McGary started all 16 of Atlanta's games in 2019, allowing 13 sacks and committing five penalties.
The No. 31 overall pick struggled mightily in pass protection during his rookie campaign, surrendering five more sacks than any other Falcons lineman. He did, however, prove to be relatively disciplined in spite of his lack of professional experience. McGary finished fifth in penalties among the team's linemen, despite playing all 1,027 of Atlanta's offensive snaps between Weeks 3 and 17.
McGary (knee) has been cleared to play in Sunday's tilt against the Texans.
McGary has been toughing through a knee injury sustained in Week 2. The rookie was limited at practice all week, but should take on his usual workload barring any setbacks.
McGary (knee) was a limited participant during Atlanta's practice session Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
The rookie offensive tackle had to be carted off the field Week 2 against Philadelphia but was able to return later in that contest, and he's played 100 percent of the offensive snaps during Atlanta's two games since. McGary has thus far toughed his way through the issue, but if he is able to upgrade to a full practice participant Thursday or Friday, it will provide reassurance that he is in line for his fifth consecutive start to kick off 2019.
McGary (knee) will play in Sunday's game versus the Colts, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
McGary didn't practice Wednesday but was a limited participant in the last two practices of the week. The team was simply exercising caution, however, as he won't carry an injury tag and will start at right tackle Sunday.
McGary (knee) did not participate in Wednesday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
McGary is tough, as in eats glass and nails for breakfast, tough. The rookie right tackle was carted off the field during the second quarter of Sunday's 24-20 win against the Eagles, with what appeared to be a grisly knee injury that would hold him out for the remainder of Week 2 at the very least. He surprisingly was able to return to the field during the fourth quarter, but his status for Sunday's road matchup against Indianapolis remains undetermined. In an interview with Fox News Atlanta's Ryan Gaydos postgame, McGary mentioned that he heard a "snap, crackle, pop" sound as the injury was occurring, but said that if he were to sit the rest of the game, that would mean be admitting defeat and letting his teammates down.
McGary (knee) returned in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles, D. Orlando Ledbetter of AJC reports.
McGary was carted off with the injury in the first half, but it wasn't serious enough to keep the 2019 first-rounder out for the remainder of the contest.
McGary was carted off during Sunday's matchup with the Eagles due to a knee injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
McGary's return is questionable at this stage.
McGary is listed as Atlanta's starting right tackle on the most recent version of the depth chart, per the Falcons' official site.
Perhaps it was an illustration of gamesmanship from Dan Quinn, but the Falcons coach did not announce whether it would be McGary or veteran Ty Sambrailo who would start at right tackle against Minnesota in Week 1. McGary ended up getting the starting nod and playing 45 of a possible 78 offensive snaps, but the Atlanta offensive line struggled mightily in pass protection, surrendering seven QB hits and four sacks to the Vikings.
Head coach Dan Quinn said that he expects McGary to be active for Sunday's matchup against Minnesota but has not yet named the team's starter at right tackle, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
McGary missed Atlanta's first four preseason contests (including the Hall of Game) while recoving from a cardiac ablation procedure, but he was able to recover within one month's time and register 41 offensive snaps in the exhibition finale against Jacksonville. The Falcons are banged up at right tackle with Matt Gono (back) sitting out Thursday's practice session, and Ty Sambrailo just two and a half weeks removed from a shoulder injury sustained in practice. Despite him being a first-round pick, sentiments around training camp were that McGary might sit and learn behind veterans Sambrailo and Gono for the first few weeks of the regular season, but Atlanta may not be afforded that luxury.
The Falcons will test McGary's conditioning during the three practices leading up to Sunday's game versus the Vikings, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
McGary has made an excellent recovery from a cardiac ablation procedure, rehabbing in just four weeks compared to the initial six- to eight-week estimate. However, he's still taken a lot of time off, and the coaching staff is predictably concerned about whether McGary can handle a full workload in the regular season -- he did start the preseason finale. If his conditioning is up to par, there's a chance the rookie first-round pick could start his first NFL game Sunday.
McGary started at right tackle during the preseason finale against Jacksonville, but he may serve as Matt Gono's backup during the Week 1 matchup against Minnesota on Sunday, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
McGary was able to return faster than his initial six-to-eight week recovery timetable would have indicated, rehabilitating from a cardiac ablation procedure in four weeks time and putting forth a solid showing against the Jaguars in his first game action last Thursday. The Falcons coaching staff may not yet be comfortable throwing McGary onto the field for 60-to-65 snaps given his relative inexperience and health concerns, plus Gono has exceeded expectations throughout training camp and the preseason, prompting head coach Dan Quinn to say that the team would be comfortable with him playing in a regular-season game.
McGary appears ready to be activated for Atlanta's final game of the preseason at Jacksonville, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
It remains unofficial, but barring any setbacks between now and Thursday's exhibition, McGary is expected to make his 2019 debut against the Jaguars. The rookie offensive tackle underwent a cardiac ablation procedure on July 31 and seems to be ahead of schedule in his return, as prior instances of the same procedure have kept McGary inactive for six to eight weeks.
Head coach Dan Quinn said he'd like to get McGary action in Thursday's preseason finale against Jacksonville, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
McGary is currently working his way back from a "minimally invasive" heart procedure he underwent in late July. McFadden also reported that the 24-year-old was in line for 50 percent of the reps at right tackle before the procedure.
McGary (chest) will participate in individual work this week, but hasn't been cleared for contact, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
This is positive news for the team and McGary, as he works back from a "minimally invasive" heart procedure he underwent in late July. It's still too early to tell if the rookie will be ready for Week 1, as typically past instances of this surgery have sidelined him six to eight weeks. It's a step in the right direction, but expect the team to be cautious with their 2019 first-round draft pick, and update his status as the season nears.
Head coach Dan Quinn did not rule out the possibility of McGary (chest) returning for Atlanta's Week 1 game against the Vikings, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. "The good news is by no means is this a redshirt year," Quinn said in reference to McGary undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure Wednesday. "As far as when the opener is (Sept. 8), it's too early to tell."
McGary was forced to leave Tuesday's practice session with what was perceived at the time to be an illness, but less than 24 hours later was scheduled to undergo "a minimally invasive" heart procedure -- likely solving the mystery to his sudden exit from the field. The 24-year-old offensive tackle has reportedly undergone similar surgeries on two prior occasions, and tweeted out from his personal account Friday that the procedure was a success. In past instances of the surgery, McGary has been forced to sit out six to eight weeks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
McGary (chest) is scheduled to undergo a cardiac ablation procedure Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
McGary has undergone similar procedures on two previous occasions according to Schefter and has previously been assigned six- to eight-week recovery timelines. It's unfortunate timing for the rookie first-round pick, who stands to compete with Ty Sambrailo for the starting right tackle spot when fully healthy.
McGary was forced to leave Tuesday's practice due to an illness, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal reports.
The timing is unfortunate for McGary, as he's locked into a battle with Ty Sambrailo for the starting right tackle spot. It's unclear how serious the illness is, but the 2019 first-round pick will hope to get healthy and make a case for a starting role as training camp continues.
McGary agreed to a four-year, $10.2 million contract with Atlanta on Thursday, Joel Corry of CBS Sports reports.
Atlanta's draft room sensed a collective inclination to trade back up into the first round to select McGary with the No. 31 pick, in large part due to what head coach Dan Quinn described as a "nasty" playing demeanor from the 6-foot-7, 317-pound behemoth out of Washington. Atlanta's offensive line struggled in all facets during a disappointing 7-9 campaign last year, giving up the second-most tackles for loss or no gain on run plays, while also ranking well inside the bottom half of the league in both sacks (42) and quarterback hits (108) allowed. McGary was a two-time All-Pac-12 player, and at this point is the favorite to get the start at right tackle over Ty Sambrailo and Matt Gono for Atlanta's Week 1 matchup against the Vikings.
The Falcons selected McGary in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 31st overall.
The primary concern with McGary likely regards his relatively short arms (32 and 7/8 inches), but his profile is otherwise very encouraging. He stands at 6-foot-7, 317 pounds and boasts excellent athleticism, including a 5.05-second 40, 33.5-inch vertical, 111-inch broad jump, and 12.24 agility score. Basically, he's tall and can really run. He'll compete with Ty Sambrailo at right tackle, and a Week 1 start can't be ruled out.