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Falcons to go with untested backup QB

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff does not believe that the team needs an experienced quarterback to back up Matt Ryan.

"It's not unsettling at all," Dimitroff said about not having a veteran backup behind Ryan. "Where Matt is with his development, this is a time, in our mind, that we can bring a guy like Dom Davis up and continue to develop him."

Chris Redman served as his main backup for four seasons before being released in 2012. Last season, Luke McCown was Ryan's backup.

It appears that Dominique Davis, who went undrafted in 2012, is the leader to win the No. 2 position. He had a stellar career at East Carolina after transferring from Boston College, where he spent a season as Ryan's backup.

The Falcons drafted former Duke quarterback Sean Renfree in the seventh round of the draft. He's recovering from a shoulder injury and may not be able to throw until training camp. Also, the Falcons signed Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege.

"Dom has done a really nice job with Matt," Dimitroff said. "They work together very well. We've had some very good and smart football players come through here to work with Matt."

Renfree and Doege will compete for the third quarterback spot.

Renfree passed for 6,352 yards while completing 63.4 percent of his pass attempts (601 or 948) for the Blue Devils.

Last season, Doege broke the school-record for career completion percentage (69) while throwing 39 touchdown passes.

"As a team, we are ready to bring another younger guy along and really try to develop him into a No. 2," Dimitroff said. "(Davis) obviously will be competing with our other quarterbacks to be the No. 2, but he'll have some time here and experience in this system that will work in his favor I'm sure."

In addition to Doege, the Falcons signed 23 other undrafted rookie free agents including North Carolina kicker Casey Barth, Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy, Fresno State wide receiver Rashad Evans, Central Florida offensive guard Theo Goins, Arkansas running back Ronnie Wingo, Appalachian State wide receiver Troy Sanders, Colorado State cornerback Momo Thomas and Northern Illinois wide receiver Martel Moore