This part of the year, right before the regular season, brings a lot of change. The 53-man roster is formed, players are released, players are signed, and at times the unexpected happens. Earlier in the day we learned who would make the team’s practice squad and saw a player claimed by the Falcons. None of this was surprising, but this year’s unexpected cut was soon to follow.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Atlanta Falcons released long snapper Josh Harris, per the league’s transaction wire. On Thursday morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter reported the team had re-signed him. That was fast.
As I said yesterday, the possibility existed that this was just some reshuffling on the roster for cap purposes, and that Harris would be back. Happily, that’s what happened.
Although the #Falcons released veteran LS Josh Harris today, I smell a reshuffle and a return soon.— Evan Birchfield (@EvanBirchfield) September 1, 2021
Fans were reeling last night thinking Harris was gone, and it’s not difficult to figure out why. The super reliable long snapper had been with the team since 2012 and had been one of the league’s most reliable long snappers, playing an underrated position where mistakes are magnified and making very, very few mistakes. It was hard to fathom why the team would want to cut him, but again, it appears to have been a cap-related adjustment that we’ll probably learn more about later.
Welcome back, Josh Harris!