As I Predicted: Falcons Cut Shockley

Tim DarnellContributor ISeptember 5, 2009

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Backup quarterback D.J. Shockley #3 of the Atlanta Falcons looks downfield against the Baltimore Raves at Georgia Dome on September 3, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

As I said only a few days ago, the Falcons had to be leaning toward John Parker Wilson as third string QB. Fan favorite D.J. Shockley has been on the roster for four years, and was a draft pick of the former coaching and managerial regime.

On Saturday, the Falcons made official my unofficial prediction: Wilson, an undrafted free agent out of Alabama, will back up Chris Redman, as third string QB.

Both QBs played relatively well in the final preseason game against Baltimore. But it has been obvious for some time that Shockley's time in Atlanta had run out, and now it's official. Look for the Falcons to begin developing Wilson—a raw talent—into their own mold.