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3 Falcons Players Least Likely to Still Be on the Roster by the End of 2020

Zach Brunner
Keanu Neal could be moved in the final year of his contract.
Keanu Neal could be moved in the final year of his contract. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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The Atlanta Falcons have made a couple key additions to improve their roster, but roster moves have been few and far between. They will start making more moves, but the lack of early action puts pressure on players on the current roster. If they don't prove themselves as valuable quickly, they could find their way out the door one way or another.

These are the three players that are the least likely to still be on the Falcons roster at the end of the 2020 season.

1. Keanu Neal, S

Keanu Neal has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons.
Keanu Neal has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Keanu Neal could be dealt mid-season, if it looks like they will not be competing for a division championship. Neal is a popular player for the Falcons and rightfully so, totally 222 tackles through his first two seasons. However, he has played just four games in the past two seasons due to injury, and he could be a player the Falcons decide to get some kind of return for instead of investing money in him or letting him walk.

2. Ito Smith, RB

Ito Smith totaled 106 rushing yards in seven games last season.
Ito Smith totaled 106 rushing yards in seven games last season. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

The Falcons seemingly have a wealth of average talent behind Todd Gurley, who appears to be an absolute boom-or-bust talent at this point. Ito Smith has had his moments of competency in the his two NFL seasons, but he is still projected to be only third or fourth on the depth chart. He could be a nice piece to include in a trade for draft capital to a contending team that could use more running back depth.

3. Allen Bailey, DE

Allen Bailey totaled just one sack last season.
Allen Bailey totaled just one sack last season. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Allen Bailey has not been the contributor Atlanta hoped for when they gave him a two-year, $10.5 million deal. The 30-year-old DE could be dealt to a bottom team for salary relief at some point this season. Bailey totaled just 1.0 sacks and 26 tackles in 15 games last season.


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