Minicamp: Norwood, Johnson held out of practice

Day one of minicamp is in the books. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Day one of minicamp is in the books. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Running back Jerious Norwood and defensive tackle Thomas Johnson suffered minor injuries and were held out of the afternoon practice on Friday.

“They will be re-evaluated in the morning,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “There was a little soreness and we wanted to keep them out of practice.”

The Falcons were also monitoring the practices of some of the older players.

Center Todd McClure and linebacker Mike Peterson practiced in the morning and had the afternoon practice offe.

Tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Justin Peelle had the morning practice off.

PEEK AND PALMER SHOW: Free agent tight ends Colin Peek and Michael Palmer both made some nice catches.

Peek, who started his career at Georgia Tech before transferring to Alabama,  had a one-handed catch that drew some praise. Palmer, of Parkview High and Clemson, made several nice catches.

“It’s very difficult to evaluate and tight end is one of the most difficult positions in our offense with all of the shifts and motions that we do,” Smith said. “I’m sure that their heads are swimming, but I saw a couple of nice catches by those guys today. A couple in the morning and one here in the afternoon. I thought that was a really great catch by Peek this morning.”

SEVEN ON SEVEN: The Falcons completed 13 of 17 passes during their afternoon seven-on-seven drill. There was one drop.

RYAN RUSTY: The Falcons quarteracks threw seven interceptions over two practices.

The Ice Man was a little rusty on his first day of minicamp. (Curtis Compton/AJC).

The Ice Man was a little rusty on his first day of minicamp. (Curtis Compton/AJC).

Ryan had five, Chris Redman threw one and John Parker Wilson threw one.

Wilson was intercepted to cornerback Dylan Walker, a tryout player from Arkansas State.

“I definitely feel a little bit rusty, but it really felt good to get out and start getting ready for 2010,” Ryan said.

Minicamp schedule

(Saturday’s practices are open to the public)

Friday: Practice — 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public), practice — 4:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Saturday: Practice — 10:30 a.m. (Practice is open to the public, gates open at 9:30 a.m.). Practice — 4:15 p.m. (Practice is open to the public, gates open at 3:15 p.m.)

Sunday: Practice — 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public).


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26 comments Add your comment


May 7th, 2010
6:52 pm

That’s it…that’s all we get. What about Norwood?

Charles J.

May 7th, 2010
7:22 pm

Ahhhh. you big tease where’s the rest? comeon man what about spoon and that kid Ryan Wolf what’s going on man? ANd that injury report is weak just weak. cmoeon mannn.


May 7th, 2010
7:27 pm

T Johnson is one of the guys I’m really interested in seeing step up, so the injury is somewhat worrisome. Norwood being hurt is no surprise to any of us….Great news about the FA TE’s especially with Rader’s retirement…keep it comin’, DLed,,,,

Brian Hunt

May 7th, 2010
7:37 pm

So which is it? The previous blog stated that none of the interceptions today were thrown by Ryan, but this one says that he threw five. I’m confused.

Sly Ty

May 7th, 2010
7:42 pm

Now fellows, we have football ahhhh. Hey would have liked a little more, so I may go to flowery branch myself tomorrow. How exciting. Hope Spoon also works at WLB as well. I actually like Stephen Nichols and his versatility.


May 7th, 2010
7:56 pm

Norwood,hurt,synonyms in webster’s dictionary.What a pansy.

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May 7th, 2010
8:37 pm

DOL – Don’t you think Norwood should be tried as a WR? He has speed, good hands and is very effective in the open field. He would take less hits from linemen and linebackers and has good size for the position. Charley Taylor, a HOF receiver for the Redskins came out of college as a running back and made a great WR.


May 7th, 2010
8:39 pm

Also, as a WR Norwood would not need to pass protect, which is not his strength.


May 7th, 2010
8:59 pm

JB – I have wondered the same thing. Norwood can do great things in the open field but seems too fragile to be an effective RB.


May 7th, 2010
9:18 pm

I cannot believe norwood is hurt again.LOL


May 7th, 2010
9:21 pm

Has norwood ever walked on to a field and not gotten hurt?What a wuss.

chris taylor

May 7th, 2010
9:22 pm

That’s a good idea bout Norwood. I’m more concerned bout Moore. I think everyone expects Norwood to have a good supply of bandaids. I’m not to thrilled with Coleman in a pass happy leage, would rather see Moore take over if he can stay healthy.


May 7th, 2010
9:51 pm

Norwood hurt again! that is why he shouldn’t make the team this year! Last two years he hasn’t finished a year without being injured. Find a free agent running back who can stay healthy! Oh by the way, next one to be injured will be Perry if and when he can even practice!

Chop Buster

May 7th, 2010
10:00 pm

WTH is up with these poorly written articles? Where’s the editor…damn!


May 7th, 2010
11:03 pm

I was a bit surprised the Falcons didn’t address running back depth at all this offseason. Turner’s ankle and Norwood’s whole body…Well, it would have been nice to add some depth. I’m glad with have 28 DBs and all, but what about RB?


May 7th, 2010
11:34 pm

hawesg – we’ll have to see if the Falcons move Dan Klecko to the offensive backfield. He’s listed as a d-lineman, but he also plays fullback. The team also has prospects Antone Smith (Florida State) and Dimitri Nance (Arizona State) trying to become the # 5 man in the FB/RB group.

D-Led – what’s the word on Klecko? Your mock depth chart listed him at FB. Did he get any reps on offense today?


May 7th, 2010
11:47 pm

It’s midnight and this is all the coverage we get? In Buffalo the computer server would be crashing from all the reporting on mini camp. C’mon man!


May 7th, 2010
11:57 pm

306 words…that’s just over a half a page typewritten. And that includes the headlines. In the words of Jed Camplett, “pitiful, just pitiful”


May 8th, 2010
12:56 am

yeah, either move norwood to wr or release him. he’s about as worthless as DOL.


May 8th, 2010
2:20 am

the Falcons should have drafted Tech’s Jon Dwyer, he went in the 6 round. Please are you kidding and the Falcons couldn’t even make him a 6 round pick? Dude will be a star, mark that down.


May 8th, 2010
8:06 am

Norwood could fart and pull musele.

Time to let him go……….dead weight.


May 8th, 2010
8:06 am

Plz…….no more would’a should’a could’a about the draft…….mark that down.

Birdseed: May 8, 2010

May 8th, 2010
9:17 am

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May 8th, 2010
10:11 am

You mentioned a dropped pass. Was it Jenkins???


May 9th, 2010
1:09 am

Klecko, ? Who want to know about him. I am a Finnerman hater & you just reminded me of anoither non productive player. Peele is probally 3rd on the list.
I hope the Rookie TE progress. Oh yea Chevis want make the team, that why he is not on the list. Im still upset about the play he did not make on Olson. I a TE is on the 5 yard line common sense tells you to bump him. He sttod back & let the man caught a slant. He can not have on the lights on.