Falcons: Cutdown analysis

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Biggest surprise: It wasn't as much a surprise that Joey Harrington was cut as it was that D.J. Shockley made the team. Shockley is a bit of a local cult hero because he played at the University of Georgia, but this move wasn't about popularity. It was about Shockley's potential. Yes, he's a project, but the Falcons think they might be able to develop Shockley into something. They'll have time because rookie Matt Ryan is going to be the starter and veteran Chris Redman will be the backup.

No-brainer: You could see the release of veteran guard Kynan Forney coming for a while. It's sad, but true. Forney had been with the team since 2001 and started most of his career. But Harvey Dahl emerged as a starter and the Falcons weren't going to keep paying Forney starter's money.

What's next: With Thomas Brown going on the injured reserve list, the Falcons still may be in the market for a running back. They're set with Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood as their top two backs, but they may look to upgrade over Jason Snelling, who made the roster.