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Falcons Finalize Practice Squad, Jalen Mayfield Finds New Home

The Atlanta Falcons announced on Thursday they added two players to finalize their 16-man practice squad. The Falcons cut offensive lineman Josh Miles on Wednesday to make room for new signing Isaiah Prince, but they were able to bring him back to the practice squad on Thursday.

The also signed former Carolina Panthers wide receiver C.J. Saunders to finalize their 16.

Saunders saw action with the Panthers in 2021 with two catches for 11 yards in two games. He played two years at Ohio State in 2017 and 2018 and finished his Buckeyes career with 27 catches for 294 yards.

The 5-10 and 190 pounder turns 27 next week, so he’s not exactly a high-upside young player with big expectations. He’s a curious signing no doubt.

The Falcons parted ways with 2021 third-round pick Jalen Mayfield last week after a disastrous two-plus seasons in Atlanta. Mayfield was thrown to the wolves as a rookie at left guard and was woefully overmatched. He spent the 2022 season on injured reserve.

The Falcons gave Mayfield a chance at guard and tackle in the preseason before finally cutting their losses and placing him on waivers.

The New York Giants signed Mayfield to their practice squad on Thursday.

This is a low risk move for the Giants. Mayfield has decent athleticism for his size and just turned 23-years old in May. He’s a long, long way away from being a productive NFL player, but he’s an ideal-developmental candidate for a practice squad.

The Falcons are in action against the Carolina Panthers next week, September 10th at Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the 2023 regular season is finally here. The Falcons sign an unknown Panthers receiver. The Falcons play the Panthers in nine days? Hmmmm….

Despite the naysayers in the national media, expectations for this revamped Falcons squad will be significantly higher. Next weekend will be the first chance for Falcons fans to see the new and improved team.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, 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.