Falcons add guard Manuwai
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reportsthat the Falcons have signed offensive guard Vince Manuwai. Manuwai played eight seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, including under coaches Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter.
He sat out the 2011 season after showing up overweight following the NFL lockout last summer. Previously, Manuwai spent eight seasons with Jaguars, starting a total of 105 games after being a 3rd round pick in 2003. He played almost exclusively left guard during his career with the Jaguars, although he did get some work on the right side of the line during mini-camps prior to the 2010 season. He missed all but one game in 2008 due to a torn ACL suffered in the season opener. After that point, he started to have issues with his weight. He suffered a torn tendon in his foot late in the 2010 season, which prevented him from getting into shape headed into the 2011. Manuwai played in Hawaii’s heavy passing attack during his college career, but adapted himself well to run blocking in the NFL as he played under Jack Del Rio.
Manuwai could potentially be penciled as the Falcons current starter at the right guard position, a problem area throughout the 2011 season.