The Atlanta Falcons now have a 52 man roster, one player shy of the league limit. The roster will likely remain in flux until the regular season kicks off, as Dan Quinn and company look to add to their depth and field the best possible team. It took the Falcons until the 4 PM deadline to finalize their cuts, a process that included several hard, unexpected decisions. So what are the post-cut/release implications? Let's break them down.
The Falcons may think Sean Renfree is their guy
Renfree beat out two veteran quarterbacks in TJ Yates and Rex Grossman this preseason. Whether the Falcons seek out another quarterback in the days ahead remains to be seen. But back when Grossman was signed, we were sure he'd be Ryan's back up. Then, one lackluster preseason performance later, Renfree is the last man standing. He played a heck of a game against the Ravens, throwing one very memorable touchdown pass to Carlton Mitchell while getting absolutely leveled by an angry defender. He may have done just enough to persuade Kyle Shanahan and Quinn that he can capably hold a clipboard.
Levine Toilolo is going to have a role
Like it or not, they like him. The Falcons parted ways with veteran tight end Tony Moeaki, opting to let Toilolo back up Jacob Tamme. Even if he hasn't lived up to his reported potential, the Falcons still think he can be an asset, both as a pass blocker and red zone receiver.
The Falcons will need to continue to explore offensive line depth
The Falcons currently have 52 men on their roster, 8 of them offensive lineman. Normally they carry 9 offensive lineman, and that 53rd spot is probably going to another big heavy. But there's also speculation that the Falcons will add Robenson Therezie, their 5th safety, to the practice squad. (They can't add him now without an injury settlement.) If that happens, the Falcons may actually add two additional offensive lineman before the season begins. Without a doubt, depth is a concern. Look for the Falcons to try to remedy that as best as they can.
The Falcons are pretty confident in Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford
Either that or they're pretending like they are. UDFA Kevin White seemed destined for a roster spot. Instead, the Falcons are rolling the dice and allowing Dezmen Southward to navigate his learning curve. Meanwhile, Jalen Collins continues to adjust to the professional game. Phillip Adams will play adequate football, but the team is putting a lot on Trufant and Alford. Their shoulders must be real heavy.