The deadline for cuts down to a 53-man roster is Saturday, so it seems like a good time to take another stab at a final roster.
I decided to draw up my depth chart before looking at Aaron Freeman’s at FalcFans, who is a pretty potent prognosticator. Our final rosters were still pretty similar, as you’ll see, but with a couple of big exceptions.
First, I cut John Parker Wilson. He was such a train wreck in that game that ultimately I couldn’t bring myself the Falcons keeping him around. Instead, I put another developmental quarterback on the practice squad. If things got dire in a real game situation, maybe Kerry Meier throws a few passes.
Second, I cut Rafael Bush, and didn’t put him on the practice squad. This wasn’t an easy decision, because Bush clearly has some talent. Ultimately, though, Kamaal McIlwain and Darren Walls are more intriguing players, I think the Falcons will keep Chris Owens around and the safety depth chart is set. Someone had to go, and it ended up being Bush.
Also, I wound up keeping Antone Smith as a fourth running back, cutting Trey Lewis and rolling with Spencer Adkins as a seventh linebacker. Chauncey Davis gets the axe due to his salary and the fact that both Lawrence Sidbury and Cliff Matthews are young and have potential. Brett Romberg is around until Todd McClure is healthy, and then I think he’ll be cut in favor of somebody else.
Without further ado, check out my list and share yours.
Andrew Jackson (Also OG)
QB Adam Froman
WR Brandyn Harvey
TE Marquez Branson
OG Jose Valdez
DE Emmanuel Stephens
LB Bear Woods
CB Darrin Walls
CB Kamaal McIlwain