UPDATE 2: The Falcons released eight players and reached agreements with three others to cut their roster down to 77 players on Saturday.
The Falcons waived tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, wide receiver Kenny Stafford and tight end Aron White.
Also, the team placed tackle Will Svitek on injured reserve and reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.
The roster currently stands at 77 players. The league requires that roster be cut down to 75 players by 4 p.m. on Monday.
The Falcons must cut the roster down to 53 players by Friday. They can add eight players to practice squad on Saturday.
UPDATE 1: The Falcons have made their cuts and mad not go all the way down to 75 today. They have until Monday at 4 p.m.
Coffman sent out a tweet: @Chase_Coffman Just released & now on to the next step the Lord has
planned for me. Enjoyed Atl. #keeponkeepinon
AJC ONE landed back the ATL after a less than 24-hour stay in the MIA.
We are on the Turk watch today. There could be some major surprises when the Falcons cut their roster down from 89 players to 75.
The Falcons are expected to make their cuts today before the Monday 4 p.m. deadline.
The team does not practice today, but wants to have the roster trimmed down by Sunday’s practice so that they can start preparing for Thursday’s exhibition season finale against Jacksonville.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith meet with every player that is released. They treat the process much like a exit job interview.
“Anytime that you have to make decisions about young man’s future, they are not easy decisions,” said Smith late last night after the 23-6 win over the Dolphins. “These guys have worked extremely hard with us.”
The Falcons must cut down to their 53-man roster by Friday.
“The 75 [cut] is probably not as difficult as the 53, but it is still difficult,” Smith said. “The number of decisions that you have to make are not just going to be based on this week. They are going to have to be based on next week as well because you’ve got to have guys to make sure that you have depth at all of the positions to play in the game next week.”
The Falcons open the regular season on Sept. 9 at Kansas City.
Here are some twitter accounts to track as some of the players have likely been released already. The team is likely waiting to send out an encompassing official released.
SOME FALCONS ON TWITTER TO MONITOR:
@jpwilson4 – QB John Parker Wilson
@TGallarda – TE Tommy Gallarda
@KCone12 – WR Kevin Cone
@bobbymac36 – CB Robert McClain
@J_Rodgers1 – Rookie wide receiver James Rodgers
@LBrown_7 – Rookie wide receiver LaMark Brown
@Tyler63Horn – Rookie center Tyler Horn
@PatSchiller53 – Rookie linebacker Pat Schiller
@guccigruder55 – Rookie linebacker Max Gruder
@Bama_Boy256 – Rookie linebacker Jerrell Harris
@MicanorLRegis – Rookie defensive tackle Micanor Regis
@aujharris – Rookie long snapper Josh Harris
@Louis_Nzegwu – Rookie DE Louis Nzgewu
@tattedNspatted – Rookie CB Peyton Thompson
@MartyMarkett – Rookie DB Marty Markett
@barico47obama – Rookie LB Rico Council
@aronwhite81 – Rookie TE Aron White
@kstaff07 – Rookie WR Kenny Stafford
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