No matter how much we may wish the Falcons could keep all the guys in their 90 man roster, they’ll eventually need to trim their roster by 37 men. That’s a tough call every year, and there are borderline candidates every time out.
Here’s five players who are firmly on the bubble, by which I mean they’re in danger of being cut between now and that final cutdown. They are not, however, locks to be gone.
WR Marvin Hall
Just yesterday, I suggested that Marvin Hall was the most impressive wide receiver battling for a spot, thanks to his work on both special teams and as a receiver. It’s also true that he fumbled on a return, and nothing endangers a rookie quite as much as a fumble. Hall could truly go either way and it wouldn’t surprise me, though I’m rooting for him.
T Will Freeman
Freeman’s in a rough spot because DJ Tialavea looked solid in his first game as a tackle, Daniel Brunskill had fine moments, and Andreas Knappe had his moments in his limited snaps. It’s a wide-open competition at the position, but at the moment, Freeman’s the one who probably has the most work to do in order to stick.
DT Joe Vellano
Vellano had a nice game, has the former Patriot pedigree, and is part of a defensive tackle depth chart that isn’t exactly stacked once you get past the starters, so he has a shot to hang on. He’s also 28 years old and the Falcons have a lot of inside-outside players along the defensive line, so Vellano’s firmly on the bubble.
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
On one hand, C.J. Goodwin and Deji Olatoye didn’t stand out Thursday night, Jalen Collins is suspended, and Wreh-Wilson is one of the most veteran players on the entire cornerback depth chart. On the other hand, he’s had a distinctly up-and-down career and couldn’t beat out Goodwin and Olatoye a year ago. Like everyone else on this list, he’s in a situation where he could make the team, but the odds are against them.