With the final pre-season game out of the way the Falcons have made their cuts and have gotten down to their 53 man roster. There were a few semi surprises along the way as the Falcons parted ways with Spencer Adkins, Dominique Franks, James Rodgers, Kerry Meier and Mike Cox.
A possibility for the practice squad?
The name Dominique Franks definitely stands out on the cut list. Franks looked pretty good as a punt returner during the pre-season and some thought that would help him stick with the team. Maybe more surprising that cutting Dominique Franks was the decision to keep Robert McClain. If another team doesn’t grab Franks, I would look for him to get onto the practice squad (update: looking at it further with an assist from @mFalcons5 it looks like Franks is not eligible for the practice squad).
Spencer Adkins was another one of the bigger names on the final cut list. Adkins filled in as a spot starter last year due to injuries but the team essentially kept Robert James over him.
Fullback Mike Cox was also cut. This shows that the Falcons are pretty high on Lousaka Polite and also hope that Jason Snelling can give them some minutes when needed at fullback.
Kerry Meier also missed the final cut as he was beat out by Kevin Cone and Tim Toone.
As far as who made the team that you might not know…..We already talked about Cone, Toone, Polite and McClain. Tommy Gallarda get the third TE position. The Falcons kept rookie Charles Mitchell and veteran Chris Hope as back-up safeties. At RB, the Falcons kept Antone Smith. Late round draft pick, Travian Robertson of South Carolina made a late push to make the team. The Falcons kept six defensive ends including rookie Jonathan Massaquoi and second year man Cliff Matthews.
There still will be tweaks to the roster but this is pretty much the roster that we will go to battle with.