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.
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.
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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