Thursday August 7, 2008
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Chris Redman has edged out rookie
Matt Ryan and will start at quarterback in the Atlanta Falcons'
preseason opener Saturday night at Jacksonville.
Based on how often he has worked with the first-team offense in
training camp, Ryan, the NFL's No. 3 overall draft pick, probably
will be the first quarterback to replace Redman in the exhibition
D.J. Shockley and Joey Harrington are essentially battling for
the third-string job, but Falcons coach Mike Smith wants all four
quarterbacks to play against the Jaguars.
The Falcons signed Ryan, a former Boston College standout, to a
six-year, $72 million contract last month that includes about
$34.75 million in guarantees.
Smith, a first-year head coach, and Atlanta's new offensive
coordinator, Mike Mularkey, won't rush Ryan onto the field, but the
rookie's accuracy and understanding of the scheme helped him
surpass Shockley and Harrington on the depth chart.
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