August 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Chris Redman (8) throws a pass during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at the Georgia Dome. The Bengals beat the Falcons 24-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Chris Redman released by Falcons; Luke McCown signed

Longtime Falcons backup Chris Redman was released yesterday. It is obvious to fans that Redman wasn’t producing at a very high level in the preseason. It seemed whenever he was in the game, bad things happened. Well, really a lack of positive things. A multitude of incomplete passes and three-and-out possessions.

I don’t think Redman was very productive in the new offense that Dirk Koetter installed here in Atlanta. Whatever it was about the reads, protections, route combinations, whatever, Redman wasn’t particularly good at picking up the offense. It doesn’t help than he has a sub-par skill set either.

As good as Dominique Davis has played, this doesn’t open up the door for him to become the backup to starter Matt Ryan. As a result, the Falcons have brought in journeyman QB Luke McCown to play second fiddle on the Falcons team. McCown is clearly a worst case scenario, or a kneel-down only quarterback, but he isn’t just a warm body. McCown spent three seasons in Dirk Koetter’s offense in Jacksonville, and at least knows the offense well. Whether or not he can execute the plays is a different story, but here he is in Atlanta all the same.

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