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Falcons roster cuts 2018: Key dates and what to know for the weekend
When the Atlanta Falcons finish up their final preseason game against the Jaguars
, the team will immediately turn their attention to whittling down their current 90 man roster to a final 53. It will be easier this year than most years—the Falcons probably have 46-49 of their spots decided at this point—but there will still be some tough calls.They’ll need to make all those decisions in a tight timeframe. Roster cuts must be made in full by 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 1, which means the Falcons have 37 (or 36, if they don’t add anyone to their current 89 man roster) decisions to make between Thursday night and then. That’s less than 48 hours.Starting at noon on Sunday, September 2, the Falcons will be able to assemble their ten man practice squad. As has been the case in years past, the team will likely elect to bring back six-to-eight of their own players and scour the waiver wire for worthy additions to fill out the rest. I’m not saying you should clear your weekend, but if you’re really interested in knowing the final roster and practice squad as they’re assembled, you’re probably going to want to clear your weekend. For now
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, share your predictions for the final roster and any major surprises ahead for us.Great things which aren’t as good as the Falcons’ new season Rejoice, my friends who are just as in love with the sport of football as I am! Football season is finally upon us once again.We’ve had to bear through the famine of the NFL dead period in between the April draft and late-July training camp. We’ve sat through the Georgia heat and humidity in the middle of that training camp to watch the team practice, because that was the first taste of football we had since the brisk days of January.When the preseason rolled around, we all pretended to be happy about it, but let’s face it — the preseason sucks. It’s football that doesn’t matter, where more bad can happen than good because of injuries. Dan Quinn realizes this, and that’s why we didn’t see Devonta Freeman or Julio Jones at all this preseason.But now, all of that is finally behind us. We’ve made it to the light at the end of the tunnel, and our reward is that we get to be accompanied by the game of football for the next 17+ Sunday afternoons. The Atlanta Falcons start to play meaningful football this Thursday
, Sept. 6, against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.Back in May, I wrote out a list of sucky things better than the NFL dead period. Today, I’ll present you with something a bit more positive — a list of great things that aren’t quite as good as the NFL season. Let’s just call it a sequel.Autumn weather when the humidity goes away and the days become a bit coolerGetting to go home from work early on a FridayThree-day weekendsHaving a song stuck in your head forever and then finally remembering what it isBaseball seasonBasketball seasonThe 2016 Atlanta Falcons offenseThe 2017 Atlanta Falcons defenseThe smell of freshly cut grassWhen you’re a kid and you finally get that update on the news that your school is closing down the next day because of snow (I know, that’s more of a southern thing)A fresh chicken biscuit from Chick-Fil-A in the morningWhen you’re falling asleep and someone throws a blanket around youA deep-tissue massageA cold drink on a hot summer dayThose first few seconds of bliss and excitement after your song comes on in the car and you just realized that it came on.Jamming out to a song on full blast in the car with the squadEating Doritos while watching the Super BowlSeasons 4-9 of “The Simpsons”Being in line and thinking that you’re about to wait for a long time and then it starts moving quicklyLemon pepper wingsFinding out someone has gum when you really need someA sweet gym pump right before going outPlaying with your dog or cat (we love both around here)Shutting someone up in an online argument when they disrespect Matt RyanHaving unwanted plans with someone and them canceling before you doA full tank of gasFresh morning coffeeWearing a comfortable sweater or hoodie on a cold dayReally needing a writing utensil and then randomly finding a pencil/pen on the ground (note: This never happens. You only find that pen/pencil when you don’t really need it)Having an exhausting day and instantly falling asleep as soon as your head touches the pillow in bedWhen your birthday comes and you wake up to a bunch of “Happy Birthday!” texts from your friends, family and loved onesWhen your phone is fully chargedBuying something from the vending machine and unexpectedly getting two things for the price of oneFinding a $20 bill in your jeansGetting to a packed parking lot right as a car is leaving and vacating a solitary parking spotThe feeling of confidence after a fresh haircutWe’ve finally made it, my friends. Let’s now enjoy this wonderful time from September through January because it always flies by way too quickly. I hope your days in football season are blissful, and that the Falcons have a wonderful season where they make all of us proud.What are some great things which you feel aren’t as good as football season?
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