The Atlanta Falcons made 27 roster moves over the course of last 48 hours to get their roster from 80 players to the mandated 53. They handily beat the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline when they announced their final roster around Noon.
The Falcons updated their depth chart on the official site to correspond with the 53-player roster release.
Feleipe Franks/ Josh Rosen
Keith Smith (FB)
Dante Fowler Jr.
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith repeatedly said on Tuesday the initial 53-man roster is fluid and not set in stone. After a look at the depth chart, there are several logical moves to be made over the course of the next 10 days before the Falcons take on the Philadelphia Eagles September 12th.
The Falcons aren't likely to carry three quarterbacks. That Franks and Rosen are listed as co-backup to Ryan could be an indication that neither will be on the team next week.
Franks seems destined for the practice squad, and veteran Josh Rosen should clearly be ahead of him. If he's not, that is an indication the Falcons might find their backup on the waiver wire this week.
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Smith likes a two tight-end packages with one primarily a receiver and the other primarily a blocker.
Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst have the receiving tight end covered; Lee Smith doesn't have a backup as a blocking option.
While Atlanta has several defensive linemen capable of playing multiple positions, Tyeler Davison is the only true nose-guard. The Falcons will look to add another 300+ pound interior lineman to their defense this week.
With only eight offensive linemen, including two rookies as primary backups in Drew Dalman and Jalen Mayfield, Atlanta will probably add another interior offensive lineman until Matt Gono returns from the PUP list.
General manager Terry Fontenot and his staff worked with Smith to release their initial 53-man roster on Tuesday, but clearly their work has just begun.