With the fourth and final preseason game over, the Atlanta Falcons made another wave of cuts on Friday afternoon.
The roster was cut down to 64 players this afternoon after the Falcons decided to let 11 players go, nine of which were defensive players.
The players cut consisted of: defensive end Nordly Capi, tackle Laurence Gibson, defensive end Malliciah Goodman, defensive tackle Cory Johnson, cornerback Devonte Johnson, safety Damian Parms, offensive lineman Collin Rahrig, wide receiver Corey Washington, and linebacker Matt Wells.
Kicker Shayne Graham and offensive lineman Bryce Harris were the other two casualties.
Goodman was the longest-tenured Falcon to get cut today. He was selected in the fourth round (127th overall) in the 2013 NFL draft. In his three seasons with the Falcons, Goodman finished with 32 tackles (17 solo), two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one pass defended in 11 starts.
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Capi, who was the Falcons’ highest-rated pass rusher in the preseason was let go as well. Despite his great preseason play, this wasn’t a surprise cut. Much like Goodman, there just wasn’t a spot available for either of these men.
Graham was let go after being signed by the Falcons halfway through the 2016 preseason. Graham played in five games for the Falcons in 2015 and went 11 of 13 and made all of his extra point attempts. However, Graham missed badly last night in their final preseason game which likely cost him a spot on the final roster.
Nine more players will be cut from the Falcons by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.
Players that are still very much on the bubble are linebacker Tyler Starr, tight end D.J. Tialavea, and Joshua Perkins, fullback Will Ratelle, cornerbacks C.J. Goodwin and DeMarcus Van Dyke, running back’s Brandon Wilds and Terron Ward, quarterback Matt Simms and others.
Check back here tomorrow for a finalized Falcons’ 53-man roster!