Falcons Waive Rob Bruggeman, Welcome Back Jonathan Babineaux

I thought keeping Rob Bruggeman on the roster seemed like an odd move.

Now that Jonathan Babineaux is returning from his one game suspension, Bruggeman has been waived by the Falcons. This is a team with quality depth along the offensive line, so it's not like Bruggeman was a necessary piece of the puzzle here, and suspended players don't count against the 53-man, so someone had to go. It does mean that Joe Hawley or Mike Johnson will be active on game days, unlike against the Steelers. Farewell, sweet Bruggeman.

The excellent news here is that we're welcoming back Babineaux. The Falcons turned in a quality effort against the Steelers, mostly limiting the damage from Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman through a strong rotation of tackles up the middle, but Babineaux is still easily their best defensive tackle.

More to the point, he'll help our pass rush right away. Trey Lewis and Corey Peters generated some push on Sunday, but Babs is a threat to lunge into the backfield at all times. Against stone-footed Derek Anderson and the Cardinals' offensive line, that should get him within sniffing distance of a couple of sacks and open things up around the edges for John Abraham and Kroy Biermann.

Thoughts?

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