MC Day 2: Meier suffers slight injury; some highlights

Tight ends AJustine Peelle and Leroy Banks signing autographs after Saturday's second practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Tight ends Justin Peelle and Leroy Banks signing autographs after Saturday's second practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons received a slight scare in the afternoon practice when wide receiver Kerry Meier, the team’s fifth round draft pick, pulled up while running a reverse.

He appeared to suffer a minor upper leg injury and the trainers rushed over to evaluate him. He was walking fine later.

The final practice will be held Sunday morning at 10:15 a.m. Here are some of the highlights from the second day of the Falcons’ minicamp:

  • Rookie linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the Falcons first round pick, made two sensational pass breakups while defending against running back Dimitri Nance in coverage.
  • Meier was having a big day before suffering the injury. He went high to snag a Matt Ryan pass near the sideline on one play. He had at least three super catches.
  • Brandyn Harvey continues to dazzle with this sharp route running and his ability to separate from defenders. He’s a big target at 6-4, 205 pounds. He was an undrafted college free agent from Villanova.
  • Running back Jason Snelling was slamming the ball hard off tackle and appeared to have a nice open field burst while charging down field.
  • Wide receiver Eric Weems made the team last season and continues to make tough catches. He also looked good running a reverse.
  • Tackle Sam Baker has really been attacking players in the 11 on 11 drills. He was mixed up in at least two skirmishes.
President Rich McKay and Thomas Dimitroff chat during the second practice on Saturday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

President Rich McKay and Thomas Dimitroff chat during the second practice on Saturday. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

Safety Thomas DeCoud poses with a fan after the morning practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Safety Thomas DeCoud poses with a fan after the morning practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Wide receiver Ryan Wolfe and offensive lineman Joe Hawley signing autographs after the morning practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Wide receiver Ryan Wolfe and offensive lineman Joe Hawley signing autographs after the morning practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

One of the filming towers that overlook the practice fields. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

One of the filming towers that overlook the practice fields. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

Eric Ward, the former SW DeKalb High and Richmond star, throwing passes during the morning practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

Eric Ward, the former SW DeKalb High and Richmond star, throwing passes at the morning practice. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

21 comments Add your comment

Chris in Decatur

May 8th, 2010
7:31 pm

The Harvey kid’s prospects sound exciting. Reminds one of Marques Colston? And he’s a returner.

falcondawg

May 8th, 2010
7:32 pm

Meier made very nice catch with two defensive backs draped all over him. He could be a real asset this year if he can do the same in game situations

Vinny D

May 8th, 2010
7:39 pm

Not shocked about Meier. If you watched him play for Kansas, that was all he did. He does a very nice job going and snagging balls out of the air. Really special hands on that guy.

Greg

May 8th, 2010
7:56 pm

Orlando, you are really doing a superb job. This is the kind of coverage we all want. Please keep up the fine work on the Falcons. We are all Falcons addicts, and we can’t learn too much or hear too much about developments. I am much impressed by your reporting.

Greg Ledbetter (just kidding…I’m pale)

Rufino Linares

May 8th, 2010
7:59 pm

If William Moore doesnt’ participate in OTA’s, then we should officially be worried.

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waynester

May 8th, 2010
8:20 pm

Heard there were a few scraps today–glad Baker was in on it. We need him to find his inner monster and cut it loose this season. Heard Svitek was mixing it up with one of the rookies–MMA training rearing it’s violent head?
ps Amen to what Greg said above–thanx!

Paddy

May 8th, 2010
8:36 pm

This is all good stuff!

BigGAdawg

May 8th, 2010
8:42 pm

I’m also glad to hear that Baker is back with some attitude. I read that newly drafted OL Hawley goes after his opponents with “bad intentions.” This is what I want to see in all linemen and all defensive player. GATA!!!

URNATL

May 8th, 2010
8:46 pm

The Ward kid from Richmond University is not bad at all.

FalconsTransplant

May 8th, 2010
10:54 pm

DOL I was there for the afternoon practice and was watching Spoon in drills against the TE/RB and during one play he covered TG and jammed him on the line putting the would be HOFer on his butt. He’s still rough around the edges, but looks sharp.

FalconsTransplant

May 8th, 2010
10:57 pm

I also thought both rookie RB Smith and Nance looked good as well. Nance especially, makes one cut then up field quick.

Dawgforlife

May 9th, 2010
12:58 am

of course mini-camp is more important than the Beatles, its football man. The only sport that truly matters. The braves have one player who has offically hung out with Chipper too long and now also sits out with a sore groin. I wonder how many sore groins Cal Ripken had? And, the Hawks lay down everytime the pressure mounts; but, who cares? This is football, and it will be August before we get the real thing. We endure the other sports waiting to get to football. We will cling to any taste of it we can get. If Meier pulled up lame playing football, that is a bigger story than Braves/Philles, or JJ staying or going. Because, its football.

PaulieOldSchool

May 9th, 2010
3:30 am

Dawgforlife, man, you said it all and much more eloquently than I ever could. I am getting SO psyched about this coming season.

Burdell

May 9th, 2010
8:10 am

Wow dawgforlife….all your eggs in one basket huh? Too bad the SEC dropped the Independence Bowl tie-in…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 9th, 2010
10:06 am

Greg — Thanks man! The plan is to keep it coming. It will be tough in May and June, but we’ll figure it out.

Rufino — Coach Smith said Moore will be ready for OTAs. Stressed that this injury was minor and that he was held out of precautionary reasons.

Waynester –Yeah, there have been about three skirmishes. Baker was in two of them.

Paddy – Thanks my man!!!

FalconsTransplant — The young RBs have looked good, too.

Sid

May 9th, 2010
10:15 am

I said it right after we drafted him. Kerry Meier will be larger version of Steve Largent, the guy just catches everything you throw near him.

Ryan

May 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

I was at the morning practice Saturday. Meier looks awesome, but I do not think he will make it out of training camp without injury. He has no respect for his body and was getting abused all practice. He did not make a catch that he was not getting nailed by a defender or hitting the ground hard. Going hard is great, but you have to protect your body some in practice, hopefully he will find a balance. I am very excited about this kid.

Also spoke with P. Jerry after practice. Said he is feeling great and cannot wait until he can get in the action again.

Harvey was was wide open all practice. He did not make a tough catch, because he was so wide open. I thought maybe it was because he was going up against the camp scrubs, but sounds like the people who get to watch all the practice think it is because of his route running and speed. He looks like he is about 10 pounds away from being a beast. Gonna be some tight competition for WR spots this year.

TY

May 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

Let’s just hope that the Falcons don’t lay an egg like the Hawks! Talk about a total disgrace!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

May 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

Ty – Hawks don’t have a center . They have a forward playing at center covering the best center in the league. IF they had Dwight Howard they would be the best team in the league. That’s enough basketball and thank goodness the season is FINALLY almost over. Falcons have holes that were not addressed in this draft….. WR (deep threat) and DE (pass rush). There was very little added to the offensive talent over the past two years other than TE. They will be improved overall but Tampa Bay should show the greatest improvement, followed by the Carolina Panthers. This slightly improved Falcon’s team will do well to make the wild card.

DJE2007

May 26th, 2010
4:44 am

The saints are ultimately the biggest foe we have. Both Tampa Bay and Carolina will improve but i believe that they will both miss the playoffs. I know that we were a playoff contender last year but health was our biggest issue. Due to those injuries we were able to get experience to our bench so we should have greater success on third downs and should improve overall with a mix of experience and depth all throughout our roster. im stoked about seeing this team whether it’s preseason or playoffs whatever. I just love football.