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Final 53-man Roster Prediction

Well, here is the prediction for who will make the Final 53 as teams have until Saturday afternoon to make those decisions. Only one player from my previously mentioned locks won’t make the team, due to the Falcons roster moves earlier this week.

QUARTERBACKS
Matt Ryan
Chris Redman

Wilson’s poor performance vs. the Ravens I think might have gotten him cut, especially given the injury issues the Falcons have on their lines.

RUNNING BACKS
Michael Turner
Ovie Mughelli
Jason Snelling
Jacquizz Rodgers

Despite a strong performance last night against the Ravens, I don’t see either Antone Smith making the roster, but he remains eligible for the practice squad. Injuries on both lines I think will prevent the Falcons from carrying a fifth running back in Week 1. But once those units get healthy, do not be surprised if you see them pick up someone later in September.

WIDE RECEIVERS
Roddy White
Julio Jones
Harry Douglas
Kerry Meier
Eric Weems

Brandyn Harvey showed enough to potentially make the roster, but the Falcons don’t appear able to afford a sixth receiver when they have other injury issues elsewhere.

TIGHT ENDS
Tony Gonzalez
Michael Palmer
Reggie Kelly

No surprises here.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Sam Baker
Justin Blalock
Todd McClure
Garrett Reynolds
Tyson Clabo
Mike Johnson
Joe Hawley
Will Svitek
Brett Romberg
Andrew Jackson

Unfortunately, I think the addition of Romberg will push Jose Valdez off the roster. With Andrew Jackson getting work as a reserve right tackle and Svitek being able to play both spots, the Falcons can potentially afford to part ways with Valdez.

DEFENSIVE LINE
John Abraham
Corey Peters
Jonathan Babineaux
Ray Edwards
Kroy Biermann
Chauncey Davis
Cliff Matthews
Peria Jerry
Vance Walker
Trey Lewis*

* I don’t think Lewis will make the team, I’m just using him more as a placeholder for a defensive tackle to be named later. I think the Falcons will scour the waiver wire to pick up a fifth defensive tackle to carry in Week 1. I’m not confident that Corey Peters will be healthy for that game, thus why the Falcons need to bring another body in. I also don’t think Lawrence Sidbury is going to make it.

LINEBACKERS
Sean Weatherspoon
Curtis Lofton
Stephen Nicholas
Mike Peterson
Coy Wire
Akeem Dent
Spencer Adkins

Due to the injuries up front, I think the Falcons may only keep six linebackers ready for Week 1. With Weatherspoon, Peterson, and Wire able to play multiple positions, there is really no need to keep more. But I think they will keep a seventh at least for the first week of the season.

CORNERBACKS
Brent Grimes
Dunta Robinson
Kelvin Hayden
Dominique Franks
Chris Owens

Owens and Franks will remain because of their special teams prowess.

SAFETIES
William Moore
Thomas DeCoud
James Sanders
Shann Schillinger

Sanders will push Bush off the roster.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Matt Bryant
Matt Bosher
Joe Zelenka

No surprises here.

PRACTICE SQUAD
QB John Parker Wilson
RB Antone Smith
WR Brandyn Harvey
DT Kiante Tripp
DE Emmanuel Stephens
LB Bear Woods
CB Darrin Walls
S Rafael Bush

As usual, the Falcons will probably look to add 1 or 2 players from other teams that caught their eye during the summer.

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Author: Aaron Freeman

Aaron is the founder of FalcFans.com.

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