The changes under center for the Atlanta Falcons continued this week, as Atlanta released number two quarterback Chris Redman and signed nine-year NFL veteran QB Luke McCown to backup starting quarterback Matt Ryan.
With fourth-year third string QB John Parker Wilson being released last week in favor of rookie Dominique Davis, this means the quarterback trio of Ryan-Redman-Wilson, which had been together for four years, is now completely disassembled. The question now begs: is it Ryan-McCown-Davis or Ryan-Davis-McCown?
Right now all signs would point to the veteran McCown being the number two guy for the moment, but the release of Redman, who had seemed fairly comfortable as Ryan’s backup in Atlanta’s system under head coach Mike Smith, is a sure sign that the Falcons feel like Davis is going to be their man as Ryan’s understudy in the future.
McCown, 6-3 and 212 pounds, was originally selected as a fourth round draft choice by the Cleveland Browns in 2004. McCown has had nine starts during his career and has played in 20 games. He has compiled a career passing record of 184 of 316 attempts, for 2,035 yards with nine touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.
Redman, 6-3 and 225 pounds, was originally selected as a third round draft choice by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He was signed by the Falcons in 2007 and spent five seasons in Atlanta. In seven NFL seasons, Redman completed 286 of 500 pass attempts for 3,179 yards with 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
The Atlanta Falcons roster cuts will continue this week with Aug. 31 being the deadline to reach the 53-man roster.