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The Falcoholic Sep 2, 2019
Who were the most surprising keepers and cuts for the Falcons in 2019?

Who were the most surprising keepers and cuts for the Falcons in 2019?

Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via The decision to keep a fullback and to shuffle the deck at safety surprised our writers. Who were the most surprising cuts and roster additions, once the dust settled? Our staff weighs in. Dave Choate In the end, as I’ve noted several times already, it was not a cutdown day loaded with surprises. I was only truly surprised to see Chris Cooper cut and Ricky Ortiz making the roster in the end, though Austin Larkin’s cut was also a little disappointing.Cooper seemed like he had done enough this summer to make it as the final defensive back,...
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Falcons add former Raiders fullback Smith to replace Ortiz

Falcons sign former Raiders fullback Keith Smith to replace injured Ricky Ortiz
The Falcoholic Sep 2, 2019
Fullback Ricky Ortiz waived with injury settlement to make room for Keith Smith

Fullback Ricky Ortiz waived with injury settlement to make room for Keith Smith

Photo by Roy K. Miller/Icon Sportswire via The Falcons make a clear upgrade at fullback with the transaction. The Falcons announced their 53-man roster on Saturday. Every year, they tool around with some of the final roster spots. We have seen them scour the waivers for improvements only days before the season starts. Monday mornings transactions are exactly that. Ricky Ortiz started his undrafted career as an offseason and practice squad player for the Baltimore Ravens from 2017 to 2018. The Falcons signed him to their active roster in 2018. He was known as a solid special teamer but...
The Falcoholic Sep 2, 2019
Falcons sign FB Keith Smith

Falcons sign FB Keith Smith

Photo by Robert Reiners/ No corresponding move yet, but it’s safe to assume he’ll be replacing Ricky Ortiz. The Falcons signed...a fullback? Of course they did. This is actually not a stunner for many reasons. Ricky Ortiz was one of the big surprises of the 2019 roster, given that he had a solid but unspectacular 2018 season and was lightly utilized. The Falcons have talked a lot about running more effectively (which, ominously, may mean one of the game’s best passing offenses running more often), and they had interest in Keith Smith as recently as last offseason. They didn’t...
The Falcoholic Sep 1, 2019
What will the Week 1 Falcons starting lineup look like?

What will the Week 1 Falcons starting lineup look like?

Photo by Kevin C. Cox/ It’s a strong group on paper. The Falcons start the season against the Vikings, a very good football team. That’s why it’s important that their starting lineup, not to mention key reserves, look really good. This is my projection for the starting lineup, and it tracks with the Falcons’ interesting habit of listing three defensive ends and two linebackers among their starters at times in preseason. It also accounts for Ricky Ortiz making a start at fullback, under the assumption that he won’t be ceding his roster spot to another player in Week 1. In...
The Falcoholic Sep 1, 2019
Takeaways from the initial, strong Falcons 53 man roster

Takeaways from the initial, strong Falcons 53 man roster

Photo by Michael Reaves/ The team’s 53 man roster looks really good, despite a couple of small oddities. Atlanta’s final 53 man roster came both surprisingly close to what many of us predicted—the only real surprises were Chris Cooper and Austin Larkin not making it and Ricky Ortiz sticking—and came out close to the strongest possible configuration given the makeup of the 90 man roster. I don’t think that should pass without recognition. The Falcons of 2018 were undone by many things, but one of the legitimately huge problems was depth. They didn’t have enough on the...
The Falcoholic Aug 31, 2019
Here’s your 2019 Falcons 53 man roster

Here’s your 2019 Falcons 53 man roster

Subject to change and change quickly, but here it stands in all its glory. The Falcons have temporarily finalized their 2019 roster, announcing their final cuts and coming out with a 53 man grouping that contains few surprises. Offense QB Matt RyanQB Matt Schaub RB Devonta FreemanRB Ito SmithRB Brian HillRB Qadree OllisonRB Kenjon Barner FB Ricky Ortiz WR Julio JonesWR Mohamed SanuWR Calvin RidleyWR Russell GageWR Justin HardyWR Olamide Zaccheaus TE Austin HooperTE Luke StockerTE Jaeden Graham OT Jake MatthewsOT Kaleb McGaryOT Matt GonoOT Ty Sambrailo OG James CarpenterOG Chris...

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