WR Brian Finneran takes us inside the passing camp

The fish story of the day is no fish story, as Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie falls into Lake Lanier but comes up smiling as his boat returns to the dock on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Atlanta Falcons players and coaches paid tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

The fish story of the day is no fish story, as Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie falls into Lake Lanier but comes up smiling as his boat returns to the dock on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Atlanta Falcons players and coaches paid tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons wide receiver group was not pleased with the showing by assistant coach Terry Robiskie at the fishing outing with the military veterans at Lake Lanier on Tuesday.

Wide receiver Brian Finneran. (By Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

Wide receiver Brian Finneran. (By Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com)

Robiskie went overboard when his boat was returning to the dock.

“He threw himself in,” wide receiver Brian Finneran said. “When you are a non-athlete like that, you start showing your age. He embarrassed the receiving corps and himself for that matter. It was unfortunate.”

The trip with the veterans was a break in the action this week as the team emphasized the passing attack at the organized team activities.

In February, Finneran signed a one-year contract to return to the Falcons. He caught 11 passes last season and battled

through knee injuries before being place on injured reserve on Dec. 15.

“I’m feeling pretty good,” Finneran said. “My knees are holding up nicely. I’m trying to get them strong enough to hold up through the season and we’ll re-evaluate it after that.”

Finneran, a weapon on third down and a solid special teams player, is using the passing camp week to fine tune his game.

“I’m just trying to get that feel back,” Finneran said. “Get my routes down a little bit more solid. I’m just trying to get

Falcons cheerleaders Erika, left, and Bristen, right, wait for a bite as Atlanta Falcons players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Falcons cheerleaders Erika, left, and Bristen, right, wait for a bite as Atlanta Falcons players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

back to where I know I’m 100 percent and get ready for training camp.

“This is the time to go over the plays, get them right in your mind. Get the mental stuff corrected and when you get to training camp, the physical part of it takes over.”

Finneran knows he’s facing a challenge to reach his 10th year in the league.

Of the players on the roster, he’s second behind Todd McClure for the longest tenure with the team. He’s seen some of old-timers systematically purged from the roster over the last three years.

“It’s seems to be the position around here every year where somebody is on the losing end unfortunately,” Finneran said. “We’ve got some talent whether if it’s Andy Strickland or Troy Bergeron trying to make the squad or our young draft pick Kerry Meier. He’s looking solid.

“You’ve got Harry Douglas coming back and you’ve got our three top guys Roddy (White), (Michael) Jenkins, myself and Eric Weems. There are a lot of guys out here for about five spots. So it will interesting to see what happens.”

Atlanta Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie looks to hook the "big one" as players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Lake Lanier, Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Each veteran was partnered with one or more Falcons players, coaches, or cheerleader on individual boats for an afternoon of angling on the lake.   Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie looks to hook the "big one" as players and coaches pay tribute to 18 wounded military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan during a special fishing outing from Van Pugh Park North on Lake Lanier, Tuesday, June 8, 2010. Each veteran was partnered with one or more Falcons players, coaches, or cheerleader on individual boats for an afternoon of angling on the lake. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

Finneran was an undrafted rookie free agent who climbed up the rough side of the NFL mountain. He’s not going down without a major fight.

“Those last couple of spots come down to guys who can help on special teams and make an impact,” Finneran said. “Eric Weems did a lot of that for us last year and we’ll see if anybody else tries to step up.”

Finneran has been impressed with Meier, who was selected in the fifth round (165th overall).

“He works hard,” Finneran said. “He’s one of those rookies that you like having around because he’s just taking in the knowledge and trying to get a feel for the game.”

The Falcons finished 14th in the league in passing and want to revved up the attack.

“It’s just a matter of repetition,” Finneran said. “This will be the third year in the offense. So now we are just kind of tweaking some things and a getting some stuff down pat. When we get to training camp we don’t want to think a whole lot.”

The Falcons have spent some time working on their deep passing attack, while fine-tuning their short and intermediate range routes and packages.

“If you’re talking about stocks and bonds, those are the riskier plays and probably not completed as much as teams would like,” Finneran said of the deep passes. “The risk and reward for the deep ball is huge.  .  .  With Roddy  and Jenkins and Harry coming back, we’ll be just fine in that category.”

Now, if they can just keep Robiskie from jumping into the lake whenever he gets over heated, they might be onto something special.

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D. Bell

June 10th, 2010
8:27 am

Bubba Bean

June 10th, 2010
8:46 am

I love Brian Finneran, what a class act. It would be nice to have a whole team full of hardworking, overachievers like him. I am afraid, however, that there is going to be too much young talent at his position for him to remain on the roster, so we may have seen the last of Finn as a Falcon. He should be fine though, the broadcast booth could use a talented, good-looking, articulate ex-Falcon like him.

Sebastian

June 10th, 2010
8:46 am

Sebastian

June 10th, 2010
8:48 am

Finn has always been a special teams monster. I hope he sticks it out at least one more year. He is a savy veteran and would be more valuable that a rookie or undrafted free agent.

Hamp

June 10th, 2010
8:51 am

I think the WR corps will be much improved. I love Finn but he may not make the team. If someone can give us what he does on third and special teams he may be gone. I think he is good for a job some where in the organization because he has been the model falcon. I want harvey to make the team. I love his measurables. I think he is Finn just younger. I also love miere but I am pretty sure he will make the team.

Paddy

June 10th, 2010
9:03 am

Finn is a real pro!

Tale of Woe

June 10th, 2010
9:32 am

You are falling behind DOL

Falcons announce the signing of Shann Schillinger and the release of Eric Ward.

Ease™ in Buckhead

June 10th, 2010
9:44 am

I thought the Falcons were pretty high on Ward…

willdave

June 10th, 2010
10:10 am

The Falcons need all-pro veteran Finneran on their roster. He is still a valuable asset to this team.

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j

June 10th, 2010
6:34 pm

Bubba Bean

June 10th, 2010
8:46 am
I love Brian Finneran, what a class act. It would be nice to have a whole team full of hardworking, overachievers like him. I am afraid, however, that there is going to be too much young talent at his position for him to remain on the roster, so we may have seen the last of Finn as a Falcon. He should be fine though, the broadcast booth could use a talented, good-looking, articulate ex-Falcon like him.

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It’s a shame he is the only hardworking member of the team who does more than what he is capable of.

The rest of the team is simply lazy and underachieving. they get by as a result of sheer luck but that finneran guy simply outworks them all.

A team full of guys like finneran would not be competitive in the league. The guy is average.

go ahead and allow your crush on another man to interfere with your logic.