August 2, 2007
Flowery Branch -- Heading into his second year in the NFL, former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley knew he'd have a chance to be the back-up QB for the Atlanta Falcons, but Shockley couldn't have imagined the mess the teams quarterback situation would become.
Before the NFL draft, Atlanta traded away Matt Schaub, the number-two quarterback on the depth chart last season, opening up the back-up position.
But with starter Michael Vick indicted on federal dog-fighting conspiracy charges, likely missing some, if not all of the season, Atlanta will need to find a new starter as well.
Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino has elevated former Lions and Dolphins signal-caller Joey Harrington to the top spot, with Shockley and former Ravens QB Chris Redman battling for the back-up position.
Shockley has the least amount of experience of the three, not making it onto the field in his rookie season.
While both Harrington and Redman have held starting positions in the NFL, Shockley says he's looking to earn a spot.
"Whatever situation they bring, I'm preparing myself to be the #1 guy, the #2 guy," says Shockley. "Whatever it takes to be on this team, I'm gonna do it."
The Falcons open the season September 9th at Minnesota.