Former Falcon And Dawg DJ Shockley May Join Omaha Nighthawks

Flowers bloom, leaves fall, babies are born, and DJ Shockley gets cut by the Falcons. Time marches on.

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DJ Shockley To Compete With JaMarcus Russell For Starting Job?

According to the National Football Post, former Dawgs and Falcons quarterback DJ Shockley will attend minicamp with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks.

The quarterbacks listed in one place or the other on the team’s website within the past few days: former Redskin Patrick Ramsey, journeyman Brian St. Pierre, and sizzurp enthusiast JaMarcus Russell. Russell, as we recall, is the only first-round quarterback bust who’s currently also physically busty.

For Shockley, Omaha is a long way from the 2005 SEC Championship Game. That game will likely go down as the game of his career, as he quarterbacked the Dawgs to a convincing victory over the LSU Tigers led by … JaMarcus Russell.

Russell was listed on the Nighthawks' roster over the weekend, yet wasn't included in a front page poll on which Nighthawk we’re most excited about. (Everyone's losing to Rocky Ross, whom you’ve never heard of. Nebraskans thirst for mystery, especially mysteries that sound like rappers from Miami.)

I'd say there's a 49% chance Russell is actually on the team, meaning [completion percentage joke]. 


Falcons Waive Local Hero Quarterback DJ Shockley, As Is Annual Custom

Is it time for the Falcons' version of Mario West to make his mark elsewhere? Well, probably not.


The Atlanta Falcons waived backup quarterback and former UGA star D.J. Shockley, the club announced Friday afternoon... The move puts the Falcons at the 80-man training camp roster limit, assuming their final two unsigned draft choices - LB Sean Weatherspoon and WR Kerry Meier - agree to terms with the club... In his four seasons with the team, Shockley did not see any action in regular season games. He was designated the team's emergency quarterback for all 16 games in the 2006 and 2008 seasons, plus a playoff game in Arizona at the end of the 2008 season.

Shockley has been juggled among the Falcons active roster, practice squad, and no-man's-land for several years now, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the Branch at some point this season. In the dark days of 2007, he was actually favored to start in the absence of Michael Vick until injuring both his MCL and ACL in preseason.

More glorious but less compensated days saw Shockley leading the 2005 Bulldogs to the SEC title, winning Championship Game MVP honors, and earning a First-Team All-SEC appearance.

(Bookmarking this post for next year.)

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