Posted: 3:16 pm Saturday, August 30th, 2014

UPDATED — Falcons cut 10 to make it down to 53 players 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

MAY 28, 2014 FLOWERY BRANCH Falcons linebacker Jacques Smith (#45) stretches during Atlanta Falcons training camp in Flowery Branch, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

MAY 28, 2014 FLOWERY BRANCH Falcons linebacker Jacques Smith (#45) stretches during Atlanta Falcons training camp in Flowery Branch, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. KENT D. JOHNSON/KDJOHNSON@AJC.COM

UDPATED — The Falcons released cornerback Ricardo Allen, safety Sean Baker, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert, guard Harland Gunn, tackle Terren Jones, wide receiver Bernard Reedy, defensive tackle Travian Robertson, tight end Mickey Shuler, and linebacker Jacques Smith. The club has also reached an injury settlement with wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn.

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The Falcons have started making their cut down to 53 players today.

Linebacker Jacques Smith, wide receiver Jeremy Ebert and tight end Mickey Shuler have been confirmed as being released by their representatives.

Cornerback Ricardo Allen confirmed on twitter that he was cut.

There are un-sourced reports that wide receiver Bernard Reedy, wide receiver Gerald Boldewijn and defensive tackle Travian Robertson have also been released. That would leave them with three more moves to make.

The team is not expected to make its list official until after the 4 p.m. deadline.

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Smith was an undrafted rookie from Tennessee. The Falcons, who were looking to become a tougher team, liked Smith’s ruggedness.

He attracted attention early in camp when he got into a couple of fights and ticked off veteran center Joe Hawley.

Smith stance showed the type of toughness the Falcons want.

“What I’ve seen from these guys is that there’s no backing down at any level,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said when tackling about the rookie class. “Again, there is respect, but there is not blatant disrespect coming in. You never want the rookies to come in with a disprespecting-attitude and that’s not it. But when the whistle blows everyone is pushing to attempt to take that job. You see it on the field. You see how they are going to the whistle. They are going right to the whistle and almost beyond, but they are not.”

Smith, who could be added to the practice squad, didn’t endear himself to the coaches after getting ejected from the third exhibition game against Tennessee after he got into a fight well after the whistle.

Ebert, 25, was drafted in the seventh-round of the 2012 draft by the New England Patriots. He played in six games for Jacksonville last season and has three career catches for 18 yards. For the Falcons, Ebert caught five passes for 64 yards including a long of 28 yards during the exhibition season.

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7 comments
WilliamCoit
WilliamCoit

Bring in Michael Sam, dude can play and the Falcons have NO pass rush

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

Michael Sam would be a good addition at this point.  The guy can play, and the Falcons need every bit of help they can get on the D-line.

gfw
gfw

I was afraid of this.  No room for Reedy.  Extreme quickness, extreme speed, and agility.  Not just a sprinter, but a football player.  I liked his intensity and the way he finished plays.  But the main thing is that no one on the team has a burst like his.  I know these are very tough decisions, but I would be shocked if he wasn't put on the practice squad.  But if not, I'll bet you he gets picked up in a heartbeat by somebody else. 

mxpxboy
mxpxboy

I'm going to be so upset if Reedy was cut. He performed well and could really help this team.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@WilliamCoit

No!  The guy was one of the last players drafted and then only for sentimental reasons having played for Missouri and the Rams vying for public acceptance.

He's not an NFL player.

WilliamCoit
WilliamCoit

 Here are the names of the SEC defensive players of the year. Are you telling me that this guy is not comparable in skills to these guys. You have to kidding me. He had 3 sacks in the preseason. Name me a player for the Falcons with 3 sacks.


2013Michael Sam*Missouri31 Solo, 17 Ast, 11.5 Sk2012Jarvis Jones*Georgia52 Solo, 33 Ast, 14.5 Sk, 1 Int2011Morris Claiborne*Louisiana State32 Solo, 19 Ast, 0.0 Sk, 6 Int2010Patrick Peterson*Louisiana State29 Solo, 13 Ast, 0.0 Sk, 4 Int2009Rolando McClain*Alabama53 Solo, 52 Ast, 4.0 Sk, 2 Int2008Eric BerryTennessee7 Att, 37 Yds, 5.3 Avg, 0 TD2007Glenn Dorsey*Louisiana State34 Solo, 35 Ast, 7.0 Sk, 0 Int2006Patrick WillisMississippi87 Solo, 50 Ast, 3.0 Sk, 0 Int2005Demeco Ryans*Alabama41 Solo, 35 Ast, 5.0 Sk, 1 Int2004David Pollack*Georgia2003Chad Lavalais*Louisiana State1 Int, -5 Yds, 0 TD