The Atlanta Falcons could cut 37 players (or more) anytime between now and 4 p.m. on Saturday. When they do, we’ll be there to share the news with you and break down what the cuts mean, especially any surprises.
This is always a sad time of year, because these guys aren’t just names and jersey numbers, but players with hopes and dreams and (hopefully) bright futures. The Falcons had a lot of interesting talents this summer who probably won’t hang on to one of the better rosters in the NFL at the moment, but they may join the practice squad or latch on with another team. I wish all of them well, without even knowing who they are.
Reports below, but here’s are all the cuts we’ve seen so far.
RB Malik Williams (Injury settlement)
WR Christian Blake
C/G Jamil Douglas
G Sean Harlow
G Salesi Uhatafe
T Austin Pasztor
DE Anthony Winbush
DE J’Terius Jones
CB Leon McFadden (Injury settlement)
S Ron Parker
Falcons 2018 roster cuts tracker
The Falcons cut down to a 52 man roster
2017 preseason standout J’Terius Jones cut
Jones was one of the most impressive players in camp last season for the Falcons, but he had a much quieter preseason in 2018. He’s got the talent to latch on somewhere, so we’ll see where he lands.
Austin Pasztor, Salesi Uhatafe released
Austin Pasztor is gone, possibly leaving just Ty Sambrailo and Matt Gono on the final roster. Defensive end Anthony Winbush, who had a sack against the Dolphins, is also gone. Guard Salesi Uhatafe, who struggled throughout preseason, also got the axe.
Finally, Leon McFadden reached an injury settlement with the Falcons. The team still has a ton of cornerbacks to sift through before 4 p.m. Saturday.
Jamil Douglas released, Malik Williams headed for an injury settlement?
The Falcons will only be keeping eight or nine linemen, and with Harlow and Jamil Douglas gone, an extra lineman won’t be the guy you expect. Malik Williams, who was impressive last night, may wind up getting an injury settlement, leaving Justin Crawford unchallenged for a practice squad spot or the final spot on the 53 man roster.
Sean Harlow set to be cut
Harlow was the team’s fourth round pick just a year ago, but he’s already apparently out of Atlanta, per D. Orlando Ledbetter at the AJC. There’s still a chance he’ll return to the practice squad.
Team cuts Ron Parker, keep roster at 90
Ron Parker announced on his Twitter account that he’s been cut by the Falcons, leaving Jordan Richards as the team’s fourth safety. Parker wasn’t going to get a lot of playing time on defense and offers less on special teams than Richards, and that plus his poor preseason play appears to have doomed him.
Falcons trade for Jordan Richards
No cuts yet, but the Falcons made a trade for safety Jordan Richards official. They’ll give up a conditional seventh rounder for the former second round pick, who is expected to back up Keanu Neal and play special teams. Richards is not an asset in coverage, and thus will be limited to early down work unless injury strikes.