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Falcons waive Austin Pasztor to make room for Bruce Irvin

We still aren’t entirely sure why Pasztor was signed.

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The Atlanta Falcons made a big move earlier this week when they signed former Dan Quinn protege and pass rusher Bruce Irvin. The stars aligned after the Falcons passed on making a trade before the trade deadline, with Irvin able to play for his hometown with his former coach in Seattle for a team that could desperately use another pass rusher.

It was so many common sense connections that it felt like it would never happen. I guessed the move could push Steven Means off of the roster, but the Falcons made a better move.

Austin Pasztor was signed last season and described by the coaching staff as an OL and even a guard. We assumed he would be in the battle for a starting guard spot, but he was pretty much just stuck behind the tackles.

Pasztor was brought back only two weeks ago after Brandon Fusco’s season-ending injury. The Falcons then said they were working him at tackle. If that didn’t make much sense to you, it finally dawned on the staff, too. Atlanta already has swing tackle Ty Sambrailo, and impressive UDFA Matt Gono as backups. Pasztor’s play this preseason was also pretty ugly, giving him a very, very shaky hold onto his roster spot.