Posted: 3:51 pm Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Falcons waive quarterback Dominique Davis 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

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.

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50 comments
Bogey
Bogey

First off, while the Texans initial intent was to release Yates, they reconsidered because once that word got out, several teams contacted them to arrange a trade.  Dixon obviously didn't show mgmt. enough for them to be confident that he could handle the QB role in a pinch or longer.  Yates does have successful experience and will be cheap.


Now as far as Akeem Dent goes (sorry Dawgs fans) he was sub-par and obviously doesn't fit well in the new 3/4 alignment.  If they cut him, it would have cost the Falcons a $750K cap hit - this move was a better choice.


In the end, it's likely none of the players in this scenario will make an impact for any of the teams involved.  Everybody relax.

zuzu331
zuzu331

Its good to see in writing the 'Almighty' JSSN's HATRED of this team and it's fans. Terms he uses like 'your ilk' and 'your kind' belie his HATRED of people on this blog. We are viewed as backward boobs to be heckled,belittled and insulted right out in the open. It warms my heart to see tigers show their stripes,as they always do.

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

Yeah----  Davis had talent, but didn't standout as a guy who could take Matt Ryans  place. But he did get paid for several years-- so I wish him well. Tj does have some experience, so it's a no- brainer. Now let's see what Dirk Koetter can do with this kid.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

You folks are asinine.

So, Dom "Let me hold the ball another second or two while I process what I see" Davis was being held down by the Falcons!! Priceless, the Lot of you.

.....and for the folks that say "A Team" in the NFL was offering picks up for that guy -- I pray for you. Fitzpatrick, Hassleback, Cousins, the other McCown weren't good enough backups to be moved for a pick, but Davis had Teams serving up draft choices to the Falcons. Love It.

JSS -- This is where your hatred of the Falcons comes home to roost. You're stuck in a room with these clowns.

Ackshun
Ackshun

So last season the Falcons fought to keep Davis when teams wanted to trade for him. They keep him on the bench all year and cut him for a guy that couldn't make the Texans.  AND they cut him and leave 2 lesser experienced quarterbacks in camp. You know who this works for, DAVIS. He was never going to get a shot in ATL no matter how well he played. Having seen him in action, he can throw farther than Ryan with a higher degree of accuracy and speed and he is more mobile.  Hope we get a chance to see that someplace else (maybe the Saints).  This franchise has been plagued by poor personnel decisions and this one is just the latest. Yates was only good until DCs had enough film on him to figure him out.  Once that happened he was awful. Bad move TD once again fixing something that wasn't broken.


TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Can't wait for Hard Knocks - rhymes with dumb as rocks!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

I want a trademark on the name Dummytroff! I also want a trademark on the name Boy Genius!

King Arthur is not far behind!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Getting a solid backup is always the proper move - maybe Pioli is helping Mr Dummytroff figure out how the NFL works!

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

Yet another example of incompetence in Flowery Branch.

moboman
moboman

Could this be another Farve blunder in the making?  I hope Davis gets a chance to have a career somewhere. While we put all our money on twinkletoes.

JSSN
JSSN

@DOrlando Ledbetter

I asked you back in January if they were saying anything about Davis, your silence spoke volumes. I don't hate T.J. Yates. I spent too much time in 2011 telling folks that he was going to beat Ryan head-to-head when they played in Houston. But he is a number 3 QB like Rex Grossman is a 3. These folks are stealing veteran money! This roster is now comprised of the hand picked evaluations of the man who thought Blaine Gabbert was salvageable! This is a mess!

Wink77
Wink77

Falcons have no conscience!  They keep DJ Shockley around for years, he did as they wanted him to do, then they waive him.  They keep Donnie Davis around for years, he does what they want him to do and they waive him.  Both of these guys knew the offense and never caused any trouble in the FAMED locker room.  


Davis got jobbed, after he beat out Chris Redmon & Parker Wilson in preseason they bring McGown in on last day and hand him the #2 QB spot.  There was really no reason he could not have gotten game experience last year in the 4-12 highlight reel.  


Truth be told, he should have been on the field, when we came up 10 yards short of the Superbowl.  Ryan wrecked his shoulder on the next to last play and was not able to throw that last pass.  At that moment Davis ability & health was extremely better than Ryan; we're talk only 10 -15 yards from pay dirt and the Smith leaves Ryan in the game or Ryan trying to prove he's tough at wrong time.


But I get it, no more QB controversies for Falcons, since the exodus of MV7....but TJ Yates...really! From downright released to #2...only in ATLANTA!


JEK2670
JEK2670

I just cannot wait until we get rid of all of the Jacksonville connected coaches and players.  Davis was never given a chance but you cut him for someone that is about to get cut is totally stupid.  The new dome will be empty if the falcons continue on the road they are going.  The falcons will not win more than 6 to 8 games.  The dome will have 30,000 steeler fans in December if the falcons fall on there face again. 

BeastOPS
BeastOPS

I don't really understand why trading a backup for another backup is causing all of the uproar.  You guys need to relax.

ReggieTheMailman
ReggieTheMailman

TJ Yates was indeed about to get released...head scratcher to say the least. The Falcons brought in Vilma but signed a linebacker from the Texans....when the Falcons find a team they like they try to get every reject they can from their roster...ie the Jacksonville Jaguar purge a few years ago.

seminoleking
seminoleking

its a atlanta sports team folks.........what else would you expect??? trade a linebacker, from a team that NEEDS linebackers, for a quarterback who is WORST than the one they traded away. davis has a MONSTER arm and could start on a lot of teams if given the opportunity.........but thats the failcants for you.......

STL_Falcon
STL_Falcon

So they traded for a player about to be released?

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Oh, you may want to check your "facts" before posting. What Marshawn Lynch were you watching in your fantasy world? It's Buffalo! And he had back-to-back 1,000+ yard seasons with 15 TDs to open his career!

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Good morning Sunshine, no, only you and few others perceive it that way. Nothing is as funny and sad as your rants. By the way, a tiger's stripes are genetically part of their epidermis, not just their fur. Moral, stop pissing yourself because you've had now 7 other QBs pass through Flowery Branch via two different coordinators and QB coaches. Only 1 constant remains, Ryan. That's not hatred, that's pure truth. No development, just a turn still. #Palabra

JSSN
JSSN

@DarlaLewis

Koetter hasn't coached up anyone, and I mean anyone. You better hope Yates still has some of the 2011 DNA (pre film) in him.

JSSN
JSSN

@BigCrimson75

Nope, that is why I keep the rest of the league foremost. Dennis Dixon and Yates himself made that choice easy! :) G-D-I my friend, then you only have answer for yourself!

Cedrickc
Cedrickc

@Ackshun This is a great point! There were teams that wanted Davis so the Falcons did everything to hold on too him. But know you they believe a guy who was about to be released would be a better fit. Wait didn't TJ get his chance to start in the NFL? Yep he did and since then he has been where, on the bench. Houston got rid of Schuab so TJ should have been  good enough to become the starter but NOPE. Houston brought in a reject from Buffalo to anoint as the next coming and told TJ he was not worthy to be a starter or a worthy back up and we are going to drop you. This was the guy won the last Playoff game the Texans had played! He was not good enough to stay on the roster.  Well thats until the Falcons made the mistake of trading for him LOL.

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

If this guy EVER gets another job in the NFL (Davis) Roddy White and I will buy you season tickets - guaranteed!

TreeRollins
TreeRollins

Davis sucked the big one - no one else in the NFL will want him. If we had needed to use him we would have lost every game - even Tebow would be far better!

DforDawgs
DforDawgs

@Wink77


It breaks my heart to see guys like DJ and David Greene and Eric Zier not make it in the NFL they were three of the best all-time QB's in SEC. We got the kid from Marietta at LSwho hope he kixbuttox!!!

JSSN
JSSN

@Wink77

He was beat out by Ryan Fitzgerald (the modern day NFL version of Steve DeBerg). There's only one more indignity worse than this, hint: It includes Rex Grossman and people getting fired!

JSSN
JSSN

@Wink77

Overthinking it, it doesn't matter if Steve Young was sitting on the Atlanta bench. They only want that QB meeting room catering to the Matt Ryan system. We found out during the Tampa game (the blowout loss) what was going to be the deal with Davis. The minute he went down when the line melted down, it was over. It is all about the meeting room. If you think they are going to "develop" Matthews or Renfree, then you're still thinking Sean Weatherspoon is going to the "Pro Bowl in 2014!" #Palabra

Cedrickc
Cedrickc

@Wink77 Yep, they have just handed the backup job to a QB who could not hold the starter position in Houston even after they handed too him. Nice to see Smitty was in love with this backup all these years! Falcons should have been in love with bringing in a real pass rusher!!

JackClemens
JackClemens

@JEK2670 Why all the love for a UFA noone has ever heard of who will never do anything in the league? Did you go to East Carolina?

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

@STL_Falcon


If this is true that he was about to be released, ( no matter how bad Dent was, because it is not like we are deep at linebacker) then the Falcons quartet of GM's are dumber than a box of rocks!

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331 And where did Lynch get a second chance after he wore out his welcome in Buffalo? Seattle. Nitpick and obfuscate all you want,my point stands and remains valid.

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331 Okay,Buffalo. Whatever. You must mean a Turnstile. I may not be Mr Pocket Protector Internet Search Queen like you,but at least Im not a blowhard,know it all racist. You are just Butthurt because Mr.Irrelevant Davis got cut. Ohhhh,Sorry.Too Soon? Who cares how many QB s have passed through or that Sheldon Cooper BS about tigers? Oooohh,Destroy' me some more,Sheldon. Nahh,Nahhh...

zuzu331
zuzu331

@Cedrickc So Marshawn Lynch didnt stink up New England before being given another chance in Seattle? I think he did. Favre wasnt simply waiting in the wings,when Majkowski went down? I believe so. Its all a crapshoot.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

You're just a little tirade thrower! Your point is not valid, you said the man played in "New England!" You said: "He skunked up" his time there (Buffalo, not New England)! Lynch was with a dysfunctional franchise and even though he was a off-the-field issue waiting to happen; he was a force in 3 of his 4 seasons there! 

Dominique Davis being cut doesn't hurt me one bit, just more proof that they don't have a clue in evaluating talent (took them two seasons huh), hey how long did it take them to finally cut the cord on John Parker Wilson? I don't have to call you names, your posts do a good enough of proving you're a lightweight! You're just a mess!

JSSN
JSSN

@Cedrickc

You were trying to talk sense to the epitome of blog ignorance.

Here's what folks in Green Bay thought of the last days of Don Majkowski in Title Town and the ascension of Brett Favre. They believed so much in The Magic Man (sarcasm) that they had a 3 way QB competition in camp! 

That knuckle head with the geography issue is a joke. Almost as big of joke as there is going to be "real competition" in the Falcons preseason! A "crap shoot" is something for someone who doesn't understand odds and circumstances. 

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331 @Cedrickc

"So Marshawn Lynch didnt stink up New England before being given another chance in Seattle?"

Anybody else want to help this dimwit out before I'm called names for correcting him (again)? SMDH

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331 @Cedrickc JSSN,why do you use those special little Text Speak acronyms all the time? SMDH,GDI...Who does that? I dont know anyone over the age of sixteen that does that. You are one painfully creepy little individual,arent you?

zuzu331
zuzu331

@JSSN @zuzu331 @Cedrickc JSSN:Okay,Buffalo. Im sure youll tell us how you were there at both cities,saw him play and told em all how Lynch would be back in Seattle. Whatever,'Duuuude'. The nitpicking doesnt change the point I was making.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

But you're still here, stay out of grown folks conversations next time.

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

Don't be mad cause you don't know what "G-D-I" means. Ask Big Crimson (it was addressed to him, not you gasp), he'll let you in. Better that than "WPP," "CFA," "CMS," "HC,"...etc. You're a child playing at being an adult with perspective! "New England," ha ha, that is new level even for you!

JSSN
JSSN

Ha ha, let me wait while the fool tries to get his thoughts in order! Sarcasm is a thing that flies over your simple mind. 

4-12, nothing gets under your skin more! Oops "Hademan!"

Before you repost, thanks a lot 10 year old! (See below)

JSSN
JSSN

@zuzu331

No, I know who I was addressing and it was not you. Therefore, you injected yourself. As far as for the Lynch mess, I gave someone else a chance to help you with your geography and fact issues, but no one stepped up to the plate. Most likely they are just use to your tripe.