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Falcons trim roster before NFL deadline

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - AUGUST 29: Duke Riley #42 and Thomas Duarte #85 of the Atlanta Falcons look on during the second half of a preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 29, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - AUGUST 29: Duke Riley #42 and Thomas Duarte #85 of the Atlanta Falcons look on during the second half of a preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on August 29, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

Credit: Julio Aguilar

Credit: Julio Aguilar

The Falcons trimmed their roster to 52 before the NFL deadline of 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tony Brooks-James, the fifth running back on the Falcons’ depth chart, turned in a dazzling performance in the exhibition-season finale Thursday at Jacksonville, but he was cut Saturday,  while speedy wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus made the initial roster.

Brooks-James rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries in the Falcons’ 31-12 win over the Jaguars.

The 53rd player will be kicker Matt Bryant, who agreed to terms with the team Saturday.

SATURDAY’S TRANSACTIONS: 

DB Parker Baldwin, Waived

LB Yurik Bethune, Waived

WR Christian Blake, Waived

RB Tony Brooks-James, Waived

LB Richie Brown, Waived-Injured

CB Taveze Calhoun, Waived-Injured

LB Bruce Carter, Released

DT Stefan Charles, Released

S Chris Cooper, Waived

LB Tre’ Crawford, Waived

TE Thomas Duarte, Waived

QB Danny Etling, Waived

OL Adam Gettis, Released

TE Alex Gray, Waived-Injured

WR Devin Gray, Waived

WR Marcus Green, Waived

DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Reserve/Suspended

G Sean Harlow, Waived

DE Austin Larkin, Waived

S Ronald Martin, Waived

LB Chase Middleton, Waived

DE Durrant Miles, Waived

C Chandler Miller, Waived

CB Jalen Myrick, Waived

CB Ryan Neal, Waived

DE Chris Odom, Waived

TE Logan Paulsen, Released

LB Del’Shawn Phillips, Waived-Injury Settlement

OL Jalen Robinson, Waived

QB Matt Simms, Injured Reserve

CB Jayson Stanley, Waived-Injury Settlement

K Giorgio Tavecchio, Waived

DT Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, Waived

K Blair Walsh, Released

WR C.J. Worton, Waived

OL John Wetzel, Released

DT Justin Zimmer, Waived