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Atlanta Falcons roster cuts following 2021 training camp

NFL teams are cutting down to the 53-player maximum. We’ll break down the moves as the Atlanta Falcons sort out their roster decisions.

Can Rookie Kyle Pitts break the TE Receiving Yards record?

Expectations are relatively low for the Atlanta Falcons heading into the 2021 season under first-year head coach Arthur Smith. They opted against going for a quarterback of the future during this spring’s draft, so Matt Ryan will head into his 14th season as the starting quarterback.

The Falcons have one of the weakest running back rooms in the NFL, but they added Mike Davis, who played well in relief of Christian McCaffrey with the Carolina Panthers last season. He will be the No. 1 back with Qadree Ollison likely to be the backup option and D’Onta Foreman also in the mix.

With Julio Jones no longer on the roster, Calvin Ridley should continue to prove to be one of the elite receivers in the NFL along with Russell Gage a the No. 2 wide receiver and Olamide Zaccheaus as the third option. The decisions needed to be made at who will provide depth at the wide receiver position between Christian Blake, Tajae Sharpe, Chris Rowland and Frank Darby.

Rookie tight end Kyle Pitts could be the story of this team, and the sky appears to be the limit with him in a talented position group that also features Hayden Hurst.

Falcons ​53-man roster following roster cuts

Position First Second Third Fourth
Position First Second Third Fourth
WR Calvin Ridley Christian Blake
TE Hayden Hurst Kyle Pitts
LT Jake Matthews Jason Spriggs
LG Josh Andrews
C Matt Hennessy Drew Dalman
RG Chris Lindstrom
RT Kaleb McGary Jalen Mayfield
TE Kyle Pitts Hayden Hurst Lee Smith
WR Russell Gage Olamide Zaccheaus Tajae Sharpe Frank Darby
RB Mike Davis Cordarrelle Patterson Keith Smith Qadree Ollison
QB Matt Ryan Josh Rosen Feleipe Franks
DL Grady Jarrett Marlon Davidson Ta'Quon Graham
DL Tyeler Davison
DL Jonathan Bullard John Cominsky
OLB Jacob Tuioti-Mariner Brandon Copeland Adetokunbo Ogundeji
LB Deion Jones Mykal Walker Dorian Etheridge
LB Foyesade Oluokun
OLB Dante Fowler Jr. Steven Means
CB A.J. Terrell Kendall Sheffield
S Erik Harris T.J. Green Richie Grant
S Duron Harmon Jaylinn Hawkins
CB Fabian Moreau Isaiah Oliver Darren Hall Avery Williams
K Younghoe Koo
P Cameron Nizialek
LS Josh Harris

*Player who was waived with an injury designation and has reverted back to the team’s injured reserve list

Falcons ​​​roster cuts

  • RB D’Onta Foreman
  • RB Javian Hawkins
  • RB Caleb Huntley
  • WR Jeff Badet
  • WR Trevor Davis
  • WR Juwan Green
  • WR J’Mon Moore
  • WR Antonio Nunn
  • WR Chris Rowland
  • WR Austin Trammell
  • TE John Raine
  • TE David Wells
  • OL Willie Beavers
  • OL Bryce Hargrove
  • OL Sam Jones
  • OL Ryan Neuzil
  • OL Joe Sculthorpe
  • OL Kion Smith
  • OL William Sweet
  • OL Willie Wright
  • DL Eli Ankou
  • DL John Atkins
  • DL Zac Dawe
  • DL Olive Sagapolu
  • DL Chris Slayton
  • LB Emmanuel Ellerbee
  • LB George Obinna
  • LB Tuzar Skipper
  • LB Erroll Thompson
  • OLB Kobe Jones
  • OLB Shareef Miller
  • CB Delrick Abrams
  • CB Marcus Murphy
  • CB Chris Williamson
  • S Dwayne Johnson
  • S JR Pace
  • P Sterling Hofrichter
  • P Dom Maggio