We just learned what moves the Falcons made to make room for new punter Matt Wile, and I’m guessing most of you are going to dislike one of those moves.
To get Wile added to the practice squad, as well as new offensive lineman Nate Wozniak, the Falcons cut ties with Austin Larkin and Carson Meier. Yes, the Austin Larkin who had a stellar preseason and pushed for a roster spot. You may swear softly under your breath.
We have signed OL Nate Wozniak and P Matt Wile to our practice squad and have released Austin Larkin and Carson Meier. https://t.co/Uz2CxBJE3y— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) September 17, 2019
It’s frustrating to see the Falcons cut ties with Larkin, but he could be back at some point. The team is very content with their current defensive line rotation, making it unlikely that he would be up unless there was an injury. It’s still frustrating to lose a player who showed a willingness and ability to play well at both defensive end and on special teams, so we’ll hope this is temporary.
Meier was a former Jaguar who was helping keep that Jacksonville-to-Atlanta pipeline open. Luke Stocker has scuffled to this point, but with Austin Hooper, Stocker, and promising young tight end Jaeden Graham, that position also seems set at the moment.
Wile, of course, could wind up on the roster if Bosher can’t go Sunday. For the moment, he’s a 1-2 week insurance policy on the practice squad, but that will change as Matt Bosher’s status changes.
Wozniak is a big fella. A former college tight end at Minnesota, he converted to tackle after joining the Saints as an undrafted free agent last year, and got a cup of coffee at the position with the Vikings over the summer. He’s unlikely to crack the roster at any point in the near future—if ever—but a good athlete who stands nearly 6’10” and 300 pounds is probably worth a quick cup of coffee, especially with the Falcons’ offensive line facing injuries and injury scares on a seemingly weekly basis.