With camp well underway and the Atlanta Falcons‘ first game of the pre-season nearing the league will switch its focus to evaluating its rookie class and debating who the potential surprise roster cuts could be? For Atlanta, the roster appears to be wide open with a lot of jobs up for grabs and a number of key players potentially on the roster bubble.
More than any time over the last decade there is real parity on the Atlanta roster that could lead to a number of surprising cuts. Leading to the question when will Atlanta make the decisions on their final roster? Below are the important dates for a team that should leave a spot of two open on their roster to acquire potential surprise cuts from other rosters.
- August 16th cut from 90 to 85 players
- August 23rd cut from 85 to 80 players
- August 30th cut from 80 to 53 players
Considering Atlanta’s current roster any surprise cuts likely wouldn’t come until the final cutdown on August 30th when the team makes the final roster official. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the Falcons open up an extra spot or two to acquire players cut from other rosters. Atlanta is in full rebuild mode and certainly will have extra space if the right players hit the market.
This pre-season will follow suit with last year with the team cutting down to three games and an additional regular season game. Allowing Atlanta limited game action to make important roster decisions.
Cutting the roster down to 80 players should be easy considering the depth pieces Atlanta is bringing into their first pre-season game. However, what the Falcons choose to do on the final day of cuts will certainly be one of the more interesting stories of the season speaking to who they want to evaluate in a lost season and who they consider their building blocks of the future.