Falcons head coach Arthur Smith discusses roster cuts

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The Atlanta Falcons trimmed their roster down to 53 players on Tuesday, four hours ahead of the NFL’s cut deadline. And while making the team is a huge accomplishment for any player, it doesn’t guarantee them anything. Following practice on Tuesday, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said not to read too much into the initial roster.

“Well, the thing is, it’s the truth because of the way the schedule is now,” said Smith. “You’ve got a whole week with all the different rules. You know, you get the 16-person practice squad, you get the 54 and 55th spot and there’s a lot of flexibility, and you have a whole week to kind of prepare. So, I think you’ll see a lot of roster manipulation the whole week from the league.”

“Everything’s fluid, nothing’s set in stone and we’ll monitor everything all week. Really nothing finalizes until we go into late next week before we get ready for Philly,” continued Smith.

When asked specifically about Josh Rosen and Feleipe Franks, and the decision to keep three quarterback son the roster, Smith stayed noncommittal and stated they will be watching the names on the waiver wire.

“We had two different plan of attacks the other night with those guys. Like I said, obviously we need to score more points but the objective the other night was to get them to operate, how to call the game with them. They were in two different points in their career, and really in this training camp, because Feleipe had been with us, Josh we just signed, stating the obvious there. Pretty pleased with both of them, but again, it’s a fluid situation we will continue to monitor the rest of the league because the rosters aren’t fully set.”

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