ATLANTA - AUGUST 19: Punt returner Dominique Franks #24 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by cornerback Terrence Wheatley #22 of the New England Patriots during the preseason game at the Georgia Dome on August 19 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. The Patriots beat the Falcons 28-10. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Falcons Cuts Include Former Fifth-Rounders Dominique Franks, Kerry Meier

The Atlanta Falcons have cut several players, including CB Dominique Franks and WR Kerry Meier, to reach a 53-player roster.

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Atlanta Falcons Official Roster Cuts: Kerry Meier, Mike Cox Among Releases That Trim Roster To 53 Players

The Falcons completed and officially announced their final round of cuts on Friday, reaching the league-mandated maximum roster of 53 players just before the deadline.

The players released, according to Jay Adams of the team's official website, are as follows:

Additionally, the team placed safety Shann Schillinger on injured reserve, rounding the team out at 53. Notable players to make the team include QB Dominique Davis, FB Lousaka Polite, OG Phillipkeith Manley, and CB Robert McClain.

However, if a player with under three years experience clear waivers, they become practice-squad eligible. The Falcons can add eight such players to their practice squad at noon on Saturday.

For more on the Falcons, be sure to check out The Falcoholic. For news and notes around the NFL, hit up SB Nation's NFL hub site.

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Atlanta Falcons Roster Cuts: Dominique Davis, Phillipkeith Manley Make 53-Man Roster

The flurry of Falcons roster activity has continued through the afternoon as the team works toward its ultimate goal of a 53-man team.

As players learn their fate throughout the day, many take it upon themselves to inform the public whether they've made the team or not. Two such players are QB Dominique Davis and OG Phillipkeith Manley, who have both made the final roster, according to their Twitter accounts:

Both players were undrafted free agents signed in the wake of the 2012 NFL Draft. While Davis clearly impressed throughout the preseason, so much so that the team cut both John Parker Wilson and Chris Redman, the rookie guard Manley went far more unnoticed through camp and exhibition games.

In addition, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC is reporting that both WR Drew Davis and OT Bryce Harris have been released, but appear headed for the practice squad:

With Davis' release, there is strong speculation that local product Kevin Cone will make the team as the No. 5 wideout. The final, official decisions, however, do not have to be made until 9:00 PM, so stay tuned.

For more on the Falcons, be sure to check out The Falcoholic. For news and notes around the NFL, hit up SB Nation's NFL hub site.

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Atlanta Falcons Roster Cuts: Dominique Franks, Spencer Adkins Among Reported Early Releases

The Falcons have begun trimming down their roster to the required 53, and news of the cuts has begun to trickle out via Twitter accounts from across the league.

Among the initial cuts reported to have been made--and keep in mind that none of this has been made official yet--are CB Dominique Franks, OLB Spencer Adkins, TE LaMark Brown, C Tyler Horn, DT Conrad Obi, and LB Pat Schiller:

Brown and Horn broke the news of their release personally, via their own accounts:

Franks is easily the most surprising name on this list. A fifth-round pick in 2010, he was expected to make a run at the punt returning job and fill in as a reserve cornerback, but poor coverage in the preseason was his undoing.

Brown should see a practice offer, given his high upside at tight end, with Tommy Gallarda in all likelihood being kept around as the No. 3 tight end. Unless, of course, the Falcons do something wild like signing Chris Cooley.

The Falcons now sit at 69 players, meaning they have 16 more cuts to make, and that's not even considering any potential trades the team could make before the cut deadline, so stay tuned.

For more on the Falcons, be sure to check out The Falcoholic. For news and notes around the NFL, hit up SB Nation's NFL hub site.

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Falcons Preseason Cuts: Atlanta Makes Moves With Roster Deadline Looming

The Atlanta Falcons waived eight players Saturday afternoon as the team attempted to cut it's roster down to 75 players, according their website.

Tight end Chase Coffman, linebacker Max Gruder, kicker Erik Folk, running back Richard Medlin, fullback Lee Meisner, defensive end Louis Nzegwu, wide receiver Kenny Stafford and tight end Aron White were given their walking papers with tackle Will Svitek being placed on injured reserve. The Falcons also reached injury settlements with defensive tackle Elisha Joseph and cornerback Darrin Walls.

Coffman might be the most notable name of the bunch even though he only lasted two weeks on the roster. The 6'6", 250-pound was an All-American at Missouri before being selected in the third round by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2009.

Svitek had been with the team since 2009 before suffering the upper right arm injury. He played in all 16 games last season and even started 10 after left tackle Sam Baker went down.

The Falcons roster currently sits at 78, meaning they'll have to make a few more moves to get down to the NFL's 4:00 p.m. ET Monday deadline of 75 players.

For more Atlanta Falcons roster moves, head on over to the Falcoholic.

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Falcons Vs. Dolphins Final Score: Atlanta Wins 23-6, Snapping Preseason Losing Streak

Through three quarters of play, the Falcons starters accomplished what they were asked to do.

Matt Ryan looked great passing the ball, going 18-of-26 for 220 yards, including a brilliant 20-yard strike to Roddy White for a touchdown to put the Falcons up 16-3.

Then, after a brief and semi-productive stint at QB by Chris Redman, Dominique Davis came into the game and once again managed to turn heads, hooking up with WR Tim Toone on a 39-yard TD pass. He was two-of-three for 53 yards on the night, and his lone incompletion was the fault of tight end Chase Coffman who dropped a wet pass.

By all accounts, Davis looks like the man that should win the backup quarterback's role on this team. Also worth noting is Lamar Holmes, who blocked well for Davis and the third-team offense.

Defensively, Lawrence Sidbury came up with a sack and forced fumble of his own, continuing a hot preseason streak that has him looking like a breakout candidate in Mike Nolan's offense. Cliff Matthews, a fellow competitor at defensive end, would recover the fumble.

All in all, the second and third-teams played much better than in the first two preseason contests. Davis showed great stuff at QB, and the defense held Miami to just six points through all four quarters.

Oh, and Atlanta broke it's preseason losing streak. Because you care so much!

Stick with this StoryStream for scores, injury updates and complete coverage from the Atlanta Falcons preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. For all things Falcons, head over to The Falcoholic.

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Falcons Vs. Dolphins Update: DeCoud Picks Off Tannehill, Atlanta Tied 3-3

Through one quarter of play, the Falcons have looked solid both offensively and defensively.

Matt Ryan is six-for-eight, good for 77 yards through the air, including two 20-yard completions to both Jacquizz Rodgers and Michael Turner. Julio Jones has two catches himself for 37 yards.

On the ground, Turner has looked much more explosive than last week with 22 yards on six carries. The offensive success comes in part from a nice performance by the O-line, whose play has kept the pocket relatively clean for Matty Ice and opened some a couple of decent holes for Turner in the ground game.

Defensively, the team started off slow after allowing an 18-yard Reggie Bush run and committing two offsides penalties. But they soon settled down, and a Sean Weatherspoon-tipped pass would lead to an interception by Thomas DeCoud.

Kroy Biermann also chipped in with a nice tackle for loss, the the D-line generally kept rookie Ryan Tannehill on his toes in the pocket.

But despite his unimpressive numbers (5-of-13 for 54 yards), he came very close to throwing a touchdown pass, and would've were it not for a dropped pass in the end zone.

After two field goals, this game is tied at three points apiece.

Stick with this StoryStream for scores, injury updates and complete coverage from the Atlanta Falcons preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. For all things Falcons, head over to The Falcoholic.

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Falcons Preseason 2012: Cornerbacks Comfortable With Rotation

The Atlanta Falcons have three quality cornerbacks in Brent Grimes, Asante Samuel and Dunta Robinson, but head coach Mike Smith and the Falcons coaching staff still are unsure of who will start in Atlanta's base offense when the season begins.

So until two players rise up above the third, the coaching staff is rotating the three players throughout the preseason looking for the best combination and the players are happy to compete for a starting position.

In an interview with Daniel Cox of AtlantaFalcons.com, Falcons cornerback Samuel is fine with the three cornerbacks rotating throughout the preseason and moving around the defense,

"All my production came from the left. It’s going good. It’s a new thing for me, switching back and forth. I’m trying to get my mojo right, get my game plan together switching back and forth, but the coaches are going to do what they think is best."

Robinson agreed with Samuel and knows that the team will be fine with whoever is out on the field,

"We’re all very accomplished players so no egos are involved. We’re just doing what it takes to help the team win. The rotation we don’t have a problem with. We’re just going out there and trying to make plays. When our number is called we’re going to go out there and do everything we can to make this team successful."

For more on the Falcons, please be sure to check out our blog The Falcoholic and SB Nation Atlanta for all the latest news and updates.

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