Austin Larkin got a lot of positive attention from the coaching staff during training camp and the preseason. He was cut when the Falcons settled on their initial 53-man roster. But his versatility and impressive motor got him a spot on the practice squad.
Unfortunately Larkin was the victim of injuries on the 53-man roster. You see, practice squads aren’t always filled out with the best available players. Sometimes it’s not about developing players; instead, it’s about making sure your team has as much depth as possible at the positions where they most need it.
Larkin and TE Carson Meier were cut early last week to make room for punter Matt Wile and offensive lineman Nate Wozniak. Speaking of Wozniak, the Falcons cut him yesterday so they could re-sign Larkin.
If I had to guess, given the injuries to Grady Jarrett and Takk McKinley last weekend, the Falcons are a little nervous about their defensive line depth. They may also be worried about another team signing Larkin to their practice squad. In any case, it’s good to have Larkin back at Flowery Branch, however short his departure proved to be.
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