Fiedler to work out for Falcons
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC reports that the Falcons will work out quarterback Jay Fiedler on Wednesday. Fiedler has sat out since the 2005 season, when he suffered a dislocation of his throwing shoulder. Fiedler signed with the Tampa Bay Bucs last June, but was still recovering from his injury and was unable to practice throughout training camp and the preseason. He then underwent another shoulder surgery last September, and the Falcons are hopeful he is 100% recovered now.
The Falcons are on the lookout for a veteran backup to replace traded passer Matt Schaub. The team signed Chris Redman, but he has not thrown a pass in a game since 2003. Fiedler’s last game action came at the beginning of 2005. In two games, he completed 8 of 13 passes for 107 yards and a touchdown before the injury sidelined him. Prior to joining the Jets, he was a starter for five seasons in Miami. Over that time he compiled a 36-23 record (61%) with the Dolphins. For his career, Fiedler has started 60 of 76 games, completed 58.7% of 1717 pass attempts, thrown for 11,844 yards, 69 touchdowns, and 66 interceptions, for a passer rating of 77.1.
The Falcons have been in touch with free agents Anthony Wright and Tim Rattay about the possibility of backing up Vick, but it has been reported that interest in at least Rattay has weakened.