It hasn’t gone according to plan this season along the Falcons offensive line, but one player has played as consistently each week this year as he has since he joined the team as a second-round draft pick in 2007. Justin Blalock has started every game this season and has played every snap on offense, the only player to do that on the offensive side of the ball.
The guard’s 13 starts this season extends his games started streak to 95, a figure that dates back to Week 15 of the 2007 season, his rookie year. His streak is the longest current streak on the Falcons roster and it’s also tops in the league for all guards. Second behind Blalock on the list is Daryn Colledge from Arizona, who has started 94 straight games. Colledge has the edge in consecutive games played over Blalock with 125.
Tony Gonzalez also appears on the consecutive starts list, leading all tight ends with 115 straight starts.
Over the course of his 882 snaps this season, Blalock has been one of the most consistent players on the offensive line, culminating with one of his best games of the season last week. Against Green Bay, Blalock, according to stats compiled by ProFootballFocus.com, earned a +2.8 rating, his highest mark of the season. Much of Blalock’s grade came in the run game with a grade of +2.1.
Blalock has a +11.2 overall rating this season and a +11.1 rating as a pass blocker.