The Falcons will have to cut 14 players a week from today to get their roster limit down to the league-mandated 75-player limit. This Saturday’s game against the Tennessee Titans will be the last opportunity for a few players in their short NFL careers.
Trying to peg which fourteen players will have to turn in their playbooks by next Tuesday is tough to predict. But I’ll try and highlight twenty players at each position group that are most vulnerable.
It should be noted that sometimes teams will try and cut a player at the first cutdown date in the hopes that they sneak through waivers and can be later added to the practice squad. The Falcons haven’t normally done this as I could only find a single instance of this occurring under Thomas Dimitroff. That came a year ago when tight end Chase Coffman was cut early on and wound up on the team’s practice squad. So it’s certainly possible that a player that I haven’t mentioned here gets cut firstly because I’m not omniscient, but secondly because the Falcons might be wanting to sneak someone through waivers in order to scoop them back up come September.
Quarterback – Seth Doege
I think it’s obvious that Doege is on the bubble as he has yet to attempt a pass in the preseason. In past years, the Falcons have given all of the fourth preseason game reps to a single quarterback. Although I think that might change this year with both Dominique Davis and Sean Renfree perhaps needing the extra work.
Running Back – Donald Russell
The Falcons have a glut of young guys that have flashed ability, but I think they’ll be hard-pressed to take all of them into the final preseason week where they face the Jacksonville Jaguars. Typically reserves like Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling have gotten work in that game, but that might change this year if the team wants to get longer looks at Antone Smith, Josh Vaughan, and/or Ronnie Wingo. Of the group, Russell might be the most vulnerable simply because he has shown the least of the group as a runner, although no one should mistake that for meaning Russell hasn’t showed anything.