Falcons Cut 11 in First Wave of Final Cuts

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The Atlanta Falcons made their first wave of cuts yesterday, parting ways with 11 players to get their roster down to 64 players ahead of today’s deadline to get down to a league-mandated 53 players. The Falcons have until 4 p.m. Eastern today to release another 11 players.

The Falcons released kicker Shayne Graham and offensive tackle Bryce Harris, while waiving defensive end Nordly Capi, offensive tackle Laurence Gibson, defensive end Malliciah Goodman, defensive tackle Cory Johnson, cornerback Devonte Johnson, safety Damian Parms, center Collin Rahrig, wide receiver Corey Washington and linebacker Matt Wells.

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Shayne Graham

Graham, 38, signed with the Falcons two weeks ago when kicker Matt Bryant was hurting with muscle tightness. Graham played with the Falcons last season when Bryant was hurt for the final month of the season. In five games, Graham made 11 of 13 field goals and all eight extra-point attempts. However Graham missed a 32-yard field goal in the team’s preseason finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Harris signed with the Falcons at the outset of the 2015 season after spending three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He appeared in one game with the Falcons last season.

Capi signed with the Falcons in June and led the team with 1.5 sacks during the preseason. Capi spent last season on the Baltimore Ravens’ practice squad after being an undrafted free agent with the Jaguars in 2015.

Gibson signed with the Falcons in May after spending 2015 on the Kansas City Chiefs practice squad. He was originally a seventh-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys last season.

Goodman was drafted by the Falcons in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In three seasons with the Falcons, he appeared in 34 games and made 11 starts, all but one of which came in 2014. He never recorded a sack while a Falcon, but did manage two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries. Goodman lost playing time a year ago in the Falcons’ rotation, managing to only appear in four games while being inactive for the other 12.

Both Johnsons were undrafted rookies that signed with the Falcons following the 2016 NFL Draft. Cory Johnson played at Kentucky and ranked second among Falcons defensive linemen this summer with six tackles and also added a sack. Devonte Johnson played at Weber State and competed as a slot corner for the Falcons.

Parms was originally an undrafted free agent for the Falcons in 2015 but was cut midway through training camp. He was re-signed by the team after the season and ranked second on the team this summer with 16 tackles during the preseason.

Rahrig finished the 2015 season on the Falcons practice squad after signing as an undrafted rookie with the Pittsburgh Steelers the spring before.

Washington signed with the Falcons on the eve of training camp after dealing with injuries that led him to get cut by the Detroit Lions in June. Washington’s most extensive NFL action came in 14 games during the 2014 season with the New York Giants, where he caught five passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

Wells was another late addition to the Falcons roster, being signed in early August. Originally selected by the New England Patriots in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, he spent the majority of his rookie season on the St. Louis Rams’ practice squad.

Among those cut, all except Graham, Harris and Goodman remain eligible for the team’s 10-man practice squad, which will be established tomorrow.

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