“The Bear Jew” Started at Left Tackle vs. Cincinnati Week 2: Gabe Carimi (Left) sets up on the Offensive line behind Falcons QB Matt Ryan Sunday. (Photo credit: Andy Lyons, Getty Images)

“The Bear Jew” finally got his first start.

The Falcons signed Jewish Offensive Lineman Gabe Carimi this offseason to add needed depth to a depleted unit. On Sunday, the 4 year pro made his first career start at left tackle and filled in for the injured Jake Matthews.

Carimi first replaced Mathews in the Falcons thrilling week 1 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Against the Cincinnati Bengals, Carimi and the Falcons didn’t fare so well, losing 24-10. Matt Ryan was sacked only once but the Quarterback was hit five times behind an offensive line featuring two starters in Carimi and Lamar Holmes that began the season as reserves.

“The Bear Jew,” as he has been called since his time with the Chicago Bears, played well enough to warrant another possible start next week. Falcons right tackle Lamar Holmes admitted to underperforming in the game.  Carimi could start at right tackle opposite Jake Mathews when the Falcons face off against the Buccaneers.

”That’s just how it is on every position on every team in the league – it’s the next player in,” Carimi said. ”You always have to just go in there and do your job. That’s why you’re there.”

Gabe Carimi grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and has said that he is very commited to his religion. Both his parents are Jewish and his family is active in the Madison Jewish community. The Falcons play at home Thursday night vs. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

More Coverage of the Falcons week 2 loss from the AJC

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Written by David Cohen

Managing Editor AJT