PHILADELPHIA — Peter Konz, the Falcons’ top draft pick, made his first NFL start at right guard against the Eagles on Sunday.
Konz, a second-round pick (55th overall) from Wisconsin, has been active for all seven games and had been contributing on special teams.
Garrett Reynolds, who started the first six games, has missed practice time due to a back injury.
Konz, 6 foot 5 and 317 pounds, appeared to hold up in pass protection and was solid with his run blocking
On one play in the second quarter, he couldn’t match the power of Philadelphia defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, but he guided him away for quarterback Matt Ryan, who scrambled for a 7-yard gain.
Konz also looked solid on a combination block, where he passed a defender over to center Todd McClure and then got back in place to pick up Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who was blitzing.
With Konz in the lineup, running backs Jacquizz Rodger and Michael Turner combined to rush for more than 100 yards.