Falcons backup quarterback Chris Redman came into town to play in Matt Ryan’s golf outing and take part in the seven-on-seven drills that were held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Buford.
Before he took the field on Tuesday, he chatted with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Q: How has your offseason been going?
A: It’s been great. Obviously, it’s been different. But for the most part, I got a chance to spend a lot of time with my family back home in Kentucky. I try to shoot down here as much as a I can to get with some of the guys. It’s just kind of good see the guys as well. Everybody is really fired up. When you’re away you kind of get more hungry. We’ve all been away for a little bit. We are definitely getting hungry for the season.
Q: How did you reconcile the ending to last season?
A: Obviously, when you lost at the end of the season it kind of leaves a bad taste. I think it gets you fired up for the next year. I think everybody feels like we are going to be right back where we were and hopefully keep improving where we fell a little short. We have a good foundation here. So it’s just a matter of keep building on it and keep giving ourselves chances.
Q: What was your take on the draft?
A: I’m fired up. Anytime that you draft a receiver like that early in the draft, I think as a quarterback you have to really be excited.
Q: Did you play in Matt Ryan’s benefit golf outing for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta?
A: Yeah, my team actually won the outing. It was a great event. I think he’s going to do a lot of great things in this community. That was the inaugural event.
Q: How are you dealing with the lockout?
A: We are just going to have to hang tight. Obviously, we want to play. We want to get out there as soon as possible. Hopefully, it gets cleared up. But we have to do the best thing for the league and all of the players in the future. I think we are willing to do whatever it takes. We are all behind our union and we think that they are doing a great job so far. We have to keep positive and hope we get back on the field real soon.
Q: What do you hope to get out of the workouts?
A: Anytime that you come out and get with your guys, it’s not only as a quarterbacks and receivers, but just as a group, I think it’s good for all of the guys to get together and work with each other. I think it’s good for camaraderie. We have a really close team anyway. Anytime you come out and get with the guys, it makes a world of difference.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog