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Falcons cut C.J. Goodwin, re-sign Deji Olatoye as they shake up cornerback

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Two cornerbacks who had prominent roles at the end of the 2016 season are switching places.

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The Falcons made their displeasure with C.J. Goodwin known over the last couple of weeks. Goodwin had been a major part of the special teams unit, but got very few defensive snaps, and struggled with the ones he did get. It all came to a head against the Vikings, when Goodwin only got two snaps, made major mistakes on both of them, and found himself inactive last week against the Saints in favor of Blidi Wreh-Wilson.

Now Goodwin, a promising converted wide receiver who had some good snaps for the Falcons during last year’s stretch run and in the playoffs, has been cut. He’ll be replaced by Deji Olatoye, who also had a role for the Falcons late last year with Desmond Trufant, and spent time this year with the Buccaneers.

My guess is that Olatoye won’t be walking into any kind of a significant role, but you could probably guess that by the way Marquand Manuel has used this team’s fifth cornerback this year. Blidi Wreh-Wilson had a legitimately impressive game against the Vikings and there still are barely any snaps available for him, which means Olatoye will either be inactive or confined to special teams initially. The 26-year-old does offer some size and physicality at the position, however, and he could be an option down the line if the Falcons suffer injuries and/or he gets up to speed quickly. It also helps that he spent some time with the Bucs earlier in the season, and could conceivably provide some intel on a secondary the Falcons burnt to a crisp once already this year.

We wish C.J. Goodwin well, too. He was one of last year’s coolest stories and should find a new home before the end of the year, but he simply couldn’t do enough with his limited snaps in 2017 to stick around.

Welcome aboard (again), Deji Olatoye!