The Atlanta Falcons made a massive set of cuts with a few hours to go until the league’s final deadline to become the first team to announce that it has reached an initial 53-man roster.
To do so, the organization let go of a notable veteran running back.
According to Tom Pelissero, the Falcons released D’Onta Foreman on Tuesday afternoon. The 27-year-old, former Doak Walker Award winner had just signed with the team earlier this month after he was a free agent for most of the offseason.
Foreman has proven to be a reliable reserve running back in his first four years in the NFL, but hasn’t amounted to much more. As a rookie of out Texas in 2017, the Houston Texans drafted him in the third-round, but he’s never found his footing in the ball-carrying rotations that he’s been a part of.
Foreman reached his peak during his rookie year when he played in 10 games for the Texans. He racked up 410 yards from scrimmage and scored two rushing touchdowns in a back-up role.
Since his rookie season, Foreman’s production has taken a major dive. He’s played in just seven games for the Texans and the Tennessee Titans and taken just 25 carries for 94 yards. He also had a receiving touchdown in each of the 2018 and 2020 seasons.
The #Falcons are the first team to announce they’ve reached an initial 53-man roster. Notably, they’re keeping three QBs for now: Matt Ryan, Josh Rosen and rookie Feleipe Franks. They also released RB D’Onta Foreman.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2021
Foreman, 25, may get some interest from other teams around the league before the regular season begins, or he could bide his time and wait to see if a running back spot opens up at some point during the year.
With Foreman on his way out, the Falcons will kick off the 2021 season with Mike Davis as their lead running back and third-year ballcarrier Qadree Ollison backing him up. Utility man Cordarelle Patterson should also factor into Atlanta’s plans out of the backfield once the year begins.
Fans can find the Falcons final 53-man roster here.
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