Falcons make several roster moves including a surprise cut ahead of Week 10

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After upsetting their most hated division rivals, the Falcons are making even more roster moves ahead of their Week 10 matchup against the Cowboys. On Monday, Atlanta signed Anthony Rush to the 53-man roster, released Elliott Fry from the practice squad, activated Caleb Huntley from the practice squad IR, and waived Ryan Becker and Deadrin Senat from the IR.

Now, on Tuesday, the Falcons continue with their flurry of roster moves by releasing Jacob Tuioti-Mariner and Cam Nizialek while they signed Chris Williamson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.

The decision to release JTM is a bit surprising. He’s a fan favorite around Atlanta because of his journey, which began in 2018 on the practice squad. During the 2020 season, he worked his way up and played a somewhat significant role across the defensive front. Primarily used as a hand-in-the-dirt defensive lineman, the new Falcons staff asked him to switch positions to a more traditional standup outside linebacker this season.

Even though he never established himself in the rotation as he did in 2020, JTM made his presence known in limited action — two sacks and two TFLs. He was a healthy scratch a handful of times, but he still saw few snaps when he was active — his snaps on a per-week basis: 25, 11, 12, 8, 7, 10, DNP.

JTM was among a crowded outside linebacker room with Dante Fowler, Steven Means, Brandon Copeland, Ade Ogundeji, and the recently signed James Vaughters. Even though I liked his potential, it would’ve been a lot to give him meaningful snaps over those guys.



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