The Falcons, perhaps growing uncomfortable with their backup quarterback situation, have journeyman Rex Grossman in for a workout and physical, head coach Dan Quinn said on Tuesday.
“He’s going to a physical this morning and then workout this afternoon,” Quinn said.
Last week, a report surfaced that Grossman turned down an offer from the Jets because he wanted to reunite with Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and play for the Falcons. He played for Shanahan in Washington.
At that time, the Falcons were not interested and were pleased with T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree. But after both Yates and Renfree struggled against the New York Jets’ reserves, the team may have had a change of heart.
“Just like at every position, we are happy the two guys we have,” Quinn said. “But when there is a time to come and workout somebody and see wehre he’s at. See where the players at and how he can help or improve (the team). We’re going to look at that at every chance we get.”
Grossman, 35, the former Florida Gator, was drafted 22nd overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 draft. He has started 47 games over his career and helped the Bears reach Super Bowl XLI, where they defeated 29-17 by the Indianapolis Colts.
Grossman also spent time with Houston (2009) and Washington (2010-13).
Yates has not looked good at all in two exhibition games this summer. Renfree was strong in the opener against Tennessee, but couldn’t get into a rhythm while alternating against the Jets.
Matt Ryan hasn’t missed a game since the 2009 season and his streak of 87 starts in a row is the fifth-longest among active quarterbacks, despite playing under severe duress the past two seasons.
Quinn wouldn’t say he was unhappy with Yates and Renfree.
“If there’s a way to say, ‘can we still compete and battle forward to improve in a little way,’ we’re still going to try and do that,” Quinn said. “That’s will all of the spots.”
Quinn has no background with Grossman.
“I want to come in and see the workout today,” Quinn said. “I coached against him, but don’t have much experience pass that.”