BIRDLAND – Former Falcons quarterback D.J. Shockley will attempt to revive his career in the United Football League with the Omaha Nighthawks, according to an internet report by the National Football Post.
Shockley, the former Georgia and North Clayton High standout, was waived by the Falcons on July 9.
Shockley, a seventh-round pick of the Falcons in 2006, never played a regular-season game for the team.
Shockley was the emergency quarterback for all 16 games in 2006 and 2008. He missed the 2007 season after suffering a preseason knee injury, missing an opportunity to play during the season in which Michael Vick was convicted of dog-fighting and the team used three different starting quarterbacks.
The Falcons will report to training camp on July 29 with starter Matt Ryan and backups Chris Redman and John Parker Wilson under contract.
Shockley isn’t listed on the Nighthawks’ roster.
“I just got off the phone with D.J. and he’s all set,” Nighthawks football operations executive Ken Stills said. “He’s a great character guy. We’re very excited about having D.J. aboard.”
Shockley’s camp hopes that he can win the starting job and get some film of him playing. They think that playing time right now will give him a chance to show NFL teams that he can play as opposed to going to another team and being their clipboard carrier.
The UFL was founded in 2007 and played it’s first season in 2009. The Falcons signed kicker Matt Bryant last season after he’d competed in the UFL.