According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein on Tuesday, September 14, the Falcons have cut kicker Elliot Fry, wide receiver Juwan Green and tight end David Wells from the practice squad. That means Atlanta has three open spots to sign some free agent help.
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Falcons Cutting Fry Comes by Surprise
Fry rejoined the Falcons after spending 12 weeks with them last season as a “contingency plan.” You might remember seeing him when he was elevated to the active roster for one game, converting his lone field goal attempt and 1-of-2 extra points against the Green Bay Packers in Week 4.
The versatile kicker, who kicked collegiately for South Carolina (2013-16) and remains the leading scorer in Gamecocks history (359 points)—has also had short stints with the Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Carolina Panthers, not to mention the Orlando Apollo of the Alliance of American Football (AAF).
More recently, he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he was released in early September when the Bucs inked Ryan Succop, who came in clutch for Tampa in Week 1’s Thursday night win over the Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Wells, a 2018 undrafted free agent, has been bouncing around the NFL from practice squad to practice squad. He recently spent time in New England at the Patriots’ training camp where he saw action in their first preseason game versus Washington. Prior to that, he was with the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys.
And Juwan Green is a 2020 undrafted free agent wideout who returned to the Falcons training camp after spending some time in Atlanta on the practice squad last season. He made a solid effort to stick around after final roster cuts but head coach Arthur Smith must see more promise in wideouts Austin Trammell and Keelan Doss.
1 Free Agent the Falcons Could Sign
The Falcons need an upgrade at left guard pronto. For now, it looks like Smith plans on giving rookie starter Jalen Mayfield a chance to redeem himself, but if Matt Ryan has any shot at stay upright, Atlanta will need to make changes there.
One versatile offensive lineman they could turn to is Joe Dahl. A fifth-round pick in 2016 by the Detroit Lions, Dahl was a part-time starter at left guard and center the last two seasons but missed multiple games in 2019-20 due to a back injury.
Considering Dahl’s past, he would be extremely affordable. And while he might not be the most reliable, he is still an upgrade from Mayfield who has plenty of experience under his belt and that could teach the rookies a thing or two until Josh Andrews gets better.