UPDATE: Kerry Meier signs 4-year deal with Falcons

Kerry Meier holds the Kansas school record for most career receptions.

Kerry Meier holds the Kansas school record for most career receptions.

BIRDLAND – Falcons wide receiver Kerry Meier, a fifth round draft pick, has signed a four-year contract worth $1.947 million with the Atlanta Falcons.

Meier was the 165th player taken in the 2010 NFL draft. Of the 38 fifth round picks, 28 have signed.

Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Kerry Meier catches a pass during the NFL football team's minicamp in Flowery Branch, Ga., on Sunday, May 9, 2010. (Curtis Compton)

Atlanta Falcons rookie wide receiver Kerry Meier catches a pass during the NFL football team's minicamp in Flowery Branch, Ga., on Sunday, May 9, 2010. (Curtis Compton)

The Falcons have signed five of their six draft picks. First round draft pick Sean Weatherspoon is the remaining unsigned rookie.

With the players set to report for training camp on July 29, Weatherspoon’s deal could go down to the wire.

Meier, 23, began as a quarterback at Kansas, but was switched to wide receiver in 2007. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound receiver set career (226) and single-season (102) receiving marks for the Jayhawks.

After the draft, Meier was asked about his favorite routes while at Kansas.

“I caught a lot of balls over the middle,” Meier said.  “A lot of over routes, whether if they came off of a boot or a naked (boot). I caught a lot of balls over the middle, catching like digs . . .  the intermediate routes. I got a lot of mileage out of catching balls over the middle.”

The competition at the wide receiver position will be fierce in training camp.  After Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas, there are seven players on the roster fighting for two or three spots.

The other wide receivers include Brian Finneran, Eric Weems, Troy Bergeron, Tim Buckley, Brandyn Harvey, Andy Strickland and Ryan Wolfe.

104 comments Add your comment

TMoney

July 13th, 2010
10:47 am

Alright, let’s get all these rookies in camp on time so they can contribute this year.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 13th, 2010
10:47 am

Looks like Meier is going to be on time. Once the market takes shape for the first rounders, Spoon should follow.

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Case Quarter

July 13th, 2010
11:07 am

Great Blog DOL… Due to his draft ranking, I think Meier is practically as lock. Who are the one or two who might surprise in terms of roster spots? I can’t imagine that Finneran can make it after another knee injury. I like Weems and Wolfe.

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Dwayne

July 13th, 2010
11:37 am

Keep Finn and Meier along with White, Jenkins and Douglas. Weems on practice roster. Or, since Douglas is coming off an injury, You put Weems on and put Finn on practice squad?

Reginald Jones

July 13th, 2010
11:46 am

If Finn Dawg is healthy and 100%, there no doubt he’s the 4 and Meier the 5. If he’s truely 100%, by saesons end he’s the 3 and Douglas the 2. See all Falcons fans in Dallas.

Jeff

July 13th, 2010
11:47 am

Sign Austin Miles

Mave2124

July 13th, 2010
11:54 am

Do you when Peter King is coming to visit camp?

Chucktown38

July 13th, 2010
12:00 pm

Time to add some young talent to the roster. Roddy, Jenkins, Douglas then add Meier, Harvey, and Wolfe. Harvey will take Jenkins spot within the next year wait and see.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 13th, 2010
12:04 pm

Mave2124 — Know, I don’t know his schedule.

Chucktown38 — Harvey has looked good running around in shirts. Let’s see what happens when they strap on the shoulder pads.

Mr. Phil

July 13th, 2010
12:04 pm

I am certainly welcoming the idea of having all our draft picks in camp on time.

But I just do not think its right to have extended negotiations with a fifth round pick. I would think so late in the draft he would just get signed for slightly more than last years pick at the spot and be done with it. Not that I have any doubt Mr. Meier will be a fine pro. I just don’t get it I guess.

JMar

July 13th, 2010
12:08 pm

“Harvey will take Jenkins spot within the next year wait and see.”

I LOLed.

TXDawg

July 13th, 2010
12:14 pm

Meier in, Finneran out. Weems and Harvey fill out the last two spots and Buckley to the practice squad.

waynester

July 13th, 2010
12:15 pm

Meier has had some off-field tragedies to deal with and this could be the reason for the delay. Even if he remains unsigned at the beginning of camp, I expect ‘Spoon will be there, too. No worries!

Greg

July 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

I don’t think that anyone should be assumed to have a lock on their position, especially Jenkins. (All right, I realize Roddy probably DOES have a lock, but I’ll bet Mike Smith doesn’t talk as if he does). Our crew (including Roddy) had some problems getting separation last year (everyone admitted it), and I’ll bet they’ll be looking hard at all the contestants in camp. I’m a big fan of Douglas, but he’s gonna have to show his stuff all over again. Meier has hands of glue and is fearless (and he’s quicker than Finneran)…don’t be surprised if he lands a slot.

RockyMtnFalcon

July 13th, 2010
12:20 pm

LETS GO FALCONS!!!!! I can not wait for football season!!!

Mike

July 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

Mr. Ledbetter,
I always enjoy your columns. How do you see Meier’s possible role with this team? Could he become a Wes Welker type receiver?

ToccoaBird

July 13th, 2010
12:46 pm

16 days till football. I cant wait

Big B

July 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

DOL what ever happen to Aaron Kelly

Larry

July 13th, 2010
1:02 pm

Just waiting for some dimwit to say “sign TO.”

5, 4, 3, 2, 1,….

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

July 13th, 2010
1:07 pm

On my wish list is Marques Colston of New Orleans and Miles Austin of Dallas. Of course we can not have these guys, but I would like someone of who we have to resemble their play. That is the kind of receiver that we need in order to dominate.

Matt Ryan’s recent study and employment of “Dinkin & Dunkin” will open up a receiver who can stretch the field and there will be no stopping us.

This season is going to be the best yet, you’ll see.

Go Falcons!!!

Joe Tess Fish House

July 13th, 2010
1:25 pm

I have a bad feeling Witherspoon will hold out.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 13th, 2010
1:27 pm

ANd whats wrong with signing TO? We need his help. Jenkins is a huge bust. Besides, TO can play and coach the younger guys.

Dr. Warren

July 13th, 2010
1:28 pm

DOL:

Please use your influence on your cousin Spoon. We absolutely cannot afford for him to hold out on us, especially after losing our #1 Jerry last year to injury. Let’s get this kid in camp and start the season on a positive note. (And I hope the big red birds found a new conditioning coach this year so we can avoid the damn injuries).

Joe Tess Fish House

July 13th, 2010
1:32 pm

Also, TO is better than Skilet Hands Finnerman.

Joey M

July 13th, 2010
1:35 pm

Who is Kerry Meier you ask? Here is a list of his accomplishments. Bear in mind, he played on two bowl winning teams and a Jayhawks team that went 12-1 including an Orange Bowl victory. And let’s also not forget he came into Kansas as a Quarter Back. He is an athlete that could very well become a poor man’s Wes Welker. Same 4.6 time in the 40. Here are the accomplishments…

Biletnikoff Award Candidate (one of 10), All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, KU co-Most Improved Offensive Player, KU co-Courageous Award, KU Offensive Player of the Week vs. FIU and co vs. Missouri. 2007: Academic All-Big 12 Second Team, KU co-Offensive Player of the Week vs. Iowa State, KU Weight Room Award, KU Unselfish Player Award. 2006: KU Offensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern State and Oklahoma State. 2005: KU Offensive Scout Team MVP.

Rikus

July 13th, 2010
1:38 pm

@Dr. Warren – Nobody is holding out! There is no market set for 1st & 2nd round picks yet. How is he supposed to sign? No other 1st round picks have signed yet, so why are you guys getting worried????

@JTFH – …seriously dude?

ernisTbass

July 13th, 2010
1:41 pm

Norwood should be in the mix for receiver, the guy can catch and is great in the open field. Unfortunately Mularkey will keep him on the DL by forcing his frail butt to run up the middle.

Joey M

July 13th, 2010
1:47 pm

More proof the Meier could very well be the steal of the draft, watch this…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv8Rd72uXvU

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July 13th, 2010
1:48 pm

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William

July 13th, 2010
1:53 pm

Is todays signing for 4yrs or 6yrs?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 13th, 2010
1:56 pm

WILLIAM — It’s not a signing yet. Agent just said they are close. It will likely be a four-year deal.

Get instant updates on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/AJCFalcons

Joey M

July 13th, 2010
1:57 pm

The only one that want’s Terrell Owens is Terrell Owens himself. He is a problem everywhere he goes. He is not a game changer. He is a clown that cries to his Mommy when the ball isn’t thrown to him. He mad a career of whining through the media. We don’t want, nor do we need that garbage here in Atlanta. I would rather get flagged for 10 men on the field every play than put that ungrateful he-b*@ch on the team. And I’m not alone. Now, STOP PANDERING FOR TERRELL OWENS!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 13th, 2010
1:59 pm

THEY ARE PAINTING THE GOAL POSTS AT FLOWERY BRANCH, according to twitter.com/FalconsDLevak

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 13th, 2010
2:04 pm

Dr. Warren — Spoon’s not my cousin. My little cousin — Robert Steeples Jr. — played with him at Missouri last season as a redshirt frosh. Little Robert is going to be stud CB for the Tigers. It’s strange that none of the 1st rounders have signed. I know the Falcons don’t want to handicap the coaching staff and get him in late. Expect things to heat up next week.

falconsfan

July 13th, 2010
2:11 pm

Cut Roddy “Pass-Dropper” White!!!!!!

Hamp

July 13th, 2010
2:13 pm

Unless spoon is a put-on he seems to really want to play and learn. I think he does lets see how greedy his agent is that will play alot into it.

D Money

July 13th, 2010
2:51 pm

My prediction is that they’ll keep 6 WRs on the roster. With that said I expect White, Jenkins, Douglas, Meier, Wolfe, and Weems or Harvey to make the 53 man roster.

hiramsaint

July 13th, 2010
2:56 pm

wow- another target that matty slush can’t possibly hit downfield. y’all should sign another couple of t.e.’s that will be more in his range plus gonzo will be to busy doing geritol commercials to be effective this year. oooops… i keep forgetting that y’all believ you have a young team this year- don’t let abe know

ry

July 13th, 2010
2:57 pm

So let me see if I can get this straight, Meier likes to catch balls over the middle. I think that is what he said, but wish he would just come out and say it.

truth

July 13th, 2010
3:00 pm

If you are T.O.’s agent you already have him.

PMC

July 13th, 2010
3:05 pm

Got to get Meier in camp and working with Harry D.

I’m extremely excited about this Falcons offense this year as long as we can stay healthy.

PMC

July 13th, 2010
3:06 pm

I anxiously await whoever becomes the new (Da Future)

Bird Dog

July 13th, 2010
3:07 pm

Looks like there will be a lot of competition at WR this year. What does Jenkins have left on his contract? He’s been a big disappointment.

hiramsaint

July 13th, 2010
3:12 pm

why? matty slush sais he’s throwing short this year

Birdword

July 13th, 2010
3:22 pm

Flacco is going to superbowl

July 13th, 2010
3:41 pm

Two things stand out

1. Matt’s an over-rated wuss.

2. The Ravens are superbowl bound.

3. Bow-ties are wack.

Flacco is going to superbowl

July 13th, 2010
3:43 pm

hiramsaint

July 13th, 2010
2:56 pm
wow- another target that matty slush can’t possibly hit downfield. y’all should sign another couple of t.e.’s that will be more in his range plus gonzo will be to busy doing geritol commercials to be effective this year. oooops… i keep forgetting that y’all believ you have a young team this year- don’t let abe know

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- Same ole Falcons fans

- Same ole excuses

hiramsaint

July 13th, 2010
4:04 pm

they gonna have to come up with some new ones this year cause-the refs- the injuries- the other team came off a bye- it was an away game- well , those are all pretty old now