We are less than a week away from the Atlanta Falcons’ first preseason game and that much closer to their season opener.
Everyone is now in a somewhat comfortable position after a week’s worth of practices, but cuts are going to start happening very soon.
The Falcons are currently holding 12 wide receivers on their roster and if things happen the way they did in 2015, at least five of them will get cut before the start of the season.
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Atlanta kept seven receivers on their 53-man roster a season ago, but only kept two tight ends. And with the trio of Jacob Tamme, Austin Hooper and Levine Toilolo, there might only be six receiver spots to hand out this time around.
Three receivers are 100 percent locks at this point with those being Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Justin Hardy. And you can pretty much pencil in Nick Williams and Devin Fuller to make the team as well.
If those five players do in fact make the team, there would likely only be one or two spots left. This would mean Eric Weems, Aldrick Robinson and newly acquired Lance Moore would be the three most-likely players to earn those spots.
If the Falcons choose to keep Weems on the 53-man roster, it would solely be for what he brings on special teams. As we all know, Weems isn’t a threat at wide receiver and would never see the field in that spot unless the Falcons were either blowing a team out or getting blown out themselves.
Robinson is a player that both Dan Quinn and Kyle Shanahan like a lot. He has 30 career receptions and five touchdown receptions while with the Washington Redskins from 2011-2014 but hasn’t stuck. He has had a nice camp up until this point, but his play in the preseason games will make-or-break his future with the Falcons.
Moore was just signed to the team yesterday. The long-time member of the hated New Orleans Saints is on the last leg of his career but can still bring something to the table. He could potentially see reps at punt returner and can still play receiver fairly well. He has a lot of similar traits to Weems, but he separates himself from Weems when it comes to playing receiver.
It’s really up in the air at this point. There is still a lot of football to be played before the Falcons make their final decision, but it definitely just got more interesting with the signing of Moore.
Who do you think will make the team at receiver?