Matt Ryan doesn’t have anything to worry about. He’s the Atlanta Falcons franchise quarterback. However, Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson had best check their rear view mirrors, because here comes Dominique Davis.
Both Redman and Wilson had fairly forgettable performances in the Falcons first two preseason games, while Davis not only made the most of his limited time on the field, but also seemed to have the fans rooting for him. That kind of support can’t be underestimated for a quarterback.
It was originally thought that Davis would be competing for the Falcons’ 3rd-string quarterback position against Wilson, but with his two good performances against both the Baltimore Ravens (6-11, 53 yds) and the Cincinnati Bengals (11-18, 121 yds, 1 TD), that might turn into a battle with incumbent 2nd-string QB Redman.
Davis, who started his college career playing behind Matt Ryan at Boston College, was picked up by Atlanta as an undrafted free-agent after the 2012 NFL Draft, and has received high praise from his former college teammate since training camp began.
“One thing I was impressed with even (in college) is he keeps his head down and works hard,” Ryan said. “When he gets his shot, just like in college, he takes full advantage of it. He’s got a strong arm and has had that arm since he came to school.”
And Davis’ NFC South ties don’t end with Matt Ryan. While at Fort Scott Community College, Davis played head to head against Carolina Panthers star quarterback, Cam Newton, in the 2009 Junior College National Championship Game.
A strong arm, a strong work ethic, and strong fan support. The perfect formula for a long shot quarterback who wants to make it in the NFL. And the East Carolina product may be a long shot right now, but if he keeps wowing coaches and teammates like he has in preseason so far, he could solidify himself a spot on the Falcons roster.