This week was great because we all finally got our wish with the Atlanta Falcons shaking up their quarterback room by replacing Marcus Mariota with Desmond Ridder.
We all assumed that Mariota would enter the Falcons’ next game against the Saints as the backup quarterback to Ridder, but turns out, Mariota might not even be the backup as the team has just signed a new quarterback.
Atlanta Falcons might have just signed their new backup quarterback
It was announced on Saturday that the Atlanta Falcons had signed quarterback Logan Woodside off of the Tennessee Titans practice squad. This might be a foreshadowing of Marcus Mariota being listed as the third quarterback on the depth chart.
Who would have ever guessed that Arthur Smtih would bring in a Tennessee Titan?
Since the Falcons are signing Woodside off of a practice squad, it means they signed him to their active 53-man roster. To make room for him they cut linebacker Nate Landman.
Now that Woodside is on the active roster and considering Mariota just got benched, we may have just seen Arthur Smith protect Mariota from blame only to demote him to third-string quarterback a couple weeks later. What a crazy turn of events that is.
It is hard to imagine that the Falcons would be confident having Mariota and Ridder be one and two on the depth chart to all of a sudden be so nervous about the two switching places that they bring in a new quarterback. It, obviously, does not make sense.
That is why we can presume that Mariota is essentially finished this year and Woodside would be the backup. Maybe, Arthur saw something from years prior that makes him think he could be a legit backup in the future.
There are certainly unanswered questions, but it seriously seems like Mariota just got demoted twice in one week and that his season is finished.