Falcons coach Arthur Smith in no hurry to settle starting offensive line

Atlanta Journal-Constitution photo by Jason Getz via AP / Atlanta Falcons offensive guards Justin Shaffer (75) and Chris Lindstrom drill Saturday during training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith likes what he has seen thus far from the offensive line in training camp, even though the unit still has three unsettled positions.

Atlanta is set at left tackle with Jake Matthews and at right guard with Chris Lindstrom, a pair of former first-round picks signed to lucrative contract extensions, but the other spots are less clear.

Drew Dalman and Matt Hennessy are battling at center. Elijah Wilkinson has moved past Jalen Mayfield at left guard, and Kaleb McGary, whose team option was not picked up in the offseason, appears to be holding off Germain Ifedi at right tackle.

Smith said Saturday that the team is prepared to wait as long as the first week of the season to settle on a five-man front.