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Yes, the offensive line will look competent in 2014. The O-line will be completely different than what the 2013 iteration looked like. There will be at least three different starters.
At left guard, Justin Blalock is pretty much locked in stone as the starter and was above-average. At center, Peter Konz and Joe Hawley will battle for the starting role. If Hawley wins, center should be much better than it was in 2013.
Jon Asamoah will be an instant upgrade over the turnstile that occupied the right guard role in 2013. Jake Matthews will help stabilize the right side of the line at right tackle and should be better than Jeremy Trueblood.
However, if Sam Baker gets hurt at left tackle, Matthews will have to replace him on that side, while Lamar Holmes should be able to take over at right tackle in that scenario. This is a much better situation than the 2013 debacle that led to 44 sacks allowed.
Overall, with added talent and experience in pass blocking, the Falcons should be able to keep Matt Ryan more upright. This was priority No. 1 this offseason, and with the addition of a high draft pick and a top free agent, it will be tough to bet against this offensive line.