The Atlanta Falcons announced 14 roster moves, helping get their roster down to 76 players ahead of the league’s 75-player limit by Tuesday afternoon. The Falcons will need to make one more move before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. Eastern deadline.
The Falcons waived linebackers Boris Anyama and Terrell Manning, wide receivers Marquez Clark and John Harris, running back Michael Ford, defensive end Warren Herring, defensive tackles Derrick Hopkins and Sam Meredith, offensive tackle Matt Huffer, cornerback Michael Lee, offensive guard Eric Lefeld and center Valerian Ume-Ezeoke. The team also released tight end Mickey Shuler and placed offensive tackle Lamar Holmes on the Reserve/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) list.
Most of the Falcons’ cuts were players signed as undrafted free agents after this past April’s draft including Anyama, Clark, Herring, Meredith, Huffer, Lee, Lefeld and Ume-Ezeoke. Manning, Harris, Ford and Hopkins were all signed since the team started training camp in August.
Shuler was re-signed by the Falcons after the 2014 season after spending time on the practice squad in 2013 and training camp in 2014. He was cut at the end of camp last summer and wound up spending the entire year with the Jacksonville Jaguars. It marks the fifth consecutive summer that Shuler has failed to make it through the final cuts.
Holmes began training camp on the team’s active/PUP list due to a foot injury suffered during June minicamp. Holmes going on the reserve version of the PUP list means that Holmes will be prevented from practicing or playing with the Falcons for the first six weeks of the regular season. After that, there will be a five-week window in which Holmes will be allowed to return to practice. From the day upon which Holmes is cleared to return to practice, a three-week window will begin in which he must be activated to the active 53-man roster or be placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
The Falcons will need to make one more move before Tuesday. The Falcons will then play their preseason finale at home against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night. After which, the team will reduce the roster to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 5. The Falcons will then likely use the nine days preceding their regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles to further tweak their roster with other players off the waiver wire.