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NFL roster cuts 2017: The schedule and breakdown for the Atlanta Falcons

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Here’s the key dates and times to know as the Falcons move toward roster cuts.

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The Falcons finish up preseason this Thursday night, and then they’ll have less than 48 hours to cut 37 players from their roster. After that, they’ll need to determine their ten man practice squad in relatively short order, which means an offseason of evaluation is going to prove to be invaluable soon.

For those who want to keep up with the cuts as they happen, you can of course follow The Falcoholic for live updates. You’ll also want the schedule so you can clear it of pesky obligations like friends, family, and home ownership and focus on what matters. Here’s what you need to know.

Saturday, September 2nd

The Falcons will have to cut down to 53 men by 4 p.m. EST on this day. Knowing the Falcons as we do, they’ll likely make their move well before then, possibly as early as Friday afternoon. We’ll have our 53 man roster projection soon—and again after the Jaguars game—so you can see what we’re thinking, but chances are good the Falcons already have a clear picture of what they want to do.

The Falcons will also be able to put players on PUP after this game, which is a distinct possibility for guys like Brian Hill and LaRoy Reynolds.

Sunday, September 3

If the Falcons want to claim other players placed on waivers—and I’d be stunned if they didn’t look at anybody—they’ll have to do so by noon EST. I imagine the Falcons will look hard at cornerback, reserve offensive linemen, and perhaps even wide receiver.

Once everything’s cleared out at 1 p.m. EST, the Falcons can announce their 10 man practice squad, plus Alex Gray, who functions as an 11th member for the 2017 season. We’ll also have practice squad projections coming up for you.


Give us your roster projections, if you will, and remember that we’ll have a final Falcons roster to gaze at in all its glory very soon.