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Falcons Make Initial Wave Of Final Cuts (12 Cuts Thus Far)


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Falcons Make Initial Wave of Final Cuts

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Jay Adams atlantafalcons.com Twitter Jay's Blog

The Falcons parted ways with 12 players Friday to get the roster down to 63 players. The deadline to be at 53 players is Saturday afternoon.

The Atlanta Falcons today announced that they have waived defensive end Nosa Eguae, fullback Maurice Hagens, cornerback Jordan Mabin, wide receiver Freddie Martino, safety Kimario McFadden, tight end Jacob Pedersen, offensive lineman Adam Replogle, defensive tackle Donte Rumph, linebacker Yawin Smallwood. The club also released linebacker Pat Angerer, offensive tackle Pat McQuistan, and running back Josh Vaughan.

Eguae, 6-3, 269 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Auburn on May 12, 2014. He started 43 games in four seasons for the Tigers where he totaled 105 tackles (65 solo) with 21.0 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks.

Hagens, 5-11, 250 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Miami (Fla.) on May 12, 2014. He played in 42 games with 13 starts in four seasons as a lead blocker for the Hurricanes.

Mabin, 5-11, 180 pounds, was originally signed by the Cowboys as a college free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent the 2013 season as a member of the Falcons practice squad.

Martino, 6-0, 195 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of North Greenville on May 12, 2014. He was a four-year starter for the Crusaders where he caught 296 passes for 3,766 yards, and 26 touchdowns.

McFadden, 5-11, 197 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of South Carolina State on May 12, 2014. He recorded 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and one interception during his senior season for the Bulldogs.

Pedersen, 6-5, 240 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Wisconsin on May 12, 2014. He finished his career ranked seventh all-time at Wisconsin with 17 touchdown receptions, the most by a tight end in school history.

Replogle, 6-3, 294 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent on April 29, 2013. He spent the 2013 season as a member of the Falcons practice squad.

Rumph, 6-3, 320 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent out of Kentucky on May 12, 2014. He He logged 126 total tackles in four seasons with the Wildcats, including 47 tackles (24 solo), six tackles for loss, and two sacks as a senior in 2013.

Smallwood, 6-4, 236 pounds, was selected by the Falcons in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Connecticut. He started 36 games at middle linebacker, and was the Huskies leading tackler in his final two seasons.

Angerer, 6-0, 236 pounds, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Colts, he played in 54 games with 39 starts while totaling 327 tackles (194 solo).

McQuistan, 6-6, 317 pounds, was originally selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (211th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft. He has played in 72 career games with 11 starts during his career.

Vaughan, 6-0, 225 pounds, was originally signed as a college free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on May 1, 2009. He has appeared in 16 career games over three seasons, including six games with the Falcons last season.

The Falcons roster now sits at 63 players. As part of the NFL’s mandatory roster cut down, Atlanta will have to trim its roster to 53 players by August 30 and may establish a 10-player practice squad beginning on August 31.

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Didn't Martino catch a long TD bomb from Yates yday? Then we cut him. Daym, we're loaded at WR.

Yep, it was Martino that caught the 67-yard TD bomb from Yates. 10 more cuts to go and we still have WRS Boldewijn, Reedy, Ebert, Roby, and Weems on the Bubble. I'm certain that Julio, Roddy, HD, and Hester are locks for the final roster. I'm fairly confident that Weems will probably make the roster. Since the Falcons normally keep 6 WRs on the final roster, that leaves just one more slot still open for what seems to be a remaining good group of WRs.

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Could they put the other 10 on the practice squad?

They could, but they have to be cut first and clear waivers before they can be signed to the Practice Squad. However, I don't think the remaining 10 cuts will constitute the Practice Squad, because it would not be diverse enough. You want a good mixture of different positions on the Practice Squad. Who I think might be on the PS:

QB Renfree

RB Vaughn

OT Jones

OC Stone

WR Boldewijn

DL Matthews

OLB Starr

CB Mabin

S Baker

S McFadden

BTW I'm assuming Reedy makes the final roster.

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They could, but they have to be cut first and clear waivers before they can be signed to the Practice Squad. However, I don't think the remaining 10 cuts will constitute the Practice Squad, because it would not be diverse enough. You want a good mixture of different positions on the Practice Squad. Who I think might be on the PS:

QB Renfree

RB Vaughn

OT Jones

OC Stone

WR Boldewijn

DL Matthews

OLB Starr

CB Mabin

S Baker

S McFadden

I can live with that.

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Could they put the other 10 from the 63 on the practice squad? Then that would cut down the roster to 53.

well, we definitely won't keep all the WR's

Renfree

Reedy

Boldewin

Ebert

Weems(isnt PS eligible)

Roby(isnt PS eligible)

(2 on the final, 2 PS, 1 off?)

Maybe one of the TE's

James Stone

Terren Jones

Cliff Matthews

Travian Robertson

Tyler Starr

Jaques Smith

Sean Baker

One of the corners(most not PS eligible)

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They could, but they have to be cut first and clear waivers before they can be signed to the Practice Squad. However, I don't think the remaining 10 cuts will constitute the Practice Squad, because it would not be diverse enough. You want a good mixture of different positions on the Practice Squad. Who I think might be on the PS:

QB Renfree

RB Vaughn

OT Jones

OC Stone

WR Boldewijn

DL Matthews

OLB Starr

CB Mabin

S Baker

S McFadden

BTW I'm assuming Reedy makes the final roster.

I don't think Mathews is PS eligible.
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I don't think Mathews is PS eligible.

just checked, he might qualify under the new spots rules, hes only played 10 and 15 games over the past 2 seasons

In memo to teams on expanded practice squad (now 10 players), NFL now allows teams to have up 2 PS players w/no more than 2 accrued seasons

So you could now have a player with 32 reg season games over 1st 2 seasons eligible still for practice squad in 3rd year...

Also, it will now require 6 games spent on a practice squad to count as a practice squad season. It used to require only 3 games

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Cliff Matthews(not sure he is PS eligible)

Yes, under the new rules that go into effect this year Matthews will be eligible for the Practice Squad. The PS was expanded form 8 players to 10, and 2 of the PS players can have up to two years of accrued NFL experience each (under the old rules, a player was not eligible for the PS if he had even one year of accrued NFL experience).

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Yes, under the new rules that go into effect this year Matthews will be eligible for the Practice Squad. The PS was expanded form 8 players to 10, and 2 of the PS players can have up to two years of accrued NFL experience each (under the old rules, a player was not eligible for the PS if he had even one year of accrued NFL experience).

yep, I went to double check as well, after posting, wasn't sure how many games CM had, since hes been with us for 3 years now.

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yep, I went to double check as well, after posting, wasn't sure how many games CM had, since hes been with us for 3 years now.

That was some very quick research, because I see you had already answered your question even before my response to you on that issue. And I thought I had made a speedy response. laugh.png

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