The news out of the Atlanta Falcons training camp involves the starting quarterback spot. Veteran Joey Harrington, who started last season, is now third on the depth chart. Rookie Matt Ryan has moved into the primary back up spot and veteran Chris Redman looks to be the new starter. That is at least for now.

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The Falcons, who are still dealing with the loss of Michael Vick, who is presently serving time in a federal penitentiary, are trying to find a way to win more than four games this season. Recently, I picked Atlanta to go 4-12 and to finish last in the NFC South. The hope is that QB Chris Redman can stabilize the passing game and generate more wins.

Redman Scouting Report

In four seasons, Redman has played in 17 games, completing 56.2-percent of his passes and connecting for 17 touchdowns. He’s thrown 10 interceptions and earned a rating of 79.5. Last season, his first with Atlanta, his completion rate was 59.7-percent. He notched a QB rating of 90.4, while throwing 10 touchdowns and five picks. Along with putting up some good stats last year, he also proved to be the better quarterback in this year’s training camp.

Atlanta’s Attack

If Redman can generate offense, then Ryan, the probable future of the club, will have time to develop. There’s some decent depth in the receiving corps and the running game has been upgraded with the addition of LaDanian Tomlinson’s backup, free-agent Michael Turner (71 ATT, 316 YDS, 4.5 AVG, 1 TD).

Redman will be the first-string quarterback for the preseason opener versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on August 9. Depending on how he performs, rookie Matt Ryan could possibly get some snaps too.

Paul mroczka
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