A Battle For The Falcons No. 2 QB Slot

Tim DarnellContributor IAugust 17, 2009

ATLANTA - AUGUST 22: Quarterback Chris Redman #8 of the Atlanta Falcons sets to pass against the Tennessee Titans at the Georgia Dome on August 22, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

The next three games for the Falcons will likely be focused on determining who will be Matt Ryan's backup for his sophmore season.

Chris Redman, currently No. 2 on the depth chart, was brought in by former head coach Bobby Petrino, who coached the QB in college. Redman was one of the few bright spots of the Petrino era, and it can be argued the Redman saved whatever dignity was left in the franchise after the Vick debacle.

Former Georgia Bulldog D.J. Shockley is No. 3, but you can make the strong argument that Shockley outplayed Redman in the preseason opener.

And don't forget undrafted free agent John Parker Wilson, who led Nick Saban's squad over at Alabama last year.

Shockley is a fan favorite, and he arguably had his best game ever as a Falcon last weekend.

Even though Ryan took all the snaps in his rookie season, there's always the possibility that last season's Rookie of the Year could go down (remember when Vick went down in the preseason with a broken leg, and it wound up costing Dan Reeves his job?)

This could be the most interesting battle to watch over the next three games.