After a purge of releases yesterday, who are some guys the Falcons may target in the hours and days ahead? Here are some candidates if the Falcons are looking to shake up their roster a bit before Week 1.
FB Aaron Ripkowski
Ripkowski was released from the Green Bay Packers yesterday, and DQ may be intrigued. Ripkowski was the 6th-highest rated fullback on PFF last year and the Falcons were interested in him in the draft process in 2015. Aaron has more experience than current starter Ricky Ortiz, and may be a stronger blocker.
DE Kony Ealy
DQ and his front office love rotational edge rushers. Yesterday, the Cowboys released Ealy. Ealy impressed at times in 2017 and the Falcons were interested in him in 2014. Ealy could provide support on the trenches. He was graded at a decent 65.4 on PFF last year, and would probably be no better than the fifth defensive end in Atlanta.
DE Cap Capi
A Falcon in 2016 may make his return. Capi led all defensive ends in this year’s preseason in sacks and should draw interest from Dan Quinn. Capi has only improved from his 2016, when he was around this Atlanta team. If the Falcons aren’t interested in Ealy, Capi would be an interesting choice for that fifth defensive end spot.
CB KeiVarae Russell
Russell looked good this preseason in Cincinnati. He has ten inch hands and is athletic. According to PFF, Russell’s coverage skills are high quality, and this team loves to develop young defensive backs. If he is signed, he’d likely be limited to the team’s third unit.
Whether DQ picks one of these guys up or not, I expect him to claim a couple players who can contribute to the team. The Falcons have an open roster spot and three undrafted free agents at the bottom of the roster, so it would be surprising if they didn’t shake things up a little bit.
So, Falcons fans, who do you think the Falcons should target?