Under-the-radar Falcons who could make final roster

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The Falcons, like every NFL organization, will have to trim their roster to 53 players by Tuesday afternoon, which means hundreds of men will have their dreams ripped from their hands, so remember to be mindful that these are human beings. Atlanta will have several difficult decisions to make between players at the bottom of the roster, and many of them are under-the-radar players who could end up making the final 53-man roster.

WR Jared Bernhardt: A personal favorite of mine. He’s consistently shown up for the Falcons. He recorded three receptions for 67 yards in the team’s loss to the Jets but also hauled in the go-ahead touchdown the week prior against the Lions. Bernhardt is making plays with Ridder under center, which bodes well for his future in Atlanta. At the very least, the Falcons must keep a guy like that on the practice squad.

WR KhaDarel Hodge: He totaled 13 receptions for 157 yards during last season with the Lions, and I doubt those numbers improve at all in Atlanta, but he’s making a strong case to make the active roster. Hodge likely battles Bernhardt for one of the final spots on the roster.

CB Dee Alford: Again, another personal favorite of mine, who I believe will make the final 53-man roster. Isaiah Oliver is still probably the starting nickel corner this season, but Alford continues to make plays. He recorded an interception against the Lions, and against the Jets, Alford had impressive open field tackles and pass breakups. His stock is rising as fast as Bernhardt’s, in my opinion.

OG Colby Gossett: Gossett just continues to truck along without much acknowledgment. This year, he’ll likely make the final 53-man roster after joining the team last season from waivers. He’s a reserve guard for an offensive line that doesn’t have much depth; I believe his position is solidified.

ILB Nate Landman: Landman is one of Jake’s favorite UDFAs, and rightfully so. The Falcons have to love how he plays — fast, physical, and relentless. He consistently shows up on film, moving sideline to sideline and understanding the scheme as a rookie. It’s impressive; however, making the final 53-man roster could be difficult because the linebacker position is as competitive as any on the team.

DL Derrick Tangelo: Tangelo makes the roster; book it. The Penn State product had a great game in the team’s preseason finale against the Jaguars, but he’s been great throughout camp. At an incredibly thin defensive line position, he’s a lock to make the roster, in my opinion.

Photographer: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire
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