In Washington, Chester played under current Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who held the same title with the Redskins. Chester is familiar with Shanahan's outside-zone blocking scheme and is known for having good footwork for the running game.
The Falcons have a void at left guard after releasing veteran Justin Blalock, who was a better pass protector than run-blocker. Newcomer Mike Person, last with the St. Louis Rams, has been running with the first team at left guard. Chester appears destined to take over that role if the team elects to keep fellow veteran Jon Asamoah at right guard. Asamoah is not exactly the best fit for the zone-blocking scheme, but he's a solid pass protector for Matt Ryan.
Chester will be the second former Redskins starting offensive lineman to join the Falcons this offseason. The team recently signed tackle Tyler Polumbus to a one-year contract.