NFC South: Dominque Davis

Atlanta Falcons cut-down analysis

August, 31, 2013
Most significant move: The Falcons were 13-3 last year and kept most of their team together. That’s why it’s more than a little surprising that four undrafted free agents made the roster. That’s a tribute to the scouting staff. OT Terren Jones, LB Paul Worrilow, LB Joplo Bartu and OT Ryan Schraeder made the team. Worrilow and Bartu should contribute immediately on special teams. Schraeder has shown the ability to play both right and left tackle.

Fan favorite: He was a long shot all the way, but Banks was being followed closely by fans. That’s because he had a unique history. Banks spent five years in prison and later was exonerated. Banks’ attempt to make the team was a great story while it lasted. But it may not be completely over. The Falcons reportedly may offer Banks a position working with the team.

What’s next: The Falcons could be combing the waiver wire for offensive line help. Second-year pro Lamar Holmes is unproven at right tackle and the Falcons, who lost projected starter Mike Johnson to injury, might want to bring in an alternative. Even if Holmes plays well, the line still could use more depth. It also is possible the Falcons could bring in a veteran quarterback because backup Dominique Davis never has taken a snap in the regular season.

Players cut: Waived LB Brian Banks, G Theo Goins, DT Neal Huynh, CB Terrence Johnson, S Charles Mitchell, DT Micanor Regis, T Alec Savoie, LB Pat Schiller, K Jeremy Shelley, CB Peyton Thompson, RB Ronnie Wingo, FB Patrick DiMarco, LB Robert James, WR Darius Johnson, CB Jordan Mabin, G Phillipkeith Manley, G Jacques McClendon, WR Martel Moore, DT Adam Replogle and WR James Rodgers. The Falcons also placed QB Sean Renfree and TE Andrew Szczerba on injured reserve.
The Atlanta Falcons just announced a bit of a shakeup at backup quarterback.

The Falcons said they have released veteran backup quarterback Chris Redman and signed quarterback Luke McCown.

Dominique Davis has had an impressive preseason, while Redman struggled. Some may take this as a sign that the Falcons are ready to turn to Davis, an undrafted rookie, as the top backup to Matt Ryan. But I wouldn’t get too carried away with that school of thought -- at least not immediately.

McCown recently was released by the New Orleans Saints and didn’t show much in his preseason opportunities. But McCown spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In case you’ve forgotten, Atlanta coordinator Dirk Koetter’s last job was in Jacksonville.

At this point in his career, I don’t think anyone has great expectations for McCown. But he’s a guy that knows Koetter’s offensive system.

He can come in and keep the seat warm until Davis is firmly ready to move up to the No. 2 job.