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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.

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