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Is Matt Schaub locked in as the backup quarterback for Atlanta?

D. Orlando Ledbetter took a lengthy look recently, and the answer is a resounding maybe.

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When the Falcons signed Matt Schaub, the once and former Atlanta quarterback who the team traded to Houston many moons ago, we all more or less decided that he'd be the backup quarterback this year on the spot. His competition is Sean Renfree and Matt Simms, more or less, and neither one of those guys has shown enough to beat out a Kyle Shanahan favorite with enough experience to be a teacher on offense.

D. Orlando Ledbetter at the AJC ecently took a look at the quarterback position, and while you come away with the impression that the team would like Schaub to stick around, it's not exactly fated.

"It’s great to have Matt Schaub back," Ryan said. "His experience, a guy who’s been here in Atlanta before, it’s fun to be a part of that. He’s a guy who can really help me."

Schaub will have to beat out Sean Renfree and Matt Simms to be the No. 2 quarterback. The Falcons could elect to carry three signal-callers and have Schaub as kind of a player-coach.

The Falcons would likely prefer not to carry three quarterbacks, and while Schaub figures to be a font of knowledge for this team, as a quarterback he's been lackluster for a while and has looked pretty shaky thus far this spring. On a level playing field that only took into consideration ability as a quarterback, Schaub would probably lose to one of Renfree or Sims in much the same fashion that former Shanahan QB Rex Grossman did last summer. Because of his grasp of Shanahan's system and the team's struggles to learn said system a year ago, though, Schaub is going to have a legitimate shot. Regardless of how this turns out, please stay healthy, Matt Ryan!

The backup quarterback spot might wind up coming down to a real battle, in other words. Stay tuned.