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Who is on the Falcons roster bubble after free agency?

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A handful of players who saw their fortunes change with the new free agent additions.

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Free agency and the team's reported targets in the draft give us a decent idea of what kind of shape the team is going to be in come May and June, though we obviously don't know the particular players and UDFAs who will be coming in April. There's enough here, in fact, to make some predictions about who might be on the bubble this summer.

Let us do so.

Malliciah Goodman

Goodman's position is tenuous because of Derrick Shelby and Adrian Clayborn. Right now he seems likely to make the roster simply due to numbers—the Falcons have just four dedicated defensive ends on the roster, and Vic Beasley will reportedly move to linebacker at times—and because he's still a useful player as a run stopper. With Courtney Upshaw potentially kicking to end at times and Tyson Jackson (who is still around, I'll remind you!) able to do the same, Goodman is firmly on the bubble, however.

I'm hopeful he'll make it as a certified Goodman fan, but he's going to have to show improvement after spending a large chunk of last year on the inactives list.

Charles Godfrey

This is true of Robenson Therezie, as well, but the team seems to like Therezie quite a bit. Ricardo Allen is the obvious starter at free safety, Kemal Ishmael is a hugely valuable reserve and special teamer, and the Falcons have been sniffing around draft-eligible safeties like Florida's Keanu Neal, so Godfrey may once again bounce off the roster in 2016.

Godfrey's chief attribute at this point is that he's a solid enough veteran who can play some special teams, and we'll have to see how much the team values that. He'll be helped significantly if the Falcons don't land a safety in the draft.

Mike Person

On paper, this one doesn't make much sense, because the Falcons don't have a ton of inspiring options at guard. Right now, it looks like Person will be competing with the likes of James Stone, (perhaps) Tom Compton, Adam Replogle, and Ben Garland to start at right guard, and Person's blocking in 2016 was arguably better than any of them, while his snapping at center was obviously disastrous.

The team has been linked to other guards, however, including rookie Joe Dahl and veteran Ted Larsen, who signed with the Bears. Given that Garland, Stone, and Replogle are all younger and cheaper than Person, and that Compton has ties to Kyle Shanahan, it wouldn't be shocking to see Person go. Weird to write that about a guy I legitimately thought would be the starter by default two weeks ago, but here we are.

Nick Williams

Williams has less special teams value than Devin Hester (who may be getting cut himself) and Eric Weems, he won't be among the top three receivers, and Aldrick Robinson could potentially nudge him off the roster if he shows up to camp and makes a big impression. Williams earned Matt Ryan's trust a year ago and defied my prediction that he'd be cut all year long, which is impressive, but he'll have a tougher road to a roster spot with Mohamed Sanu and Robinson on board.

Who do you have on the bubble?