FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - MAY 12: Head coach Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons watches stretching during the rookie minicamp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility on May 12, 2012 in Flowery Branch, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
I try to do things a little differently 'round these parts. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. This year, with the expanded rosters and plethora of undrafted talent we've brought in, I think there will be a player that will be cut that, quite frankly, very few of us expected to be cut. It might be somewhat of a fringe player (think Antone Smith), or it could be someone that would cause absolute glee in the fanbase (think Sam Baker).
Either way, the emergence of a surprise rookie has to cause an opposite effect somewhere along the line. A player with a few fans may be released from the team, causing those fans to wonder whether or not the player could've been worth something to the team had they stayed on the team.
My surprise cut from this year's team is Kerry Meier. That's not a knock on Meier. I think he's a fine player; I'd like to see what he's made of as a receiver, but I feel like this team is evolving. We're not the Falcons of old who leaned on players such as Brian Finneran. If we're really, truly looking to get more explosive, Kerry Meier is going to be replaced with someone like Cody Pearcy or James Rodgers. Anybody that makes the 53 man roster can play special teams, so players like Meier, who was a fringe player in the previous offense, may get replaced. I know he also tore his ACL and was still recovering from that last year, but the NFL is a mean place sometimes, and it certainly can't wait forever.
I hope he makes the team, but I think he'll be one of the last cuts. Who's your surprise cut from the team this year?