The Atlanta Falcons have completed their first round of roster cuts with few surprises.
While the first round of cuts isn't the most difficult, figuring out who the best 53 are by Friday's deadline may prove to be.
Here are three players who may have been on the bubble but are now almost locks to make the final roster.
The Falcons return All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez and his 2011 backup, Michael Palmer.
The battle for the third tight end spot had been going on between LaMark Brown, Chase Coffman and Aron White.
In the Falcons' second preseason game against the Bengals, Brown broke out with four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown.
Falcons NT Corey Peters was expected to get a lot of playing time in Mike Nolan's new scheme entering the offseason. However, that plan has now taken a detour. Peters was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list on Sunday, ensuring that he won't play for the Falcons until after Week 6 of the NFL season.
With Peters not around to help Peria Jerry anchor the Falcons defensive line against the run, the Falcons will have to look elsewhere for contributors.
The injury gives NT Travian Robertson an opportunity that he might not have gotten if Peters was healthy.
Robertson was a 2012 seventh-round draft pick and was very much on the bubble before Peters was put on the physically unable to play list. This move should lock him into a roster spot and an extended look to move past Vance Walker on the depth chart.
Davis seemed like a candidate for the practice squad throughout minicamps and OTAs. Instead, he’s pushing for a roster spot and could compete to be Ryan’s top backup.
Davis has surprised some with his strong arm and accuracy in the Falcons’ first three preseason games, prompting speculation that he could push the 35-year-old Redman for the top backup job.
Further ensuring Davis' spot on the roster, the Falcons released Wilson in the first wave of cuts.