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Final Atlanta Falcons 53 Man Roster Projection

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One last time, after the final preseason game.

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It's time for that most august project, the 53 man roster, for the final time this offseason. The team just wrapped up its last game against the Jaguars a little after 9 p.m. last night, and now the coaching staff and front office will review the roster and purge the team's most unproductive elements.

It's a rough time of year for players being cut, but ultimately we hope for the strongest possible 53 man roster, one that gives the Falcons a terrific offense, a fairly strong defense and a quality special teams unit that allows for a major rebound from the dismal 2013 season.

This team's strengths are obviously at QB, WR, CB, and potentially special teams. The glaring weaknesses are at TE, LB and, in a more general sense, the pass rush. Whether the team can overcome those through judicious post-cuts signings or growth from what they have on the roster remains to be seen, but I'm bullish on this team being competitive at a minimum with this roster.

One final note: Aside from shuffling the OLB portion of the roster, this has not changed at all since a week ago. I truly believe nobody played themselves off the roster who wouldn't have already been off, and I don't anticipate too many major surprises with these cuts. Let us know if you disagree.

Final Falcons 53 Man Projection

QB Matt Ryan
QB T.J. Yates

RB Steven Jackson
RB Jacquizz Rodgers
RB Devonta Freeman
RB Antone Smith

FB Patrick DiMarco

WR Julio Jones
WR Roddy White
WR Harry Douglas
WR Devin Hester
WR Bernard Reedy
WR Eric Weems

TE Levine Toilolo
TE Bear Pascoe

LT Jake Matthews
LG Justin Blalock
C Joe Hawley
RG Jon Asamoah
RT Lamar Holmes
C Peter Konz
T Gabe Carimi
T Ryan Schraeder
G/C Harland Gunn

DE Jonathan Babineaux
DE Tyson Jackson
DE Corey Peters
DE Malliciah Goodman
DE Ra'Shede Hageman

NT Paul Soliai
NT Travian Robertson

OLB Jonathan Massaquoi
OLB Kroy Biermann
OLB Stansly Maponga
OLB Osi Umenyiora
OLB Jacques Smith

ILB Paul Worrilow
ILB Prince Shembo
ILB Joplo Bartu
ILB Pat Angerer

CB Desmond Trufant
CB Robert Alford
CB Robert McClain
CB Ricardo Allen
CB Javier Arenas
CB Josh Wilson

FS Dwight Lowery
FS Dezmen Southward
SS William Moore
SS Kemal Ishmael

K Matt Bryant
P Matt Bosher
LS Josh Harris

Practice Squad

C James Stone
T Terren Jones
LB Tyler Starr
LB Yawin Smallwood
CB Jordan Mabin
WR Geraldo Boldewijn
S Kimario McFadden
QB Sean Renfree
S Sean Baker
TE Mickey Shuler