Chauncey Davis, Coy Wire and Trey Lewis released

Falcons coach Mike Smith said the coaching staff had some tough decisions.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said the coaching staff had some tough decisions.

The Falcons released three veterans — defensive end Chauncey Davis, linebacker Coy Wire and defensive tackle Trey Lewis — and 14 other players on Friday.  The team needs to release 10 more players to cut down to the mandatory roster of 53 by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“There [were] a lot of guys fighting for roster spots,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the Ravens’ game. 

Smith admitted that there were just a handful of spots open. Running back Antone Smith, who ran for 114 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 42 yards against the Ravens, made a strong case for a roster spot.

“We obviously saw some guys step up,” Smith said. “We saw some guys that didn’t necessarily take care of business. We’ve got a bunch of decisions to make. Over the next 48 hours that’s what we’ll be doing. We will be spending our time to put our 53 guys together, to put our roster together to open this 2011 season.”

falcons.0813The team plans to cut in stages and some veterans were let go in stage one.

The team also waived tight end Marquez Branson, fullback Lucas Cox, center Paul Fenaroli, safety Matt Hansen, wide receiver Brandyn Harvey, running back Gartrell Johnson, defensive end Tom McCarthy, cornerback Kamaal McIlwain, center Ryan McMahon, safety Rafael Priest, defensive end Kiante Tripp, safety Suaesi Tuimaunei and linebacker Bear Woods.

The Falcons also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Andy Strickland.

Davis, 6-2, 272 pounds, was originally selected by the Falcons in the fourth round (128th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons in Atlanta, totaling 204 tackles (147 solo), 10 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries and six passes defensed in 95 career games.

Lewis, 6-3, 312 pounds, was originally selected by the Falcons in the sixth round (185th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. He totaled 35 tackles (19 solo) and one interception in four seasons in Atlanta.

Wire, 6-0, 225 pounds, was originally selected by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (97th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He has compiled 206 tackles, five sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six passes defensed in nine NFL seasons between the Bills and Falcons.

Branson, 6-3, 247 pounds, was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as a college free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent the 2010 season on the Falcons practice squad.

Linebacker Coy Wire, the team's former alternate player representative, set up the team's ad hoc offseason training program.

Linebacker Coy Wire, the team's former alternate player representative, set up the team's ad hoc offseason training program.

Cox, 6-0, 245 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of Georgia Tech.

Fenaroli, 6-3, 310 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of Stony Brook University.

Hansen, 6-1, 230 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of the University of Rhode Island.

Harvey, 6-4, 197 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 26, 2010 out of Villanova University. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad on December 29, 2010 and later signed as a reserve/future free agent on January 18, 2011.

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley (61) and guard Mike Johnson (79) block defensive tackle Trey Lewis (97) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Atlanta Falcons center Joe Hawley (61) and guard Mike Johnson (79) block defensive tackle Trey Lewis (97) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (99) during NFL football training camp in Flowery Branch, Ga., Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Paul Abell)

Johnson, 5-10, 219 pounds, was originally selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round (134th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He was signed by the New York Giants on September 15, 2009 after being waived by the Chargers on September 14, 2009. He was signed by the Falcons on September 21, 2011. In 2010, Johnson saw action in nine games and totaled 36 yards on 10 rushes, including a season-long 23-yard rush.

McCarthy, 6-6, 252 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of Yale University.

McIlwain, 5-10, 175 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of Newberry College.

McMahon, 6-1, 284 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of Florida State University.

Priest, 5-10, 181 pounds, was originally signed by the New Orleans Saints as a college free agent on April 26, 2010 out of Texas Christian University. He was signed by the Falcons as a reserve/future free agent on February 11, 2011.

Tripp, 6-6, 276 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of the University of Georgia.

Tuimaunei, 6-1, 205, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on July 26, 2011 out of Oregon State University.

Woods, 6-0, 245 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 26, 2010 out of Troy University. He was signed to the Falcons practice squad on September 5, 2010 and later signed as a reserve/future free agent on January 18, 2011.

Strickland, 6-0, 193 pounds, was originally signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars as a rookie free agent in June of 2009. He spent the entire 2010 season as a member of the Falcons practice squad.

The Falcons may establish an eight-player practice squad on Sunday.

 Here’s a position-by-position look at how the roster:

QUARTERBACKS: Locks – Matt Ryan and Chris Redman. Bubble — John Parker Wilson.

RUNNING BACKS: Locks – Michael Turner, Ovie Mughelli, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling. Bubble – Antone Smith.

TIGHT ENDS: Locks – Tony Gonzalez, Reggie Kelly and Michael Palmer. Longshot – Ryan Winterswyk.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Locks – Roddy White, Julio Jones, Harry Douglas, Eric Weems and Kerry Meier. Longshots – Drew Davis and Kevin Cone.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Locks – LT Sam Baker, LG Justin Blalock, C Joe Hawley, RG Garrett Reynolds, RT Tyson Clabo. Backups – T Jose Valdez, G/T Andrew Jackson, C Brett Romberg, C Todd McClure, G Mike Johnson and T Will Svitek. Longshots – Rob Bruggeman.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: Locks — DLE Ray Edwards, NT Corey Peters, UT Jonathan Babineaux, RDE John Abraham, DE Kroy Biermann, DE Cliff Matthews, DT Peria Jerry  and DT Vance Walker. Bubble – DE Lawrence Sidbury. Longshots – DE Emmanuel Stephens and DT Carlton Powell.

LINEBACKERS: Locks — Sean Weatherspoon, Curtis Lofton, Stephen Nicholas, Akeem Dent, and Mike Peterson. Bubble – Spencer Adkins and Robert James.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Locks — Dunta Robinson, Brent Grimes, William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, Kelvin Hayden.Christopher Owens, Dominique Franks, James Sanders. Bubble – Darrin Walls, Shann Schillinger and Rafael Bush.

SPECIAL TEAMS — K Matt Bryant, KO Matt Bosher P Matt Bosher and LS Joe Zelenka.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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96 comments Add your comment

where are the true fans

September 2nd, 2011
4:18 pm

Is the waived players able to come back to the team

where are the true fans

September 2nd, 2011
4:19 pm

I’M FIRST just like the falcons will be at the end of the season

Fourth

September 2nd, 2011
4:20 pm

MO

September 2nd, 2011
4:22 pm

Yea LOL just got finish explaining to a person unless you are employed at Flowery Branch you probably don’t have a clue as to who the 2nd and 3rd string “locks” are.

Cajdawg

September 2nd, 2011
4:23 pm

They never gave Trey Lewis a chance. Big mistake- there will be a food fight to sign him by other teams. He was the only DT with size.

DrJ

September 2nd, 2011
4:30 pm

JPW is still there. I think he has not fully gotten over his concussion, and should steadily improve.
He looked good in the pre-season game up until he got dinged.

Pauls Johnson

September 2nd, 2011
4:41 pm

CONservative Johnson

September 2nd, 2011
4:42 pm

They should dump JPW and keep just 2 QBs on the roster . . .

Pauls Johnson

September 2nd, 2011
4:45 pm

JPW Blows,,,

Steven A.

September 2nd, 2011
4:46 pm

They will regret letting Trey Lewis go. Peria Jerry should have been cut.
He does not have 1st round talent. Jerry was a huge reach by the GM.
He did not play well before his injury.

Savannah Fan

September 2nd, 2011
4:47 pm

Bear is a player-he should -will play somewhere

Steven A.

September 2nd, 2011
4:48 pm

Jamaal Williams is still available. Give Maake Keamateau a chance.
Space eater needed to free up linebackers.

Steven A.

September 2nd, 2011
4:50 pm

Jerry Glanville chimed in, said “John Parker Wilson ought to be sellin INSURANCE”

D. Orlando Ledbetter

September 2nd, 2011
4:51 pm

Here’s my list of the 10 for tomorrow: Powell, STephens, Bruggs, James, Winterswyk, Drew Davis, Cone, Walls and Bush or Schillinger. (That’s 11)

Mr.Phil

September 2nd, 2011
4:51 pm

Shouldn’t be hard to find ten guys to cut from that list.I see six right off the bat.

Pauls Johnson

September 2nd, 2011
4:53 pm

See if Bear Woods can play quarterback,,,,

Die Hard Falcon

September 2nd, 2011
4:55 pm

Unless we plan on bringing in another QB for JPW, there’s no reason to cut him. In the new NFL agreement the 3rd QB doesn’t count against your roster, I am not worried about that anyway, if MR2 goes down so does the season. Redman might not have looked strong this preseason, but he has been as adequate or more than 3 quarters of all the 2nd string QB’s out there. I think due to salary cap, Davis made sense, although we’ll miss him and his experience will take him somewhere I believe (meaning to sign on some other team). I think Wire was another good mentor but was not going to be much more, good man, but spots are vitally important. Trey Lewis is the most concerning release out of this bunch due to what others mentioned about have a space-eater. Who knows what other cut down casualties will be available, maybe we’ll find someone. Bear Woods has terrific heart and hustle, I hope we get him back on the practice squad.

dan

September 2nd, 2011
4:56 pm

Just haven seen anything out of Meir unless he is doing great things in practice? Owens the same thing looks lost on the field? Walls looks good to me with his size and speed they should keep him. Schillenger had some hard hits last night. John Parker Wilson looked horrible last night and looks lost also on the field plays with no confidence. Bear Woods was suprised that they cut him? He seemed to be all over the field but hey dude you look like a clown with the hair so understandable.

Ackshun

September 2nd, 2011
4:57 pm

The need to cut Bosher and see about picking up Waters from Pittsburgh that guys got a leg! Now where all all those folks that were saying JPW was better than Shockley last season. Damn that kid should be selling insurance not playing football.

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

September 2nd, 2011
5:12 pm

Bear woods should be a starter just for having that hair. He’s a player.

Joey M

September 2nd, 2011
5:13 pm

As more cuts are made around the league, does anybody see any salary cap casualties that the Falcons may go after?

Ackshun

September 2nd, 2011
5:26 pm

Swayze got cut TD. GET ON YOUR HORSE! You know bosher isn’t the answer at Kicker!

mountain_jim

September 2nd, 2011
5:30 pm

Here’s hoping Walls and Antone make it to the team.

Najeh Davenpoop

September 2nd, 2011
5:34 pm

“Is the waived players able to come back to the team”

Usually waived players just sign to the practice squad after they clear waivers.

Ken Strickland

September 2nd, 2011
5:35 pm

Don’t forget, some of these released players will be signed to our 8 man practice squad. I see the 10 cuts being OC RBruggeman, WR’s KCone & DDavis, DB’s RBush & SSchillinger, TE RWinterswyk, DT CPowell, DE’s EStephens & LSidbury, and LB RJames. I’m thinking we’ll keep CB Walls because Heyden’s so injury prone.

ACKSHUN-Wilson was better than Shockey last yr. Tell me, where is Shockey now, and why didn’t anyone pick him up if he was any good? He spent 3yrs on the UGA bench backing up DGreen, another UGA QB that didn’t have NFL level talent.

Redneck Bill from Trailerville

September 2nd, 2011
5:37 pm

Well, I’m kind of suprized they cut wire. And I liked the looks of Bear Woods. And they’ll be sorry they cut Trey Lewis.

John Parker Wilson ain’t got nothing but a fancy-sounding name. All he needs is a “III” or “IV” after it to be a good heir. But a football player he ain’t. I say whack him and look for a good third-string QB when the rest of the teams make their cuts.

Divorce Court

September 2nd, 2011
5:38 pm

Is this another youth movement?

Kurtis

September 2nd, 2011
5:38 pm

I was pulliing for McIlwain. The kid showed hustle and heart. Hopefully he’ll make the practice squad. I’m surprised about Trey Lewis too. I wonder if there were any lingering problems from his knee injuries a couple of years back?

Dan the Nerd

September 2nd, 2011
5:39 pm

Any idea why they are keeping a KO specialist? Hard to believe anyone kicking fieldgoals in the nfl can’t put it into the endzone from the 35. Heck, seems like landing it consistantly on the 5-10 yardline would be a good/great thing.

The Falcon Jedi

September 2nd, 2011
5:39 pm

You have the best bow tie collection in the world

0-4 preseason

September 2nd, 2011
5:41 pm

John Wilson dropped the Parker.

BT

September 2nd, 2011
5:47 pm

Cajdawg,
You might be correct that Lewis was never given a chance?
That said, he`s been on the roster for 3 years but spent most of it in the tub and that might have something to do with it?
I doubt if, there will be a monster bidding war for his services, that`s not to say he won`t be offered a contract, somewhere.
The Falcons were pretty deep at DT.

bravesfansince1961

September 2nd, 2011
5:49 pm

The kick off specialists is also the punter. Same guy. I’m a bit worried over the depth at LB. Oh well, In Smitty and Dmitirov we trust.

Oh and last! :)

the future is now

September 2nd, 2011
5:50 pm

Grady Jackson is still available.

Worm

September 2nd, 2011
5:52 pm

Looks like arthur CUT Mrs. Blank…Guess he’ll be writing a BIG Blank check..She’ll soon be picked up by someone else.

McNasty

September 2nd, 2011
5:56 pm

Surprised at Harvey getting cut. Keep Walls and Bush. PS for Sidbury, Cone(Go Golden Lions), Bear & Tripp and whoever else is not signed

old qb

September 2nd, 2011
5:57 pm

You can bet Lucas Coz and B. Harvey will be on that practice squad along with Bear Woods if they don’t get picked up by someone else. Sidbury will be gone. Mathews has looked like a future keeper.
TD and Smitty did an excellent job of cutting guys that just aren’t going to be special–and that’s what it’s all about. Sorry about Coy Wire, he was a leader and played with heart.

BT

September 2nd, 2011
5:57 pm

Worm, picking her up off the waiver wire = winning the lottery.

HJones

September 2nd, 2011
6:09 pm

Worm, thanks for the humor!! It was good.

DePlane

September 2nd, 2011
6:12 pm

Worm….hilarious! And BT nice follow up!

I’m ok with the cuts. Would like to see them keep Walls, but spots are at a premium. Maybe PS if he can clear the wire.

Jay Cool 4daBirds

September 2nd, 2011
6:12 pm

Somebody please explain to me how Trey Lewis was waived and Chris Owens is still a Falcon???? I really need help with this one!!!! I hope Bear Woods gets picked up he is a good LB just not quite goon enough to roll with the Falcons LB’s. Davis will be missed but we need that cap space. Harvey should make the PS.

BT

September 2nd, 2011
6:17 pm

DePlane,
I `m hoping Woods, Harvey, McIlwain and Cox can clear clear waivers for the PS.
I doubt if, Sidbury has any eligibility left?

Riser Upper

September 2nd, 2011
6:25 pm

Worm, BT – nice and nice. LMAO.

da dirtiest bird

September 2nd, 2011
6:54 pm

I wanna submit my waiver claim on the soon to be former Mrs Blank. I hope this doesn’t affect our teams finances going forward. I don’t really mind any of the cuts. I hope Woods & Harvey are on the PS. The WR depth worries me a lil. Mier hasn’t been making many plays in preseason. I still think he’s gonna be a player but the 1st yr after knee surgery is rough. A vet WR wound be nice. Renny Curran cut by Titans that’s supprising!

Drizzy Swagghard

September 2nd, 2011
7:05 pm

I thought Trey Lewis would make the cut because we have no one else with that type of size but Dimitroff probably has his eyes on some cap casualties out there. Chauncey Davis had every chance in the world to make his mark. I hate it but you can’t be mad at that. I liked Bear Woods & Coy Wire but hey Smitty & TD know what they are doing. I also think Rafael Bush should not get cut because of his ability to play S & CB. Smitty is big on versatility. What you think DOLed?

BT

September 2nd, 2011
7:05 pm

da dirtiest bird, said..
”I wanna submit my waiver claim on the soon to be former Mrs Blank.”

Get in the line about every eligible guy wants taste some of that lagzania.

da dirtiest bird

September 2nd, 2011
7:37 pm

Falcon James

September 2nd, 2011
7:45 pm

Dunta should be high on the cut list. He stink like chicken house.

waynester

September 2nd, 2011
7:55 pm

There’s a shocking amount of talent on this list, especially when you add in the other 10, which means the guys we’re keeping are even better. That’s a total sea-change in 3 years. Usually, when you look at the list of roster cuts, it’s like—meh, nah, who cares…? Not so anymore. I really like some of these guys who’re leaving and like many of us, thought Woods had finally cracked the 53. It’s a good problem to have, I’m just not used to it yet….

Intellibird

September 2nd, 2011
7:56 pm

You could see last year when Owens came into the game against the Packers (playoffs), that he was totally lost. And then they threw right at him and scored the 6. I really thought they would cut him the next day. How is he still hanging on?