The Falcons made several cuts Friday, and some were at least mildly surprising. Most were not. The team must, per NFL rules, whittle down to the roster to just 53 players by 4 p.m. today, so there are definitely 14 more cuts coming throught the day. We'll keep a running list in this post, so check back often for updates.
On Friday, the Falcons parted ways with both T.J. Yates and Rex Grossman. The latter was mildly surprising after the team signed Grossman barely one week ago. Tackle Jake Rodgers, a seventh-round draft pick in 2015, was cut, but I still expect the team to stash him on the practice squad. Cornerback Kevin White, an undrafted free agent out of TCU, was the other surprise, particularly after he got some first team reps this offseason.
A complete list of cuts to date is included below. More cuts are coming down today and we will update this list accordingly, so check back often for updates and share your thoughts in the comments.
2015 Falcons Roster Cuts
QB T.J. Yates
QB Rex Grossman
S Sean Baker
LB Terrell Manning
T Jake Rodgers
G Jared Smith
CB Kevin White
DE Cliff Matthews
RB Antone Smith
RB Jerome Smith
LB Derek Akunne
LB/DE Tyler Starr
OL Pierce Burton
CB Akeem King
OL Eric Lefeld
LB Stansly Maponga
NT Joey Mbu
WR Carlton Mitchell
TE Tony Moeaki
OL Adam Replogle
TE D.J. Tialavea
The team also placed Jonathan Asamoah, CB Travis Howard and fullback Collin Mooney on injured reserve.
NFL league source tells me #Falcons release RB Antone Smith - team needs to get down to 53 man roster by 4 p.m. today— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 5, 2015
#Falcons working on injury settlement w/RB Antone Smith. If nothing agreed, he'll be placed on IR. Bottom line,he's done playing for Falcons— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 5, 2015
Per league source: #Falcons and RB Antone Smith have worked out the injury settlement. He gone— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 5, 2015
Falcons RB Jerome Smith is expected to be waived today, per source.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 5, 2015
Falcons also expected to cut undrafted rookie LB Derek Akunne, according to source. Prime candidate for practice squad.— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 5, 2015
The Falcons are releasing former seventh round pick Tyler Starr, source tells me. http://t.co/CtVfYXMr1F— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) September 5, 2015
#Falcons releasing OL Pierce Burton, per league source. Practice squad candidate. You might've seen video of him dunking a basketball.— Justin Felder (@Justin_FOX5) September 5, 2015
Today's full list of cuts: http://t.co/x60rzkLb5b— Jay Adams (@FalconsJAdams) September 5, 2015
Who else do you expect to be let go today?