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Falcons waive quarterback Dominique Davis

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Dominique Davis was waived by the Falcons on Thursday. (Associated Press).

Dominique Davis was waived by the Falcons on Thursday. (Associated Press).

FLOWERY BRANCH — After trading for T.J. Yates, the Falcons have waived quarterback Dominique Davis on Thursday.

The Falcons have been living on the edge at the backup quarterback position.

In 2012, after cutting Chris Redmon they added Luke McCown as quarterback insurance, but didn’t re-sign him for 2013. Last season, Dominique Davis, a former undrafted player from East Carolinas, was the backup quarterback.

So basically, after making it through two seasons without a dependable and experienced backup, the Falcons pulled the trigger on a trade to land Marietta native T.J. Yates late Wednesday night from the Houston Texans.

The Falcons sent backup linebacker Akeem Dent to the Texans for Yates, who played at Pope High and the University of North Carolina.

“You always want to have an (experienced) backup quarterback if you can,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the conclusion on minicamp on Thursday. “That doesn’t always work out, but T.J. has played in games. He’s played in big games. He’s won a playoff game for the Houston Texans. So, he is an experienced player. We look forward to getting him here.”

Yates was traveling and unavailable for comment.

The Texans announced that Yates has lost an offseason quarterback competition and that they planned to release him. The release never became official and the Falcons were able to make a deal to get a player with some in-game NFL experience.

Yates, 27, was forced into action in during his rookie season after Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart suffered injuries. He made his first start against the Falcons.

Davis, 6-3, 210 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a college free agent following the 2012 NFL draft.

He served as the team’s backup quarterback last season making his NFL debut at Tampa Bay on November 11, 2013.

SCHEDULE

June 22 through 28 – Rookie Symposium, Aurora, Ohio.

July 22  – Rookies report to training camp.

July 23 — First practice of training camp.

PRACTICES WITH TEXANS — Wednesday, August 13 and Thursday, August 14.

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Round 1 / 6 — Jake Matthews, RT, 6-5, 308, Texas A&M

Round 2/37 – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE, 6-6, Minnesota

Round 3/68 – Dezmen Southward, FS, 6-0, 211, Wisconsin

Round 4/103 – Devonta Freeman, RB, 5-8, 206, Florida State

Round 4/139 – Prince Shembo, LB, 6-1, 253 Notre Dame

Round 5/147 – Ricardo Allen, CB, 5-9, 187, Purdue

Round 5/168 – Marquis Spruill, LB, 6-1, 231, Syracuse

Round 7/253 – Yawin Smallwood, LB, 6-2, 246, Connecticut

Round 7/255 – Tyler Starr, LB, 6-4, 250, South Dakota

 

 

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