May 12, 2012; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Dominique Davis (14) drops back to throw during Falcons rookie camp at the Atlanta Falcons Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE
If there was ever an undrafted free agent with a clear path to a job, it is Dominique Davis.
That's not to say that Davis is assured a role as Matt Ryan's backup, or even replacing John Parker Wilson as the team's third-stringer. The Falcons probably aren't going to elevate a rookie who wasn't drafted to be the starting quarterback should Ryan suffer an injury. That makes logical sense.
Nonetheless, within the next two seasons, I believe you will see Davis as the team's backup. After the jump, why I believe this is inevitable.
Reason #1: The Coaching Staff Likes Him
When Mike Smith singles you out and says this....
"He’s done some nice things," Smith said. "He’s got a strong arm. He’s very athletic. He’ll get an opportunity to play in the [exhibition] games. He’s been a very pleasant surprise."
...you're doing just fine. It's extremely encouraging that he's already drawn Smitty's notice, and given the dearth of competitors at quarterback, he could very well stick around as a practice squad option.
Reason #2: His Competition Is Weak
This year, more than likely, Rojohombre and John Parker Wilson are entrenched as Ryan's two backups. How much longer can that continue?
Redman has been trending downward over the last season or two and certainly isn't getting any younger; this could be his last year with the team. JPW has never stood out and lacks the strong arm and athleticism that Davis was just praised for. With a year to learn the playbook and practice with the team, Davis should be able to smoke them both, assuming they're both even still in Atlanta.
Reason #3: He Has Natural Talent
Raw's a word we throw around a lot with UDFAs, but I don't think Davis is actually that raw. He may need a little mechanical tinkering and certainly will need some time to adjust to the NFL game, but his college days tell me he's a reasonably poised passer with a lot of physical ability. There's an opportunity here to groom a backup with some real upside, and I for one welcome that.
Your thoughts on Davis?