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Falcons Release Chris Redman, Sign Luke McCown

The Atlanta Falcons have released quarterback Chris Redman and signed quarterback Luke McCown.

Redman was originally selected in the third round (75th overall) by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2000 NFL Draft. He was out of football for four years before the Falcons signed him in 2007. Redman spent five seasons with the Falcons as Matt Ryan’s backup. Over his nine-year career, Redman has completed 286 of 500 passes for 3,179 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

McCown was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He spent last year with the Jacksonville Jaguars, starting two games. He was cut by the New Orleans Saints on Saturday after being signed as a free agent. McCown has spent eight years in the league, completing 184 of 316 passes for 2,035 yards, nine touchdowns, and 14 interceptions.

The release of Redman gives Dominique Davis a great chance at becoming the immediate backup to Ryan. Davis has been having a great preseason, and he was able to beat out John Parker Wilson for the third string quarterback spot.

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Preseason Observations Week 2: Falcons vs. Bengals

The Atlanta Falcons came up short 24-19 against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. This loss marks the Falcons’ sixth consecutive preseason loss dating back to last preseason.

Continuing the theme from last game, the Falcons (offensive) starters looked great, and the backups looked not-so-great.

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Preseason Observations Week 1: Falcons vs. Ravens

Although the Atlanta Falcons fell to the Baltimore Ravens 31-17, the first-teamers looked sharp. It was everything Falcons fans have wanted to see from this team: an aggressive offense that picks up yardage in chunks and stifling defense that gives the opposing offense nothing.

Now, I know it’s only preseason, but these games do matter; they just don’t count. And thank goodness they don’t count, because the Falcons backups are mighty close to being abysmal. Their horrific performance would have cost the Falcons a win in the regular season.

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Friday Night Lights Recap

I wasn’t able to attend the Friday Night Lights scrimmage, but the Atlanta Falcons’ Twitter page provided updates.

Apparently, defensive end Lawrence Sidbury shined. He sacked backup quarterback Chris Redman on the first play of the scrimmage’s second half and again on a third down situation. There’s been speculation of Sidbury flourishing in defensive coordinator Mike Nolan’s scheme. If we’re putting a lot of stock into the scrimmage, that speculation could prove to be true.

Newly acquired cornerback Asante Samuel did what he does best: he intercepted a pass from quarterback Matt Ryan intended for wide receiver Julio Jones and took it to the house.

Another highlight of the night was a deep bomb from Ryan to wide receiver Roddy White.

Again, it’s only a scrimmage, but it’s nice to see members of the team performing well.

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All Quiet on the Falcon Front

The Atlanta Falcons have been extremely quiet this free agency period. They have signed guard Vince Manuwai and middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu, formerly of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. In addition to these signings, they have brought back rotational defensive end Kroy Biermann, starting free safety Thomas DeCoud, slot receiver Harry Douglas, backup quarterback Chris Redman, backup running back Jason Snelling, and rotational defensive tackle Vance Walker.

They put the franchise tag on Brent Grimes (which he has no plans to sign). Backup tight end Michael Palmer and backup running back Antone Smith were also signed.

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Free Agent News

Vance WalkerChris Redman, and Harry Douglas have been re-signed.

Eric Weems is now a Chicago Bear.  The Falcons will need to sign a kick/punt returner to fill that void.

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