Giants must be anxious to take on Falcons offensive line

The Atlanta Falcons' quarterback will be protected -- he can
only hope -- by a banged-up offensive line that has two new
starting tackles, including undrafted rookie Renardo Foster, who'll
be responsible for Harrington's blind side.
Foster fell into his first career start when left tackle Wayne
Gandy went down last week on the next-to-last offensive play of
another Atlanta loss. Compounding the problems up front, right
tackle Todd Weiner will be out several weeks after arthroscopic
knee surgery, handing off the job to second-year player Tyson Clabo
(who wasn't drafted either, by the way).
Foster, who followed coach Bobby Petrino from Louisville to the
Falcons, is certainly big enough at 6-foot-7, 338 pounds. Clearly,
he would NOT have been passed over in the draft by every team,
Atlanta included, if there was an indication he would be ready to
start in his sixth pro game.
Two weeks ago, Osi Umenyiora had a team-record six sacks and the
Giants (3-2) tied the NFL mark by taking down McNabb 12 times in a
16-3 victory that rekindled memories of Lawrence Taylor terrorizing
the other team's quarterback.
Not that the Falcons (1-4) can devote all their attention to
Umenyiora. New York's other starting end is Michael Strahan, who
just happens to be the NFL's active leader with 133{ sacks.
Strahan has been double-teamed most of the season, opening up
things for Umenyiora and second-stringer Justin Tuck on the other
side. The Falcons, of course, don't have enough blockers to double
up on everyone.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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