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Falcons roster cuts: 5 things we learned and 5 things we expect

The Falcons roster is slimmer. Svelte. Looking pretty good but it really needs to lose a few more LBs.

What sport is Matt Simms playing?
What sport is Matt Simms playing?
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What did we learn from the earlier cuts? I give you five things because, well, I ran out of interesting things after five.

  1. You can't mess with Money Matt Bryant. Many have tried, and both that tried this year got canned.
  2. The Malliciah Goodman era is over. Goodman was one of the few remaining of the tire fire 2013 NFL draft. He looked fine in preseason but the team has too many other similar players.
  3. Bryce Harris is pretty bad at football. I hope Tom Compton is better but I really hope we won't find out this season.
  4. Nordly Capi must have parked in Thomas Dimitroff's parking space. Capi was such a surprise during the preseason that I'm shocked he was cut. He should make his way to the practice squad.
  5. Too little, too late for Damian Parms. He had a shot to stick after Keanu Neal's injury but didn't do enough. He could push to the practice squad, too.

Time for some wild guesses about who else we expect gone. As previously noted, Brandon Wilds and Will Ratelle are expected to end up on injured reserve, and Tyler Starr has been informed that he's cut.

  1. Judgment day is coming for some tight ends. The Falcons still have five ends on the roster with only Austin Hooper and Jacob Tamme as locks. On that note, Hooper won't buck the rookie curve and will be useless this year. Falcons may be required to keep four guys.
  2. Too many wide receivers. Atlanta has some surprising depth at receiver with J.D. McKissic exploding this preseason. His special teams ability could push out either or both Eric Weems and Nick "Grit" Williams.
  3. Some Person has got to go. Get it? Like Mike Person? I think Person would be a quality guard but the staff seems very cold on him. It is either him, Ben Garland (who should some upside), or Chris Chester (100 years old). One or two need to go.
  4. I bet that corner is settled. The Falcons usually keep five corners but the Jalen Collins suspension should have them holding onto a sixth. Hooray! However, the seven safeties on the roster seems excessive. Sharrod Neasman, Brian Poole, and Dashon Goldson seem like possible cuts.
  5. LaRoy Reynolds may be the odd man out. The Falcons have plenty of linebackers (for once), and Reynolds seems like he has less of a grasp on a roster spot than Philip Wheeler, Sean Weatherspoon, or Paul "Moon Shoes" Worrilow.

Sources never sleep, but they do tend to wake up later. Keep an eye on the tracker where we will post any rumors late into tonight before the second swing of roster cuts come in. Such as Matt Sims who refused to fit into my list of five expectations.