Continuing the countdown of the top 40 players on the Atlanta Falcons, let’s break down the 37th best player in offensive tackle Tyler Polumbus.
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Total Score: 41.5/100
Last year’s rank: N/A
Player Grade: 49/100
Teams he is starter: 4 out of 32
Teams he is best position player: 0 out of 32
Teams he is role player: 20 out of 32
Peak-Year Bonus: +2
Positional Bonus: +3
One of the reasons why offensive linemen, especially backups tend to benefit from the formula I use to rank players is because of the sheer number of blockers required by the league. Every team must have five starters and the simple fact is that there isn’t enough supply of good ones to meet the demand.
That’s why players like Tyler Polumbus can still find a handful of teams that they can start for. While Polumbus isn’t a bad player, he has proven without a doubt that by the end of his tenure in Washington, that he’s not really a player that you want starting in an ideal world.
Polumbus began his career mainly as an injury fill-in, first in Denver (2009), then Seattle (2010) and then Washington (2011-12). His versatility, the ability to four of the five line positions, kept him employed all those years rather than any great on-field performances, logging 34 starts over those four seasons.
However none of the Redskins’ attempts to supplant him at right tackle the past two years really managed to work out until Jay Gruden finally pulled the plug midway through the 2014 season, thanks in part to minor injuries nagging Polumbus up until that point.
Now Polumbus finds himself in Atlanta and hoping that his experience working under Kyle Shanahan and offensive line coach Chris Morgan in Washington pays off for him for another roster spot. Once again, Polumbus finds himself in a position where he’ll be asked to fill in the event of an injury to starters Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder.
At his best, Polumbus is a competent stopgap starter that can get the job done with little fuss. At his worst, he can be an outright liability. The Falcons are hoping that Polumbus’ familiarity with the scheme and new environment means his performance in 2015 will be resemble his best. There is reason for optimism given the last time Polumbus played in a Shanahan offense in 2013, he was much closer to competent than a liability.