The Atlanta Falcons did some housecleaning this afternoon, announcing the release of five players ahead of the second day of the 2015 NFL Draft. The team announced that safety Brandan Bishop, offensive tackle Reid Fragel, cornerback Jordan Mabin, defensive end Jacques Smith and running back Ronnie Wingo were waived. All five players were signed to reserve/futures contracts following the end of the 2014 season, prior to the hiring of head coach Dan Quinn.
The Falcons conducted their first on-field drills this past week, starting their first voluntary mini-camp on Monday. Given that Quinn was hired after the team opted to keep the five aforementioned players, it was likely their performance this past week didn’t pass muster.
Bishop, Fragel, Mabin and Smith all ended the 2014 season on the Falcons practice squad. Bishop and Mabin were added to the practice squad in December prior to the final games, while Fragel was signed in September. Smith was signed at the outset of the season after failing to make the roster as an undrafted free agent. Mabin was also in camp with the Falcons during this past summer, with Bishop and Fragel playing for the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, respectively.
Wingo was also a late-season addition to the practice squad, after spending the summer with the Buffalo Bills. However, Wingo was with the Falcons as an undrafted rookie in the summer of 2013 before getting scooped up by the Bills after the Falcons waived him at the end of camp. Wingo played in two games with the Bills in 2013, rushing for four yards on a single carry and having two yards on a single reception.