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Atlanta Falcons Make Cuts, Down to 85

The Atlanta Falcons have made a series of five moves in order to get their roster to the NFL-mandated 85-man limit on Tuesday afternoon as they whittle their way down to 53.

None of the players moved were particularly surprising.

Linebacker Rashad Smith, tight end Tucker Fisk, , defensive back Tre Webb and punter Seth Vernon were released by the Falcons, and cornerback Cornell Armstrong was placed on injured reserve.

Smith played 36 snaps against the Detroit Lions on Friday night, but he was only credited with one tackle. He spent last season on the practice squad with the Chicago Bears, but he has only appeared in two games in his NFL career (Eagles, 2020).


Fisk only saw action on two snaps against the Lions. so he probably wasn’t surprised when he heard his name called on Tuesday. He went undrafted out of Stanford after catching just nine passes in his career. That he was on the roster to begin with was a bit of a mystery.

Webb played four year as a defensive back at San Jose State, but he has yet to make an appearance in the NFL.

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Vernon played at Portland State in 2021, averaging 44.9 yards on 37 punts.

Armstrong, placed on injured reserve, hasn’t made an NFL appearance since 2020, but he played in 15 combined games with the Texans in 2019 and 2020. He also appeared in 15 games with the Dolphins in 2018.

The Falcons have until next Tuesday, August 23 to get their roster from 85 to 80, and then the big cut comes the following week on the 30th they go from 80 to 53.

Atlanta is back in action again on Monday night against the New York Jets. It will be another away game for the Falcons after picking up a 27-23 win over Detroit in their first preseason game.

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Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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