Atlanta Falcons keep all 6 draft picks, 3 undrafted rookies

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons trimmed their roster for the regular season, keeping all six draft picks and three other rookie free agents.

Strong performances in the preseason earned offensive lineman Matt Gono, linebacker Richard Dewey Jarvis and defensive lineman Justin Zimmer spots on the 52-player roster announced Saturday.

There were no major surprises as the Falcons cut 37 players and reached injury settlements with two others. The most prominent name to get axed was offensive guard Sean Hawlow, a fourth-round pick in 2017.

The Falcons kept everyone from this year's draft class: receiver Calvin Ridley , cornerback Isaiah Oliver, defensive tackle Deadrin Senat, running back Ito Smith, receiver Russell Gage and linebacker Foyesade Oluokun.

Atlanta has 52 players on its roster, one under the limit. The Falcons open a season of high expectations Thursday night against the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

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