Falcons give up on local hero Shockley

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Rather interesting news out of the Falcons on Wednesday as they released local favorite D.J. Shockley from the practice squad.

They signed running back Antone Smith to take his place. Smith had a pretty solid career at Florida State, but has been unable to catch on in the NFL.

The Shockley move is more interesting because a lot of fans thought the former Georgia quarterback had a future in the NFL. He was on the regular roster as the third quarterback last season, but lost the job to rookie John Parker Wilson in the preseason.

When the Falcons brought Shockley back to the practice squad at the start of the season, I thought it meant they still viewed him as a project with some upside. But I think his release is a pretty clear sign the Falcons have given up on Shockley.