Hartsock and Hutchins were free agent acquisitions before the 2008 season. Hartsock started 11 games before going on injured reserve while Hutchins missed the year after hurting his foot during training camp.
“They did a nice job while they were here but it was a football decision that we made and we’re going to be making a lot more decisions as we move down to our 53-man roster through the weekend,” Head Coach Mike Smith said after Tuesday’s practice.
Hartsock caught three passes for 26 yards as a Falcon, bringing his career total to 27 grabs for 273 yards. Known primarily for his blocking, the five-year vet helped pave the way for the league’s second-best running game in 2008.
Hutchins was working at cornerback and safety for Atlanta through Russell Falcons Training Camp.
A veteran of three NFL teams, the Ole Miss product has 16 starts to his credit (38 games), 142 tackles and two interceptions.
Evans was in his second season with the Falcons after joining the team in January 2008. He was waived at the end of 2008 training camp but re-signed to the practice squad in November, where he spent the remainder of the season.
The moves, coupled with the addition of cornerback Tye Hill, leave the Falcons with 73 players on the active roster. The team must be at 53 players on or before Saturday.