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Atlanta Falcons 53-Man Roster: 'Dirty Birds' Cut Some Familiar Faces

As NFL teams moved to cut their rosters down to the league mandated 53 on Friday, some familiar faces on the Atlanta Falcons roster were handed their walking papers and are now in search of employment elsewhere. The NFL is a business and nothing is guaranteed, not even contracts.

Training camp and preseason games are the times where players get to prove their value and no one is considered safe. Many established NFL veterans found themselves on the chopping block on Friday and in the case of the Atlanta, Falcaholic blogger Dave Choate thinks that may be a good thing:

The Falcons are now rolling with someone else's Mr. Irrelevant as their fifth receiver and possible punt returner, one of last year's UDFAs as their likely third receiver, a Panthers' seventh-rounder as their fifth cornerback and one of this year's UDFAs as a backup offensive lineman. They're placing an enormous amount of faith in these guys based solely on the talent and potential they see there, not draft position or time with the team or anything like that. I honestly find that encouraging.

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