Redman named starter…for now
The Falcons announced that Chris Redman would start Saturday’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Head coach Mike Smith indicated that all four of the team’s quarterbacks will get a chance to play in the game and that the current plan is to have each start one of the team’s four preseason contests.
Smith indicated in his afternoon press conference that how much playing time each passer will receive will be determined by snap count and likely will number around fifteen snaps each. And although Redman has been slated to start, Smith indicated that too much should not be made about the starting lineups and the rotations for this first preseason contest.
In other news, the Falcons re-signed Doug Datish today and waived kicker Kevin Lovell to clear space for him. Datish was cut in June and was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts before he was cut on Tuesday. Datish was a seventh round choice for the Falcons in 2007, but spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. He provides needed depth since center Todd McClure is expected to miss this weekend’s game. The team cut Lovell, indicating they are more than happy with kicker Jason Elam handling field goals and punter Michael Koenen on kickoffs.