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Falcons roster cuts 2016: Tracker, key dates, and final 53 man roster projection

Atlanta’s got to trim their roster down one final time, parting ways with a total of 22 players. They could do so as soon as today.

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The Falcons roster cuts could roll in at any time before the Saturday deadline, and this is where you’ll see them come through first, if we have anything to say about it. Keep your browser glued to our tracker.

Dan Quinn did say last night following the game that the cuts would likely come in waves, so you’ll probably see one today today and one tomorrow. The team has difficult decisions to make at cornerback, where depth is limited and Jalen Collins is going to miss four games, and at wide receiver, where Nick Williams, Eric Weems, and J.D. McKissic are battling for (at most) two spots. There’s intrigue elsewhere on the roster, as always, but those are the positions we’ll be watching most closely.

5:35 p.m.—Backup fullback Will Ratelle may end up on injured reserve, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.

4:59 p.m. — Here’s the official list of eleven cuts from the Falcons, which doesn’t include Starr.

4:40 p.m. — Noooo Tyler Starr gone :-(

Also Corey Washington.

3:18 p.m. — Safety Damian Parms, who was competing at safety, has been cut, per D. Orlando Ledbetter.

3:05 p.m. — Shayne Graham has been cut.

1:59 p.m. Rand Getlin reports that Malliciah Goodman will be one of the cuts, as expected.

What are the key dates?

Here’s the nuts and bolts:

September 3: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List.

September 3: Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non-Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.

September 4: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.

September 4: Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a Practice Squad of 10 players. No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a Practice Player Contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.

Use our Twitter feed below to keep track of the cuts as they roll in. We’ll have plenty of coverage once the team drops the axe.

Below, you’ll find my final 53 man roster projection. We’ll have a roundtable later today or tomorrow morning that includes the rest of the staff’s, and you’ll be able to see how closer (or much closer) they got.

Changed names are bolded, by the way.

Falcons 53 Man Roster Projection

QB Matt Ryan

QB Matt Schaub

RB Devonta Freeman

RB Tevin Coleman

RB Terron Ward

FB Patrick DiMarco

WR Julio Jones

WR Mohamed Sanu

WR Justin Hardy

WR Aldrick Robinson

WR Eric Weems

TE Jacob Tamme

TE Austin Hooper

TE DJ Tialavea

LT Jake Matthews

RT Ryan Schraeder

T/G Tom Compton

T Bryce Harris

LG Andy Levitre

RG Chris Chester

G Wes Schweitzer

C Alex Mack

C/G Ben Garland

DE/LB Vic Beasley

DE/DT Derrick Shelby

DE/DT Ra’Shede Hageman

DE/LB Dwight Freeney

DE Adrian Clayborn

DE Courtney Upshaw

DT Grady Jarrett

DT Jonathan Babineaux

DT Tyson Jackson

DT Joey Mbu

OLB Brooks Reed

OLB Philip Wheeler

LB De’Vondre Campbell

LB Sean Weatherspoon

MLB Deion Jones

MLB Paul Worrilow

MLB LaRoy Reynolds

CB Desmond Trufant

CB Robert Alford

CB Jalen Collins (suspended)

CB Akeem King

CB Brian Poole

CB C.J. Goodwin

FS Ricardo Allen

SS Keanu Neal (injured)

S Dashon Goldson

S Robenson Therezie

S Kemal Ishmael

K Matt Bryant

P Matt Bosher

LS Josh Harris


S Sharrod Neasman

QB Matt Simms

RB Brandon Wilds

CB Devonte Johnson

DE Nordly Capi

WR/KR J.D. McKissic

TE Josh Perkins

LB Tyler Starr

G Laurence Gibson

CB/WR Corey Washington