Countdown to Training Camp: Day 4 — Wide Receivers

Roddy White will try to put together his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Roddy White will try to put together his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Birdland – Just four days left to the players report!!!!

This is the seventh of 10 installments in the “COUNTDOWN TO TRAINING CAMP 2010.”

Each morning until Training Camp starts, we’ll take a quick look at a position group before the players report for camp on Thursday. They will hit the field for their first practice next Friday.

We’ve already looked at the defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks, safeties, offensive line and tight ends.

The wide receivers are up today.

THE REALLY BIG QUESTION: Can Harry Douglas make a comeback after knee surgery and become a threat out of the slot?

Roddy White came up 47 yards short from posting his third consecutive 1,200 yard season. He did amass a career-high 11 touchdowns and went to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

He will remain the main prong in the passing attack from the wide receiver position.

The under-appreciated Michael Jenkins caught 50 passes last season, but averaged only 2.5 yards after the catch.

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Behind those two, the Falcons are counting on Harry Douglas to bounce back from knee surgery.

Veteran Brian Finneran could provide some depth and veteran leadership to the unit.

The team drafted Kerry Meier in the fifth round and then added some rather intriguing undrafted free agents in Brandyn Harvey and Ryan Wolfe.

FIVE GOALS FOR THE WIDE RECEIVERS

Wide receiver Harry Douglas is on schedule to return to the field soon. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

Wide receiver Harry Douglas is on schedule to return to the field soon. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

1. The entire unit needs to improve on yards after the catch.

2. Someone needs to step forward and become more of a threat in the slot.

3. With all of the attention on White and tight end Tony Gonzalez, there should be room for another receiver to step up and make some big plays.

4. Continue to block well downfield in the run game.

5. Make sure they have their assignments down when the team shifts into its no-huddle attack.

Here’s a look at the wide receivers:

Roddy White: His 11 touchdowns was tied for fourth in the NFL last season.

Harry Douglas: Had a strong rookie season and appeared ready to challenge for a starting spot before suffering a knee injury on the sixth day of training camp last season.

Kerry Meier: The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Meier had a school-record 226 career catches at Kansas.

Michael Jenkins: Had a solid 50-catch season for 635 yards, but only had one touchdown.

Brian Finneran: Veteran route runner, who can also contribute on special teams.

Eric Weems: Served as the punt and kickoff returner last season.

Ryan Wolfe: Keep an eye on him. He’s the  Mountain West Conference’s leader in career receptions with 283. He will be competing for the fourth or fifth spots.

Troy Bergeron: He bounced back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster last season.

Tim Buckley: Played quarterback at Alcorn State.

Brandyn Harvey: He’s another player to keep an eye on in training camp. The 6-foot-4 receiver caught 131 passes for 1,835 yards and 11 touchdowns at Villanova.

Andy Strickland: Spent the last two weeks of the season on the practice squad. Starred at Wofford. Was in camp with Jacksonville last year.

Date, Practice Times (public availability)

Friday, July 30 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Saturday, July 31 — Practice 8:30 – 10:10 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public).

Sunday, August 1 — Practice 9:35 – 10:30 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:55 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 2 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 3 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Wednesday, August 4 — Practice 1:30 – 3:40 p.m. (open to the public).

Thursday, August 5 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 6 — Practice 10:15 – 11:55 a.m. (open to the public)

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Team Scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School – 7:30 p.m. (open to the public)

Saturday, August 7 — Mock Game at Flowery Branch – 12:00 p.m. (open to the public)

Sunday, August 8 — No Practice.

Monday, August 9 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Tuesday, August 10 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:50 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH JACKSONVILLE.

Wednesday, August 11 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Thursday, August 12 — Practice 8:50 – 10:55 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. (closed to the public).

Friday, August 13 — Preseason Week 1 vs. Kansas City 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 14 –No Practice.

Sunday, August 15 — Practice 9:30 – 11:35 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:25 p.m. (open to the public).

Monday, August 16 — Practice 8:30 – 10:40 a.m. (closed to the public); practice 3:45 – 4:40 p.m. (closed to the public).

Tuesday, August 17 — Practice 8:30 – 10:55 a.m. (open to the public); practice 3:45 – 5:35 p.m. (open to the public). COMBINED PRACTICES WITH NEW ENGLAND.

Wednesday, August 18 — Practice 10:15 – 11:35 a.m. (closed to public).

Thursday, August 19 — Preseason Week 2 vs. New England 8 p.m.

Friday, August 20 — No Practice.

Saturday, August 21 — 9:30 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. (closed to the public); 3:45 p.m. – 5:25 p.m. (closed to the public).

Sunday, August 22 — 9:35 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (closed to the public)

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161 comments Add your comment

DC Dirty Bird

July 26th, 2010
7:05 am

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2010
7:18 am

Talk about the “have nots”! The falcant wide receiver roster is not very impressive. They’re slow, rigid midgits with metal hands. Even the US Border Patrol can “catch” better. No wonder they want to push the running game!

Paddy

July 26th, 2010
7:32 am

B4, again you just make things up. Go somewhere else and become that “post monster” you brag about. Here in Ga we like to talk about football and our teams. We support our guys. Just leave us alone, you are not welcome here. Why not go” toe to toe” on the cooking blog with some of the best cooks around! lol

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TrueFalcon

July 26th, 2010
7:52 am

B4 seeems if though you wait up all night and very early in the mourning, with bloodshot eys from lack of sleep to post on a new topic.Take off your bob square paints pajamas,get out of your mom’s basement, put the cheetos bag away and find a job.While you’re at it, take a minute to purge hiramsaint head out of your rear end.Go spew your crap elsewhere.Oh don’t forget to take your prosac at 8:00am.Idiot!!!!!!

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Charles J.

July 26th, 2010
7:59 am

WOW, were down to 4days. GO FALCON and B4 just go away.

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2010
8:12 am

Good morning Gentlemen (you too Truth, whereever you are), looks like I have your attention. I know that I need to get my message over to you guys real fast since you all that attention deficit disorder and can’t seem to remember how the Saints kicked your team’s tailfeathers to smithereens last year.

You like talking about your birds? Let’s do it, @ wide receiver you have Roddy White and Michael Jenkins….FULL STOP. That’s it. Everyone else is nothing more than a camp body or a major question mark. In other words, no depth. Hence, a reliance on a running attack that is also dependent on a scarce commodity at Flowery Branch. It’s called being one dimensional. That’s why last year, when you guys had the ball near the end of the game, with a possible victory within reach, and had a 4th and 3 at mid field, everyone and their mother knew that your team was going to try to run for the first down, and got stuffed a yard short. Remember that? Or am I already losing your attention?

rekingball

July 26th, 2010
8:12 am

I went over to the saints blog yesterday. I read one that had a lot of folks on it. They seemed to be knowledgeable fans, that wanted to talk about football.
I didn’t see a lot of deragatory comments about other teams, and I did not see fans from other teams insulting the saints or their fans.

But, on every AJC Falcons blog and particularly DOL’s, you can’t even get started on a Falcons blog before one of these saints fans turds or one saints fan turd masgueradeing as three or four saints fan turds, logs on and starts the same old stupid, redundant spiel, that they rehash everyday.
It is getting tiresome and very boring.

Chop Buster

July 26th, 2010
8:16 am

I totally agree…it’s time someone else stepped up so defenses aren’t able to just focus on Roddy and Tony G. I guess Jenkins is what he is–never will be a true #2. All that height and speed and he still does not attack the ball in the air. Hopefully, Harry returns to form and one of the young guys step up to the challenge.

robertussen

July 26th, 2010
8:31 am

dont forget finneran also played some d last year in obvious passing situations. there werent many plays that called for this, but he did come up with a big knock down once or twice.

SirReal

July 26th, 2010
8:42 am

D. Led,
Do you really see any depth beyond the 4th WR? I think if Douglas comes back healthy we’ll be ok. I think Finn is on his last campaign. Weems has skills. Mularkey just needs to learn how to use personnel. All D-Coords know Ryan is either going to White or Gonzo. He should use that as a strength to open up others. I dont beleive in Jenkins anymore. He drops too many significant balls and i think he’ll get demoted this year mid-season if it happens again. He’s been here far too long. No excuses for him. We dont get that many passes at our jobs. This is no exception. Should be an interesting order on the chart when camp is done.

The Real Falcon

July 26th, 2010
8:43 am

We are placing way too much on Douglas’ return. He will not be ready for a while, I fear.

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2010
8:45 am

rekingball: Sunday, 26 Sep 2010, 3pm CST.

robertussen

July 26th, 2010
8:51 am

i dont know the real falcon, but you may be right. most players coming off an acl injury arent a factor until the second year after the injury. but thats normally when it happens during the real football season. harry was injured at the start of camp last year and has had almost a full year of recovery and rehab so he may be good to go. if not, and the other wrs arent up to par, then look for us to pick up someone else before or during the preseason. but i personaly think we will be fine.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2010
9:00 am

SirReal — No, but there’s an opportunity for one of the young players step up and contribute.

O G Falcon Fan

July 26th, 2010
9:01 am

B4 let me just remind u that any team from the NFC South that has gone to the SB. has not even made the playoffs the following year since realignment. Not to mention your savior Brees is on the cover of Madden 11. I think you guys have celebrated this thing too much to make it back. Your ego’s are about to explode that peanut head

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2010
9:08 am

O G Falcon Fan: I agree with you, the Saints have celebrated way too much, including Payton and Brees with their book selling garbage. Football is not about doing the Ellen or Oprah show or writing books, it’s about bashing heads. It’s time to put away the nonsense and get to business.

BUT, THAT BEING SAID: Let me remind you, that last year was the first year that the falcants had back to back winning seasons in franchise history. So, if the falcants can muster up enough testosterone to set a new standard for back to back winning seasons, albeit at an anemic 9-7, so too can the New Orleans Saints set a new standard for back to back NFC South championships.

truth

July 26th, 2010
9:11 am

SeenthisLoserB4, once the Vikes gives your aints a beat down, will you still come on this board and spew your idiotic comments? What joy do get from such a low life path you decided to travel? Be a man.

truth

July 26th, 2010
9:13 am

The Falcons are doing exactly what the aints should be doing, preparing for another season. However, like you said SeenThisLoserB4 your aints are to busy being the Hollywood hype. They are not focused and will not be focused in camp. But truly only time will tell.

truth

July 26th, 2010
9:18 am

No pain killers + refs not looking the other way + an old man defense = no playoffs for the aints. :(

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2010
9:22 am

truth: Normally, I spend the week before a game tormenting the readers at our opponents newspaper website. NORMALLY.

Since you think you’re being brazen in drawing a line in the proverbial sand there, perhaps I shall. But, probably not. I’m not going to let your pusillanmous post alter my normal MO. Right now, it’s basically preseason and all camps are open targets.

I also learn a lot about opposing teams from the rants that you posters put up, some of you make good points about your team’s weaknesses and strengths that you don’t get from for-profit publications. That’s the reason for my presence amongst you fine football addicts.

Hamp

July 26th, 2010
9:29 am

Will be at the branch both practices on Saturday. Fellows it’s almost time. I’m itching and can’t wait. This is gonna be a fun season. We don’t need to respond to non-falcons fans let ‘em rant. Scoreboard is Scoreboard and when it’s all balls on the clock we will be victorious!

y2m

July 26th, 2010
9:32 am

B4 are you a saints fan? By the way I can appreciate your post @ 9:22 am. With that said, if we can find another receiver to compliment white and gonzo, our offense will be Patriots like circa 2007. Ryan will not have as many touchdowns, but with a balanced attack we will be unstoppable.

Hamp

July 26th, 2010
9:34 am

and yes I messed up one of my sentences also are you gonna deduct from my final grad. (you might as well be one of the saints fans posting on here should have read)

Mike Jay

July 26th, 2010
9:35 am

Don’t feed it and it will go away and seek nurishment elsewhere.

We have got to have Douglas come back effective and /or Weems to step it up a notch. Sad to say but I think Finn will not make the team if a couple of those young tall posession guys prove effective on ST’s.

SeenThisB4

July 26th, 2010
9:41 am

Y2M: I guarantee ya, the Saints are going to have to cut a receiver that would make a solid 3 or 4 for the falcants. But, he’ll be long gone by the time you guys pick on the waiver list.

JB FALCON

July 26th, 2010
9:42 am

PROF, this AIN’T NO homework grading session, we read for content. B4, what you gonna do with all that gathered knowledge. Share it with Payton on one of your friendly chats where he asks you for advice?!

DC Dirty Bird

July 26th, 2010
9:43 am

The slot was our weakness last year and our hope is that Harry can come back with the same burst out of his cuts that he showed his rookie year. I think we addressed that this offseason with the guys we brought in. I dare any Saints fan to declare that any WR on our roster is just a camp body. They have at least 2 of their top three WR’s were late round picks that blossom. I think we have a couple that are ready for break out camps and regular season production.

truth

July 26th, 2010
9:54 am

SeenThisLoserB4……so in other words you don’t have the confidence in the aints like you claim, to man up.

PMC

July 26th, 2010
10:00 am

If Matt Ryan and perhaps more importantly Michael Turner stay healthy Roddy would easily have eclipsed 1200 yards last season.

PMC

July 26th, 2010
10:00 am

We have to have Douglas back healthy. He is extremely important in this offense.

Paddy

July 26th, 2010
10:06 am

PMC…you are right about a healthy Douglas. That could be a difference maker.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 26th, 2010
10:10 am

This is just idiotic at this point. Why has the Falcons not signed TO? He’s available, he’s cheap and he is WAY better then Michale “Dropsies” Jenkins. I had planned on maybe going toa game this year, but if they don’t get TO, I and assure you I wont go to a game. You can keep your team Mr Blank!

D Money

July 26th, 2010
10:10 am

There are way too many ifs on this squad right now to be considered SB bound. I’m pulling for them like any other fan but too many questions remain for me to truly believe we’re ready for the SB.

-will Douglas be ready?
-will Ryan have a stellar year?
-will Peria Jerry be ready?
-will Abraham rebound this year?
-will Moore return ready?

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 26th, 2010
10:31 am

I think with as much time Ryan has spent, looking at the film and working with underneath passing this off season will pay off. I really feel more recivers will get more catches this season. Off course getting back to a heavy run game always opens up the play-action. The mold we have on defense will help out the reat of the team.

BurningRedBleedingBlack

July 26th, 2010
10:33 am

rest* of the team, my apologies.

ernisTbass

July 26th, 2010
10:35 am

Why no mention of Norwood??? The dude is already the second best receiver on the team and would probably push Roddy for #1 if Mularkey would throw him the damn ball and stop trying to send his frail butt through the line. The dude can burn it

truth

July 26th, 2010
10:43 am

The “ifs” could be said of any team. This franchise finally has a staff that can take care of the ifs. If the injuries can stay away this year the team will do just fine (that was the problem in ‘09) not the players or coaches.

drmondo

July 26th, 2010
10:44 am

Guys, just don’t respond to the trolls and they’ll get bored.

Here’s hoping Douglas can provide a deep threat and take some pressure off White. It’s usually too much to ask a rookie to be a great player his first year, but if one or two guys can contribute more than we got from our 3-6 WRs last year, it might be enough. I honestly think that a healthy, in-shape Turner will help the passing game more than anything else. When they start stacking the box we’ll hurt them with passes like ‘08.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 26th, 2010
10:46 am

And who beter to help then TO!

Does this team want to fail?

truth

July 26th, 2010
10:56 am

I would like to see more of the ball being spread around to different guys. Hold your ego B4, like the aints and Pats do.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 26th, 2010
11:01 am

Is rookie WR Dez Bryant out of line for not carrying the vets’ shoulder pads? http://bit.ly/9Yb05M

truth

July 26th, 2010
11:10 am

Yes DLed I think so. It’s just something rookies have went through forever in the NFL. To me it proves he is not willing to pay his dues, not to mention the respect for vets. He may be the next prima donna T.O. Glad we didn’t draft him.

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truth

July 26th, 2010
11:14 am

Dez signs his contract and the truth of who he really is starts to come to the service. What’s gonna happen when he doesn’t get his way……we’ll see and aome people will have to eat their words siying we should have signed him.

Paddy

July 26th, 2010
11:18 am

Joe Tess fish house….The Falcons have not signed TO for the same reason all the other teams have not signed him.. Cancer in the lockeroom and he can’t play any longer. Don’t you think Buffalo would have re-signed him if he any value ? They had enough of that guy after 1 season. I guess you won’t be going to any games because TD has already stated he wants no part of the TO situation on his team.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 26th, 2010
11:27 am

Mark my words Paddy, the Falcons will fail because if they don’t sigh TO. Just because TD says someting does not mean it’s true. It’s a smoke screen to through off the otehr teams. Buffalo did not resign him because they are not very smart there. The other teams in the NFL have not signed him because they are either dum, or do not need TO like the Falcons need him. WE still have Jenkins on the roster. That should tell you sumtin!

CPat16

July 26th, 2010
11:31 am

DOL, saw u on 11Alive yesterday, the pink bowtie was a nice touch….with that said, I think the WRs we got are a good young squad. This is how I think & should play out:

White- #1
Jenkins- #2
Douglas- Slot
Meir & Wolfe- 3rd & Red zone
Finneran- Special Teams
Harvey & Weems- Practice Squad

Not sure how many receivers u can have on the roster, 6 and 2 would be nice.

truth

July 26th, 2010
11:31 am

Something smells “fishy” with all the T.O. talk. Exactlly waht did T.O. do for the teams he was on to win a superbowl, on wait T.O. has never been on a superbowl winning team. So….T.O. aint nothing to this team or any other for that matter. TD putting up a smoke screen…..BWAA HA HA HA! On a dumb comment scale from 1-10 that comment gets an 11.