Dominique Davis often looked overwhelmed during rookie minicamp but he was one of the undrafted free agents that drew praise from head coach Mike Smith recently.
"He's done some nice things," Smith said. "He's got a strong arm. He's very athletic. He'll get an opportunity to play in the [exhibition] games. He's been a very pleasant surprise."
According to The Falcoholic's Dave Choate, Davis could surprise and he wouldn't be surprised to see him as Matt Ryan's back up in the next few season. Choate's reasoning includes that the coaching staff has already noticed him as indicated by the praise coming from coach Smith. Chris Redmon is getting older and John Parker Wilson hasn't exactly excelled in any single area. Perhaps the biggest thing going for Davis according to Choate is the quarterback's natural talent.
Raw's a word we throw around a lot with UDFAs, but I don't think Davis is actually that raw. He may need a little mechanical tinkering and certainly will need some time to adjust to the NFL game, but his college days tell me he's a reasonably poised passer with a lot of physical ability. There's an opportunity here to groom a backup with some real upside, and I for one welcome that.
In the short term he will have the opportunity to try and impress in the preseason and convince the coaching staff that he is worthy of the No. 3 job. So even if Davis is relegated to the practice squad to start the season don't forget the name.