Falcons part ways with 11 players in first roster cuts
So, they are no longer required to carry the load of the entire roster further into preseason or regular season. League rules dictate that around this time of the year NFL teams have to undergo their first roster cuts, which requires the trimming of the 90-man offseason roster to 75 players. The cuts continue until the final roster stands at just 53-players.
Most teams undertook this weekend as a prime opportunity to make the difficult decision about who should advance on from the first round of roster cuts. The Atlanta Falcons were no different as they also parted ways with a few spare parts and camp bodies this weekend. By Sunday Morning, the Falcons’ roster stood at 89 players. But later in the day, the Falcons reduced it to 78 players (with Mike Johnson still on the injured reserve).
“This move from 90 to 75 is difficult, but it’s not nearly as difficult as what takes place when we go down to our 53,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said ahead of the first round of cuts. “I think this is fairly clear what we have to do.”
Like the rest of the 31 NFL teams, the Falcons’ roster too will undergo dramatic changes over the coming week, as they make a series cuts to reach the final roster limit of 53 players by Saturday’s 9 p.m. deadline. The Falcons will open the regular season under the new roster at New Orleans on Sept. 8.
“When we go down to 53, those are some very difficult decisions,” Smith added. “There are a lot of young men who have worked their tails off for us since April that are not going to be on our team when we play on Thursday. It’s always a tough time.”
Some of those players who met an early end to their Falcons career included tight ends Tim Biere and Colin Cloherty, fullback Devonte Campbell, linebacker Nick Clancy, quarterback Seth Doege, defensive ends Cam Henderson and Brandon Thurmond, tackle Jeff Nady, running back Donald Russell, safety Troy Sanders as well as center Matt Smith.
So far, the Falcons have put 11 players on the chopping block, but they need to cut another pair of roster cuts by the 4 p.m. ET deadline by Tuesday.