Unlike in years past, the Falcons have a full roster of competent players, and they’re going to have to make some tough cuts. There are still some guys they could bring in, they have plenty of undrafted free agents, camp invites, XFL guys, cuts, etc. There are a few players — some drafted by this regime — that could be let go. Today, I’m going to focus on the offense; and there are plenty of players on the chopping block. I’m going to profile a few of the less obvious candidates instead of fringe roster guys. Defense is up next.
Logan Woodside will probably be an emergency practice squad guy, so I don’t see anyone out of the current group being let go.
RB Caleb Huntley
I really like Caleb Huntley; he was pretty good for an undrafted free agent, but the reality is the Falcons now have a crowded running back room with Bijan Robinson in the fold, and Huntley is recovering from a torn achilles. Hopefully, he can stick on the practice squad. I still really like his game.
WR Frank Darby
Frank Darby is on the chopping block. He hasn’t produced in a bad Falcons wide receiver room since being drafted in 2021. If someone like Corey Davis is cut and the Falcons scoop him up, Darby’s role is in serious jeopardy.
TE Feleipe Franks
TE John FitzPatrick
It is well past time for the Feleipe Franks experiment to end, full stop. John FitzPatrick was a 2022 draft pick, but he was a sixth rounder and hasn’t stayed healthy. With potential vets hitting the market and the possibility of someone like MyCole Pruitt coming back, both of these guys will have to fight to stay on the roster over someone with fullback flexibility like Parker Hesse.
OL Jalen Mayfield
OL Justin Shaffer
With the lack of depth, I think Jalen Mayfield will get one more season, but he’s by no means a roster lock. Additionally, Justin Shaffer was a 2022 sixth round pick like FitzPatrick. He was always a weird scheme fit, and the Falcons have a lot of fresh blood at the position, adding Matthew Bergeron and Jovaughn Gwyn in the draft. Perhaps he sticks on the practice squad, but it isn’t a guarantee by any means.
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