LB James among cuts as Falcons trim roster to 53

Linebacker Robert James, a fifth-round pick by the Falcons in

2008 who never started a game, was among the cuts Saturday as

Atlanta reached its 53-man roster limit.

The Falcons also released receivers Darius Johnson, James

Rodgers and Martel Moore, fullback Patrick DiMarco, cornerback

Jordan Mabin, offensive guards Phillipkeith Manley and Jacques

McClendon and defensive tackle Adam Replogle.

James was credited with one tackle in 16 games last season.

McClendon and Rodgers were members of Atlanta’s practice squad

last year.

On Friday, the Falcons released linebacker Brian Banks. Banks

was attempting to make a late start to his NFL career after

spending five years in prison on a rape conviction that was later

overturned last year.