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Falcons to start Redman in Saturday's preseason opener

FLOWERY BRANCH - Chris Redman has edged out rookie Matt Ryan and will start at quarterback in the Atlanta Falcons' preseason opener Saturday night at Jacksonville.

Based on how often he has worked with the first-team offense in training camp, Ryan, the NFL's No. 3 overall draft pick, would likely be the first quarterback to replace Redman in the exhibition game.

D.J. Shockley and Joey Harrington are essentially battling for the third-string job, but Falcons coach Mike Smith wants all four quarterbacks to play against the Jaguars.

'And as we go through the preseason, we will start a different quarterback in a different game,' Smith said Thursday. 'That's the plan right now. We're going to make sure that all of our guys have an opportunity to play with the first unit. It's an open competition for those guys, and this will be the first opportunity for them.'