AP photo by John Amis
Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks John Parker Wilson, right, and Matt Ryan work out during an NFL football training camp session Saturday.
John Parker Wilson is still third on the quarterback depth chart as he enters his fourth season with the Atlanta Falcons.
Matt Ryan is still the starter, and Chris Redman is No. 2. Redman got in five games last season and threw 28 passes.
The Falcons have signed a fourth quarterback, undrafted free agent Dominique Davis of East Carolina. He began his career at Boston College, oddly enough as Ryan’s backup. Davis is expected to challenge Wilson for the No. 3 spot.
Wilson, who started for Alabama’s 12-2 team in 2008, hasn’t gotten into an NFL regular-season game, but he has played in a handful of preseason contests. In eight games during 2009-11, Wilson has completed 77 out of 135 passes for 644 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions.
Sure, it’s not much, but how many people can say they’ve been on an NFL roster for three years?
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Former Tide QB John Parker Wilson (backwards hat) waits out the rain while watching little brother Ross in today’s NCAA regional. Sitting beside him is Mike Johnson, a recent Atlanta Falcon draftee Mike Johnson (red shirt).
The tarp looks like its coming up and baseball could be returning soon.
No, not Mr. Irrelevant, but Mike Johnson was the final pick of the NFL draft’s second day. He’ll be heading to Atlanta as the 98th overall pick, rejoining John Parker Wilson for whom he blocked for two seasons with the Tide.
That’s it for the day.
Stay tuned stating at 9 a.m. Saturday to see if Colin Peek, Brandon Deaderick, Roy Upchurch, Eryk Anders, and/or Cory Reamer land in one of the final three rounds.
While former Alabama teammate Andre Smith continued his holdout, Glen Coffee started his first preseason game of his 49er career. The Crimson Tide leading rusher from a year ago ran 14 times for a team-high 67 yards in a 17-16 win over the Broncos. Read a little more on Coffee here.
A few other ex-Tide turn NFL rookies could make preseason debuts today.
- Antoine Caldwell and the Houston Texans play the Chiefs at 7 p.m. Read a little more about the center taken in the third round of the draft by clicking here.
- John Parker Wilson will get one quarter to prove himself in today’s game at Detroit. According to this Atlanta Journal Constitution story, all four Falcon QBs will play a quarter against the pathetic Lions who will send another former SEC quarterback out for his debut — No. 1 pick Matt Stafford.
- As mentioned previously, Smith is still not practicing or playing for the Bengals. The sixth pick of the draft is talking with Cincinnati about ending the hold out according to this story. Stay tuned for updates on this story.
Confused? Don’t be.
Just check out this link to the Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer War Eagle Extra blog. I answered five questions that face Alabama this fall so check it out. While you’re there, I’d recommend reading some of the other opponent previews done by beat writer Andy Bitter.
Read Sunday’s paper for an in-depth look at new Tide quarterback Greg McElroy as he takes over for John Parker Wilson.
It’s been a nice quiet weekend following the three SEC Media Days spent in Hoover. That event is pure madness and if you read the blog, you’d know that.
Take a look at the new poll question just posted. It is a feature that has gained popularity as of late and I encourage you to keep at it. This week’s question: Who will be Alabama’s MVP this fall. Vote away.
If you read Sunday’s paper, you’d see a John Parker Wilson story I wrote based on an interview conducted Saturday afternoon in Decatur after he signed autographs at Martin’s on the Beltline. As I was leaving, a group of teenage girls leave the store, I was reminded of his “heart throb status.”
These young ladies nearly fainted as they screamed “Oh my God. He is soooooo hot.” It was funny so I thought I’d pass it along on this slow Sunday evening.
It’s back to work time, but I certainly hope you had a nice Father’s Day weekend. My dad made his first journey to Decatur over the weekend and I think he had a good time. Everyone was hospitable and welcoming, so good job Decatur.
But while I was entertaining my parents, there were a few nuggets of Alabama news. The ever-important world of recruiting saw three more high school seniors-to-be commit to the Crimson Tide on Saturday.
Thomasville punter Jay Williams, Deshler cornerback Deion Belue and Russelville’s Brent Calloway all made their intentions to play at Alabama public. That brings Alabama’s comittment total from the class of 2010 to 16 with a long way to go before February’s signing day.
In Decatur, John Parker Wilson apparently caused quite a stir when he signed autographs at the mall. Check out the photo gallery here. According to the story in Sunday’s Daily, there were 1,500 fans who showed up for a signature from the three-year starting quarterback.
And just in case you are reading this from work and need a U.S. Open update, Lucas Glover (-4) leads Ricky Barnes by one stroke at the turn. Tiger and Phil are stumbling. Further updates to follow.
UPDATE: Phil is not struggling anymore. He has a short eagle putt to tie to the lead.
UPDATE 2: Phil couldn’t finish the deal. Glover wins.
The headline told most of the story, but former Crimson Tide QB John Parker Wilson will be signing autographs Saturday by the Dillards at the mall in Dacatur. The signing, sponsored by the American Red Cross, will cost fans $10.
It will begin at 10 a.m. and run through 1 p.m. but from what I just heard on the mid-day news, doors will be opening early to allow any fans on line a chance to escape the out door furnace.
Forgive me, but it’s early May. Baseball is the most exciting sport on the map for now. (This is, however, a Manny-free zone. No steroid talk here)
Check out Friday’s paper for a profile on the Crimson Tide’s most recognizable ballplayer, Ross Wilson. The brother of former Tide quarterback John Parker Wilson, Ross is making a name for himself as an emerging star on the ball field. He was a preseason All-American who has upped his batting average 55 points from where it was last season as a freshman.
Also a star on MTV’s Two-A-Days reality show while in high school, Ross Wilson takes plenty of heat from hecklers. Read more about that tomorrow.
Come back to the blog tomorrow to read some of the extra tidbits that did not make the story.
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