Falcons cut Redman, bring in McCown as No. 2 QB

The Atlanta Falcons have a new backup for Matt Ryan.

Chris Redman, who spent the last four seasons as Atlanta’s No. 2

quarterback, was released Tuesday so the team could sign Luke


McCown spent the past three seasons with the Jacksonville

Jaguars, making two starts among his eight appearances. He worked

with Dirk Koetter, who is now the Falcons’ offensive coordinator,

which undoubtedly contributed to the decision to bring in someone

new to back up Ryan.

Originally a fourth-round pick by Cleveland in 2004, McCown also

played with Tampa Bay. He signed with New Orleans before the start

of training camp this year, but was cut by the Saints on


One day later, he had a new team.

Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons, the last four as

Ryan’s little-used reserve. Redman struggled in the preseason,

completing just 53 percent of his passes with one interception.

The signing of McCown completes a shake-up at the quarterback

position behind Ryan. Last weekend, Atlanta (No. 13 in APPro32)

released third-stringer John Parker Wilson, deciding rookie free

agent Dominique Davis had more upside after a promising


”Dominique has done a very nice job,” coach Mike Smith said.

”He’s made plays when he’s had opportunities. When you tell guys

you’re going to have an open competition, you want guys to come out

and compete and that’s what he’s done. You want to have that

competition when you build your roster because that’s how you get

your strongest roster.”

Redman, it turned out, was competing with someone who wasn’t

even on the roster. The Falcons were concerned about how much the

offense would drop off if they lost Ryan for a significant amount

of time, so they decided to go with McCown. Also, the new backup is

four years younger than the 35-year-old Redman.

”We want our guys to compete until the very end,” Smith said.

”It’s a tough time of year.”

The Falcons (1-2) close out the preseason at Jacksonville (2-1)

on Thursday.

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