The Atlanta Falcons have trimmed their roster down to fifty three and there are not many surprises and while the depth on this team is still a big question mark but the starters are all set.
The only shocking part of the Atlanta Falcons roster is the decision to carry five running backs and a full back. There was no question Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith would be on the roster. Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner, Qadree Ollison, and Ricky Ortiz were roster bubbles and all of them ended up making it.
If the Falcons have an injury anywhere and need to release a player, someone from the running back group is going to be released.
The end of the wide receiver depth chart was another question for the Falcons during the preseason. Julio Jones, Mohammed Sanu, and Calvin Ridley were locks to make the roster. Russell Gage was on the bubble but he earned a spot after his performance during the preseason.
Justin Hardy struggled the first few weeks of the preseason and the Falcons played it safe as he is the fifth receiver on the depth chart while rookie undrafted free agent Olamide Zaccheaus earned the last spot at wide receiver.
The defense is looking solid heading into 2019. Between the starters and the depth this defense looks poised to be a top 10 defense in the league. As it seems to be every year, the biggest question mark on the defense is the pass rush and the depth. However, Dan Quinn seems to have addressed those needs and we should see a big improvement over last year.
The defensive line looked really good in the preseason. The Falcons bringing back Adrian Clayborn was huge. Takkarist McKinley should have a breakout campaign and hopefully that opens the flood gates for the rest of the defensive line.
Late in the 2019 NFL Draft the Falcons selected Kendall Sheffield and Jordan Miller to provide depth and special teams value. Jordan Miller stood out during the preseason and should see playing time at some point during this season. Isaiah Oliver is going to be the starting corner opposite of Trufant this season.
The crazy part about Oliver is he has been quiet during the preseason. This is a great sign for the Falcons because that means he is not getting beat and blanketing receivers in coverage.