The Falcons are in the midst of evaluating future talent to add on draft weekend, but that doesn’t mean they’re not focusing on the guys they have now.
They’ve made a small roster move that takes away from their current edge group.
The team has waived defensive end Martin Ifedi.— Falcons Comm Dept. (@FalconsComm) April 10, 2018
Martin Ifedi never made the 53-man roster for the team, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Per his Wiki, He’s been with the Falcons on-and-off since 2016, when he joined the practice squad that December to close that magical ‘16 season. He was then waived that following April after the draft, but was brought back in June 2017. He was then waived/injured before the start of the ‘17 season, but reverted to the team’s IR.
While he never played for the Falcons in an official capacity, Ifedi’s departure does leave the team thin for defensive end depth (they already kind of were before his waiving).
Guys like Vic Beasley, Takkarist McKinley, Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby will get the majority of the snaps, and second year DE J.T. Jones could finally get a chance to prove his skills on the 53-man roster. He’s really the only guy outside of those four who is a pure DE on the team right now. Jack Crawford has played edge in the past, but he’s put on some bulk to play defensive tackle full time. As we all know, that’s not exactly a group you want to take away from, either.
We’re going to see a few new DEs join the roster here in a couple of weeks, so consider this dearth of edge depth something that the draft/UDFA class will replenish soon. Until then, we wish Ifedi well, and hope he latches on elsewhere to continue his career.