Falcons Receive Good and Bad News

And we’re back. I hope everyone’s weekend was filled with much less yardwork than mine was and I hope you had a better weekend than Kerry Meier did.

As you’ve heard by now, the Falcons rookie rising star receiver is out for the season.

The good news is fellow rookie, Corey Peters, will only be out 10-14 days with a sprained knee.

Hit the jump for thoughts on what these developments mean for the Falcons not only this season but going forward.

Meier’s Injury Fallout

There’s been talk about bringing in a free agent receiver but head coach Mike Smith squashed that idea over the weekend.

The Falcons, if Smith is speaking the truth and Michael Jenkins misses Week 1, will roll with Roddy White and Brian Finneran as starters with Harry Douglas in the slot. Eric Weems would be the fourth receiver and one of the practice squad/undrafted free agents would get to suit up in the fifth spot. Obviously, Troy Bergeron has the inside track now.

This is a tough injury because Meier was rising up the depth chart with an impressive training camp. He would have been the team’s fourth receiver and really had a chance to push Jenkins and Douglas to improve their game. Competition is a good thing and it just got weaker after this weekend.

Good News for Peters

Peters avoided the season-ending injury that Meier could not. He will be out for about two weeks but that doesn’t put him in danger of missing any regular season time. I expect Peters, after Jonathan Babineaux and Peria Jerry, to be the next biggest contributor on the defensive line.

Looking Ahead

With Training Camp in the books, the Falcons now have 20 days and two preseason games before they begin their highly anticipated 2010 campaign. The Falcons will trim their roster to 75 next week which means three more player will be released. On September 4, their final roster trimdown to 53 players will take place.

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  • fila33lee

    Yeah, it was devastating to hear what happened to Kerry, I was so excited to see what he could bring to the team. Now after the injury happened I guess I can step back and realistically say he probably would have been on special teams, and made a few catches here and there. Still though it would have been really nice to have the depth, and the solid hands for this upcoming season. I can’t wait to see him hit the field.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      I really think he could have contributed this year. 30 catches and used in some trick plays (former QB).

      • TomQ

        I’m with you, Troy. I thought Meier was going to be huge this year. Not sure about trick plays though. He’ll be back next year, smart as hell and ready to roll.

        • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

          Would love to see it. Our receiving corp for week 1 suddenly worries me a little. I expect a lot of Gonzalez against Pittsburgh.

  • Real Talk

    Who’s Kerry Meier? A guy that was going to the practice squad anyway.

  • fila33lee

    Yeah I agree with you on the trick plays. Once he is fully healthy he might be a dynamic player for us for some time. I just wasn’t expecting much the first year, hopefully I’m wrong, and his first year will be great. 30 catches sounds reasonable, I think Harry had 23 his first year.

    • http://bloggingdirty.com/ Troy Heinzman

      You know you’re becoming attached to the team when a fourth-string wide receiver who the national media hasn’t really heard of gets hurt and you feel sick to your stomach. I hope there is a season next year for Meier to come back to.