There are quite a bit of obvious choices here and some that are going to be a little more painful. Much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Atlanta Falcons should start looking for main characters to build around in their next phase.
It should be a no brainer for the Falcons to move on from these guys:
These guys have had such little impact at their position that the Falcons wouldn’t miss them at all. In fact, in duty last year, Wreh-Wilson and Neasman were consistently out of position and just didn’t look like they belonged on an NFL field. It’s hard to believe that they make it on other rosters.
Vic Beasley has been committing highway robbery with every snap. As Blogging Dirty has told you, athletic defensive ends will always last much longer than they should but you’d be hard-pressed to find another player with such little production making as much as Beasley is. Quinn and Dimitroff should’ve been fired on the simple basis of picking up his contract, to begin with.
These next few are a little tougher. They have actually been decent but it’s time for the Falcons to move on from them:
It’s basically time for the Falcons to overhaul their defensive backfield. This year, the youth movement is in full effect. Kendall Sheffield and Isaiah Oliver have played significant snaps and while Oliver has struggled, this year of actual game practice will pay dividends.
Ishmael, a special team contributor at best, has gotten pressed into duty as a safety but his speed and skill favor a linebacker position. The Falcons’ lack of secondary depth has hurt.
You can’t expect a 100 percent Keanu Neal next year after two season-ending surgeries. But Damontae Kazee has played well in the safety spot. Moving on from Ishmael clears the way for him to play in that safety spot as Neal recovers.