Falcons parting ways with multiple draft picks from new regime’s tenure

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The Falcons are beginning to trim the roster down to 53 players, and we’ve already seen multiple draft picks released from the new regime’s tenure. Reports surfaced Atlanta has parted ways with 2022 sixth-rounder Justin Shaffer, and he joins 2021 sixth-rounder Frank Darby, who was released earlier this morning.

It’s not surprising and is something I predicted.

To me, a few draft picks are in danger of not making the final 53-man roster. At wide receiver, Darby is competing with Damiere Byrd, Jared Bernhardt, Stanley Berryhill, Cameron Batson, and KeeSean Johnson for what could be one or two roster spots. In reality, it’s likely a three-man battle between Darby, Byrd, and Bernhardt. The Falcons’ sixth-round pick from a year ago has done little in terms of on-field production, but Darby is certainly a firecracker and positive influence in the locker room.

However, Bernhardt has made it nearly impossible for the team to keep him off the roster. He’s shown up in bunches, recording three receptions for 67 yards in the team’s loss to the Jets, and he also hauled in the go-ahead touchdown the week prior against the Lions. Darby’s lack of production could result in a practice squad stint.

If I had to guess, I think Darby is the most in danger of losing his roster spot because finding receivers to play special teams isn’t challenging. And at this point, Bernhardt has shown more promise as a receiver.

Photographer: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire
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