Atlanta's backup QB picture
June, 25, 2013
1:12 PM ET
By Tim Kavanagh | ESPN.com
For the Atlanta Falcons, it's nice to know that franchise QB Matt Ryan is a remarkable wonder of durability. In the five seasons since he was drafted No. 3 overall, he's played in 78 out of a possible 80 regular season games, and was even able to come back fairly quickly after having his ankle stepped on awkwardly by OT Will Svitek. One can look at this one of two ways: there's no need to worry, as Ryan can shrug off the typical wear and tear that an NFL QB endures, or he's due for a significant injury one of these days. Can Atlanta depend upon their current backups to take his place?
There's really no replacing a player of Ryan's ilk, but it appears that Dominique Davis has the Falcons' QB2 duties essentially locked down. The East Carolina product has yet to throw a regular season pass, but the club obviously has faith in him, as they didn't go out and sign a veteran backup this offseason, instead opting to use a seventh-round pick on Duke's Sean Renfree and sign Texas Tech's Seth Doege as an undrafted FA. ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas wrote earlier this month that this oversight is a mistake:
Falcons need veteran backup QB
Pat Yasinskas wrote: "I liked what I saw out of Davis last preseason and the Falcons wouldn't have drafted Renfree if they didn't see something. But the Falcons are a team that appears to be on the cusp of a Super Bowl. Let's say Ryan goes down for a game or two. Can a team like the Falcons really afford to put their season into Davis' hands? I don't think so. This is too talented a team to hand over to a quarterback that never has played in an NFL game. I think the Falcons need to add a veteran backup. That's what they've had in recent years -- first, with Chris Redman and, last year, with Luke McCown. There's not much out there right now, so I don't think any move is imminent by the Falcons. But, once other teams start releasing players in the preseason, I think the Falcons will pick up a veteran. It could even end up being McCown if he loses his battle with Seneca Wallace for the backup job in New Orleans."