The Atlanta Falcons have made 27 roster changes in the past 48 hours to take their roster from 80 players to the required 53. They easily missed the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday when they announced their final roster around noon.
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The Falcons have updated their depth chart on the official website to match the version of the 53-player roster.
Felipe Franks / Josh Rosen
Keith Smith (FB)
Dante Fowler Jr.
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said on several occasions on Tuesday that the initial 53-man roster was fluid and not frozen. After taking a look at the depths chart, there are several logical moves to make over the next 10 days before the Falcons face the Philadelphia Eagles on September 12.
The Falcons aren’t likely to have three quarters. The fact that Franks and Rosen are listed as Ryan’s replacements could indicate that neither of them will be on the squad next week.
Franks seems destined for the practice squad, and veteran Josh Rosen should clearly be ahead of him. If he isn’t, it’s an indication the Falcons could find their save on the waiver thread this week.
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Smith likes the two tight packages with one primarily a receiver and the other primarily a blocker.
Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst covered the receiving tight end; Lee Smith does not have a save as a block option.
While Atlanta has several defensive linemen capable of playing in multiple positions, Tyeler Davison is the only true nose guard. The Falcons will look to add another 300+ pound inside lineman to their defense this week.
With just eight offensive linemen, including two rookies as primary replacements to Drew Dalman and Jalen Mayfield, Atlanta will likely add another inside offensive lineman until Matt Gono returns from the PUP roster.
General manager Terry Fontenot and his team worked with Smith to release their initial 53-man roster on Tuesday, but their work is clearly only beginning.