The Falcons are heading into the preseason finale against the Steelers on Thursday. It’s the final exhibition before teams are required to get down to their final 53-man rosters on August 29th. The state of Atlanta has changed dramatically. It’s my third Falcons roster projection; below are the first two.
In my first roster projection, this was the group I had, even before the injury news of Feleipe Franks. Who knows whether or not the former collegiate quarterback would’ve made the roster had he been healthy? For now, the group is unchanged.
Drake London, Mack Hollins, and Scotty Miller are all locks. The others are fighting for roster spots via special teams, and the change here from the prior two is the number of receivers. I initially included Frank Darby but an injury settlement has ended his time in Atlanta.
Now, I’m getting rid of Penny Hart and just keeping five receivers because why not? Ali continues to make plays this preseason, and we will see what each of these candidates brings in the final preseason game ahead of my final Falcons roster projection.
This one is a mess. The Falcons have real problems to figure out here. They need a swing tackle and a swing interior lineman. I went with Josh Miles, Kyle Hinton, and Ryan Neuzil.
Initially, those positions would’ve gone to Matt Hennessy and Ethan Greenidge, but both are on the injured reserve. I expect the last couple of roster spots here to be occupied by players that are currently on other rosters but will be cut by August 29th.
For now, I have only named eight offensive lineman, but it will be nine going into Week 1. Someone has to be added to this group from the outside.
The first edition had six cornerbacks with Cornell Armstrong left off, but if the Falcons only keep five receivers, I’ll go with another corner, given the injuries at the position to Mike Hughes and Jeff Okudah.