most grueling position battles has been at the right guard spot between 11-year veteran Chris Chester and rookie sixth-round selection Wes Schweitzer.
That competition now has a decided winner.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn announced that Chester will start Week 1 when the team faces the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
“Chris Chester will be at right guard,” Quinn said when speaking to the media on Monday.
Chester started all 16 games for the Falcons last season. Before joining Atlanta, the guard spent four years in Washington and five years in Baltimore. He was drafted in the second round by the Ravens in the 2006 NFL Draft.
The guard told the team’s official website that he’s ready to start on an offensive line that coaches believe is stout.
“The coaches told us we have a very deep, talented group inside, and everybody was going to get an opportunity to play,” Chester said, via the Falcons’ official website. “I just want to make the team better. That’s No. 1. Everything else will work itself out.”
The lineman also graciously spoke about the teammate he beat out at right guard.
“Wes has done a great job,” Chester admitted. “He’s grown a lot, and I think he’s got all the tools to be a player in this league going forward.”