Shann Schillinger was one of the Falcons I fully expected to get the axe this off-season, given that the Falcons drafted two intriguing young safety prospects in Kemal Ishmael and Zeke Motta. That axe didn't come until seven weeks into the season.
This is a surprise at this point in the season. The Falcons held on to Schillinger, a sixth-round pick who has been with the team since 2010 and has mostly played on special teams, through seven weeks of the season despite a healthy crop of five safeties on the team.
As to why this move is happening now, I can only guess. The Falcons almost certainly have a move in the works here, whether it be a practice squad promotion or a signing, but they must have been comfortable enough with Call Me and Motta to make Schillinger the casualty. Stay tuned for a follow-up here.
We wish you well, Shann.