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Report: Falcons to Make 1st Change to 53-Man Roster

When the Atlanta Falcons announced their 53-man roster on Tuesday afternoon, they did it knowing it would change quickly.

According Josh Kendall of the Athletic, offensive lineman Josh Miles is set to be the first casualty from the initial 53-man roster.

“The Falcons plan to waive offensive tackle Josh Miles today,” wrote Kendall on Twitter. “Miles was on the initial 53 man roster released yesterday.”

Kendall further speculated that the roster opening could be taken by another offensive lineman.

“Miles was projected to be the Falcons swing tackle,” wrote Kendall. “It’s probably worth keeping an eye out for another tackle coming in the door.”

Miles played 17 games for the Arizona Cardinals across four years. He spent last season on injured reserve. The Falcons kept nine offensive linemen on their initial roster. Moving Miles could mean another offensive lineman is on the way, but Atlanta also scheduled a workout with veteran cornerback Malcolm Butler on Wednesday.

If Butler is signed, it could mean short-term insurance for cornerbacks Jeff Okudah and Mike Hughes who have battled injuries in training camp. Replacing an offensive lineman with a cornerback would allow the Falcons to keep Okudah and Hughes on the active roster.

Placing either of them on short-term injured reserve would cost them at least four games. The Falcons can make due with eight offensive linemen on the active roster if they need a quick fix in the secondary.

In other news, the Atlanta Falcons will be bringing back Justin Shaffer to the practice squad according to Aaron Wilson. Shaffer was a 6th-round draft pick of the Falcons in 2022 and spent last season on the practice squad.

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