fun gus wrote:
The thought of JPW starting over Redman in 2009 was unheard of.
That's exactly my point. As few may recall in a preseason opener against the Lions in 2009, Wilson was solid, Redman was mediocre, and Shockley was bad. Had people reacted then
as they appear to be reacting now
, then of course that means that an undrafted rookie like Wilson should have been moved into the No. 2 slot, Redman back to No. 3, and Shockley cut the next day. The situation as it stands today is no different than it was 3 years ago.
Look I went back and watched Davis in the preseason game, and color me unimpressed. He did move around and extend some plays with his legs, which I'm sure impressed the masses. But his athleticism was never really in question. Greg Cosell said it well on Yahoo! Sports podcast, the preseason is tailor-made for mobile QBs because the game moves too fast for them, they start to use their legs which gets the fans excited, but really isn't what you're looking for in a backup QB. Because of the limited reps you get as a non-starting QB in NFL practices during the regular season, it's imperative that a backup QB be able to play the position from the neck up rather than the neck down. Davis certainly isn't there. Wilson has shown he's not there. And I've never been impressed with Redman's "gray matter" either. But fortunately for us, Redman's longevity/experience means that he is at least functional upstairs, if only mediocre.
Davis also displayed a strong arm, again not a question about him coming out of ECU. He clearly has the strongest arm on the team.
But...... the big concerns about him coming out of school were his footwork/mechanics and accuracy. I saw some issues with that in his limited workload. His deep pass over the middle to LaMark Brown on his final series was a good example of bad mechanics/footwork. He didn't set his feet, the pass sailed on him and almost was intercepted. On his first series, his 2nd pass was an incomplete one to Marcus Jackson. It was an inaccurate pass. Jackson had a step on the CB and had outside position. Davis underthrew him and threw inside. This is a no-no, as Jackson had to slow up to make the catch in traffic, and the contact between him and the defender caused him to drop it.
Now I will say that despite all those things, Davis was probably still the most impressive of the 3 backups last night. But the idea that he is ready to take over the No. 2 position for any team in the NFL is probably one of the most asinine things I've read on this board in quite some time.
Now if you want to say that after last Thursday's performance, the idea that Davis spends a year on the practice squad, working on the scout team (particularly the weeks leading up to Eagles & Panther games), and being in the film room, and that if the Falcons have a wide open competition for the No. 2 and 3 spots next spring in OTAs, and that year he spent on the p-squad allows him to possibly maybe have learned enough that he is the anti-D.J. Shockley and actually improves over time, then OK, I'll buy that.
But that's about all the rope I'm willing to give you.