Observation deck: Falcons-Jaguars

August, 29, 2013
Thoughts on the Atlanta Falcons' 20-16 loss to Jacksonville on Thursday night:

What it means: The Falcons finished their preseason without a win, but that doesn’t mean much. Coach Mike Smith has a history of playing possum in the preseason and being ready for the regular season.

Strong push: Running back Josh Vaughan made a last-gasp push for a roster spot by rushing for 83 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown, on five carries.

What to do at backup QB: I think the Falcons have a bit of a dilemma at backup quarterback. Dominique Davis again got extensive play and his performance again was mixed. He completed 18 of 32 passes for 175 yards with one interception. I think Davis has tremendous upside. But I think the Falcons, who view themselves as a Super Bowl contender, need to think long and hard about bringing in a veteran backup just in case Matt Ryan goes down for a game or two with an injury.

What’s next: The Falcons open their regular season Sept. 8 against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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