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Falcons plan to look at all four QBs

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- A year ago, the Atlanta Falcons were at least glancing at all four quarterbacks in camp as the potential starter.

With Matt Ryan now firmly established, everyone else is playing for No. 2 this year and it sounds like that part of the competition remains very open. Chris Redman was the backup last year with D.J. Shockley as the No. 3, but their status for this year hasn't been decided. Undrafted rookie John Parker Wilson also is in the mix.

It's safe to assume Ryan will start Saturday's preseason game against Detroit, but coach Mike Smith wouldn't reveal how the order will go after that.

"I will say that all four quarterbacks are going to play," Smith said. "Each will play one quarter. In terms of how that rotation is going to go, I don't really want to divulge that right now and I don't think anybody should read anything into how the rotation takes place."

Keep an eye on Shockley. From what I've seen and heard, he's had a nice camp and at least has a chance to challenge Redman for the backup spot.

"D.J.'s shown he's a lot more familiar in the offense," Smith said. "Remember, last year, he was just a year removed from his ACL, so physically he's moving around a lot better and he's a lot more familiar with what we do in terms of calling plays."

Smith said he's hoping to have a relatively healthy roster for the Detroit game. Only receiver Harry Douglas, who's out for the year with a knee injury, and rookie safety William Moore, who's going to miss a few weeks after knee surgery, have been ruled out at this point.