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