The Atlanta Falcons announced today they released quarterback D.J. Shockley. This didn’t come as much of a shock since the Falcons already had an initialed quarterback in J.P. Wilson. I believe NFL rules prohibit having more than one at a position.
The former Georgia standout was the 12th (or 13th if you count Brad Smith) and final quarterback taken in the 2006 NFL Draft. That draft class featured Vince Young, Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler.
Shockley was a fan favorite from this days at North Clayton High School and the University of Georgia. Sadly, he never saw any game action outside of the preseason and his time in Atlanta (besides the practice squad) may be over for good.
All may not be lost for Shockley though. The Seahawks resurrected a quarterback from that same draft class with little or no game experience in Charlie Whitehurst. So while this may not be a positive move, there is hope for Shockley somewhere in the NFL.
With this cut, the Falcons are now at the 80-man roster limit for training camp.