Now that the third preseason game is in the books, the time has come for roster cuts to begin. The Atlanta Falcons have until 4pm ET on Monday August, 27 to bring the roster down to 75 players, as mandated by the NFL.
A number of roster moves were made to begin that process:
TE Chase Coffman – (signed as free agent) Waived
LB Max Gruder – (signed as undrafted free agent) Waived
K Erik Folk – (signed as undrafted free agent) Waived
RB Richard Medlin – (signed as free agent) Waived
FB Lee Meisner – (signed as undrafted free agent) Waived
DE Louis Nzegwu – (signed as undrafted free agent) Waived
WR Kenny Stafford - (signed as undrafted free agent) Waived
TE Aron White – (signed as undrafted free agent) Waived
OT Will Svitek – Injured Reseerve
DT Elisha Joseph – (signed as free agent) Injury Settlement
CB Darrin Walls – Injury Settlement
There are always a few surprises in the first cut down during the preseason, and you may see more than one familiar face cut from the Falcons’ roster before all is said and done.
Third string quarterback John Parker Wilson can’t be too comfortable right now, with rookie Dominique Davis coming in and having three consecutive impressive outings, while Wilson has looked shaky, at best.
Cornerback Christopher Owens could end up being the odd man out in the secondary, given the Falcons new acquisitions at corner, and the improved play of Dominique Franks. Safety Shann Schillinger may also be pushed out by a veteran free agent pickup in Chris Hope.
After the August 27 cut down, Atlanta will have to reduce its roster to 53 players by August 31, and may have an eight-player practice squad beginning on September 1.