Reports: Falcons work out veteran QBs

November, 20, 2013
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An injury to backup quarterback Dominique Davis apparently made the Atlanta Falcons consider looking at other insurance options behind starter Matt Ryan.

According to multiple reports, including one by ESPN contributor Adam Caplan, the Falcons worked out veteran quarterbacks Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards. Neither player has been added to the roster as of Wednesday morning.

A source told ESPN.com the Falcons kept Kafka overnight and were considering signing him, based on Davis' status. Kafka, 26, is a former fourth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles out of Northwestern. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Kafka played in four games with the Eagles.

Davis suffered a knee injury during Sunday's 41-28 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He told ESPN.com he suffered a knee bruise. Davis was limited in practice on Tuesday.

Since Davis is the only other active quarterback on the 53-man roster, it makes sense for the Falcons to at least check out their options. The quick turnaround with Thursday night's game against the New Orleans Saints doesn't help Davis coming off the knee injury. Plus, it would be hard to imagine the Falcons going into a game with one active quarterback, considering how much Ryan has played under duress the entire season.

Wednesday's practice should reveal more about Davis' status. He said he would be fine, but Falcons players typically don't discuss the severity of their injuries.

More than anything, this situation emphasizes the need for the Falcons to get better protection up front.

The Falcons do have one quarterback on the practice squad: undrafted rookie Seth Doege from Texas Tech. Doege typically spends extra time after each practice working with tight end Mickey Shuler. Promoting Doege from the practice squad could be an option.

Rookie seventh-round pick Sean Renfree, a quarterback from Duke, is on injured reserve.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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