When the Atlanta Falcons finish up their final preseason game against the Jaguars, the team will immediately turn their attention to whittling down their current 90 man roster to a final 53. It will be easier this year than most years—the Falcons probably have 46-49 of their spots decided at this point—but there will still be some tough calls.
They’ll need to make all those decisions in a tight timeframe. Roster cuts must be made in full by 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, which means the Falcons have 37 (or 36, if they don’t add anyone to their current 89 man roster) decisions to make between Thursday night and then. That’s less than 48 hours.
Starting at noon on Sunday, September 2, the Falcons will be able to assemble their ten man practice squad. As has been the case in years past, the team will likely elect to bring back six-to-eight of their own players and scour the waiver wire for worthy additions to fill out the rest. I’m not saying you should clear your weekend, but if you’re really interested in knowing the final roster and practice squad as they’re assembled, you’re probably going to want to clear your weekend.
For now, share your predictions for the final roster and any major surprises ahead for us.