Kerry Meier is snagging everything thrown his way

Wide receiver Kerry Meier is off to a good start in training camp. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

Wide receiver Kerry Meier is off to a good start in training camp. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons fifth round pick Kerry Meier is off to a great start in training camp.

He’s running crisp routes and has shown some nice hands.

“I’m just focused on building a solid foundation with my teammates and my coaches,” Meier said. “It’s been great. A lot of hard work and understanding that there is a lot more hard work and long days ahead.”

Coach Mike Smith views Roddy White and Michael Jenkins as the No. 1 and No. 2 receivers. The offensive braintrust is hoping that Harry Douglas can lock down the No. 3 job.

After that, the fight is on for roster spots.

Brian Finneran, Eric Weems and Meier are in the next group fighting for roster spots. Also, undrafted free agents Ryan Wolfe and Brandyn Harvey have looked good early in camp.

There’s also Andy Strickland, Tim Buckley and Troy Bergeron.

“There will be a lot of competition right behind the top three spots,” Smith said.

Meier, who started his college career at Kansas as a quarterback, is looking forward to competing.

“That’s great,” Meier said. “Anytime that you can get competition at a position and through the football team, that’s great. It’s going to push everybody to get better. If people are getting better individually, we are just going to get better as a team.”

Meier knows that he’ll have to make an impact on special teams.

99 comments Add your comment

first

August 2nd, 2010
10:09 am

I hope he does well!

OranJuceJones

August 2nd, 2010
10:19 am

The reports just keep getting better.Seems as though we have alot of competitive guys at camp which should only make players step there game up..I guess we can be sure that the starters for this yr. will be superb players..Cream always rises to the top

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 2nd, 2010
10:19 am

From everything that is being said about Meier (very positive), I am hoping that he can quickly move up the depth chart and make an immediate impact this year on the field as a WR.

mountain_jim

August 2nd, 2010
10:21 am

Go Meier -the new Finn! (who has been great but can his body hold up for another season…)

SeenThisB4

August 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

There is no real proven WR depth on this mediocre roster list, after White that is. Positions 2, 3 , 4 & 5 are all up for grabs.

The picture caption says he is off to a good start. The first sentence in the story says he’s off to a great start. I bet the truth is that he is off to an average start. Good vs Great. They spit out adjectives around here like my lawn mower spits out blades of grass.

Marcus

August 2nd, 2010
10:29 am

ditto mountain jim

CJ

August 2nd, 2010
10:36 am

I certainly enjoyed watching Weems last year, but as long as HD and JN can return kicks and punts, we don’t need him. Maybe he can play on the practice squad until one of the 2 can’t return kicks anymore due to a almost certain injury.

Brad

August 2nd, 2010
10:40 am

I watchedc meier quite a bit at ku. he is a solid receiver and a great pick up. people will be surprised how good he is. he will be our #2 by midseason.

Blue Fender

August 2nd, 2010
10:43 am

Sad to say, but Finn is gone. As previously reported, the youth movement is on.

Chop Buster

August 2nd, 2010
10:44 am

If this is a true “open competition” then someone should take Michael Jenkins’ spot right? Meier or Harvey has consistently snagged everything in all the practices so far. Let’s see if they can continue to do the same with pads on. Also if anyone has seen either one of them in camp can you tell me if they attack the ball–or wait on it like our prima donna Jenkins? I truly hope we are going to put the best players on the field this year and not let this become a political thing.

Mike Jay

August 2nd, 2010
10:45 am

Jenkins will be fine at #2 as long as he snags a few more TD’s. It was the lack of production beyond that that hurt us last year and it looks like we have added some talent, albeit young.

BadTad

August 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

Meier is a class act. He handled the quarterback transition at Kansas extremely well and moved to WR where he picked up tons of catches, yards and accolades. Here’s hoping he can perform at this level for the Falcons.

Mr. Phil

August 2nd, 2010
10:49 am

People with low self esteem and mother issues often inject themselves into situations and places where their opinions are not wanted and their presence is little more than mild annoyance. These are wannabe sociapathes who do not have the intelligence or the cojones to function in the real world. So they troll the blogosphere looking for people to harass in order to pad their since of self worth. But if nobody cares and nobody is annoyed, they revert to what they have always been-nothing.

Have you seen this before?

Toshie

August 2nd, 2010
10:55 am

Jenkins always passes that he should catch. From Meier should bet the chance for #2.

F-105 Thunderchief

August 2nd, 2010
10:58 am

As much as I like Finneran, maybe it’s time to go with a younger model.

Toshie

August 2nd, 2010
10:58 am

What is the problem with this thing. I actually wrote that Jenkins drops all the passes that he should catch. Meier should get a chance at #2 spot,

Dr. Sigmund Football

August 2nd, 2010
11:02 am

I recommend a three-month course of anti-depressants and therapy for SeenThisB4 to treat a generally gloomy outlook and unpleasant disposition.

SeenThisB4

August 2nd, 2010
11:06 am

Mr. Phil: I didn’t harass anybody, not even you. The fact is, the falcant WR corp is in need of upgrading at every position past the #1 slot. If you dispute it, tell me why, instead of sermonizing.

cheshire

August 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

i’ve always liked Finn and i’m sure he’s a great guy, but it just doesn’t make any sense to keep bringing him back year after year so he can get hurt and miss half the season. we can’t keep loading our team up with injury prone guys, and if you have young guys as promising as what i’m hearing in your receiving corp, it’s time to give them a shot.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

August 2nd, 2010
11:10 am

meier looks good on paper & pratice- question is, does it translate on gameday. i see harry as more of a percy harvin role and a #3 wr. hopefully offense can design some plays specifically for him

IceFan

August 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

He is the new B. Finn and then some. I think Meier will be a fan-favorite possession receiver in the short term and grow into a more significant role in the long-term. Can’t wait to see him snag some 3rd down conversions.

SeenThisB4

August 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

You guys ever hear of Mazlovws Hierarchy? Probably. Let me assure you, I am comfortably sitting the the Self Actualization tier. You guys should be so lucky. It’s not a gloomy outlook to have a realistic view of the sport. Even though, I freely admit, that I’m biased in favor of the Saints; that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand the game, or the weaknesses (and few strengths) that the falcants possess. And WR on this team, is NOT a strength. ‘Course, that has as much to do with QB strength too, as it does WR talent.

cheshire

August 2nd, 2010
11:12 am

SeenThisB4, the entire point of drafting is to upgrade, and the entire point of training camp is to see what you’ve got. If you just want them to run out and buy a big name free agent, that’s not gonna happen. But it may not be necessary either. There are enough promising guys on this receiving corp to make you feel good about it. So whatever it is you are wanting the Falcons to do may have already been done. Give the young guys a chance and see what happens. So far it looks pretty good.

GregKennesaw

August 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

I just read that Norwood is out due to injury, this guy just can’t stay healthy, hip flexor again.

As for receivers, I dont’t think you’re correct Dled in saying that Weems and Finneran are ahead of Wolfe and Harvey. I’ve read nothing but good things about them. If Weems doesn’t win the return job, then we can do without him. Might be time to move Finneran onto the staff, with all his knee injuries.

That would leave White,Jenkins, Douglas,Meier,Harvey,Wolfe. Young yes, Inexperienced past #3, yes, but a big improvement over last year

SeenThisB4

August 2nd, 2010
11:17 am

Cheshire: I agree with you. This column was written as if Jenkins has the #2 slot locked, and I disagree. The only guy that has a position locked is White. I think everybody else needs to prove themselves, including Jenkins, to nail down a position.

If they had WRs that actually did have slots #2, #3, & #4 locked, then WR would be a strength. Who’s going to argue that?

Larry

August 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

Roddy White is a Michael Vick supporter. By default White’s substandard IQ and lack of basic fundamental values assessment should disqualify him as a #1 receiver. But, even if he could speak proper English and distance himself from a “Michael Vick” type his routine drops of winning TD passes alone makes him, at best, a #2 receiver on a great offensive team like the Colts, Saints or Patriots. Manning, Brady or Brees would never go to White with the game on the line. They would look first a a guy like Meier.,

GregKennesaw

August 2nd, 2010
11:22 am

Larry,

That post is in poor taste, Roddy White is a pro-bowl receiver, and would be the Number #1 on a lot of teams.

GTax

August 2nd, 2010
11:25 am

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Larry.

Just because someone hangs around Vick doesn’t mean they are any less stupid as Vick was/is/may be. Roddy and Vick have obviously been friends for years and that includes Vicks troubled time as a Falcon and Roddy never got into any of Vicks mess. Sounds to me like White is just a good friend, but has a much better head on his shoulders.

As for Meier, I can’t wait to see him on the field. I was excited when we got him.

Larry

August 2nd, 2010
11:26 am

Further, as an added element of surprise, what if, on a wide receiver screen, Meier pulled it back and hummed it to Gonzalez who had snuck in behind the linebackers that were moving up to tackle Meier? This added element of surprise is a must when facing the great defenses cabable of taking away the run.

now that's funny

August 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

Please tell me Norwood’s not hurt. He could be a game changer, but not if he’s on the sideline.

phoenix falcon

August 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

@Mr. Phil

Ditto

33TheBurner33

August 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

i have a feeling that Meire is going to be a fan favorite in atlanta…

Larry

August 2nd, 2010
11:32 am

GregKennesaw,

“…Roddy White is a pro-bowl receiver, and would be the Number #1 on a lot of teams.”

Perhaps, but I wrote “…a #2 receiver on a great offensive team like the Colts, Saints or Patriots” with emphasis on “great.”

As for the “poor taste” Vick comments, I can’t get it out of my mind the “free Mike Vick” shirt White embarrassed himself and this city with on Monday Night Football. Frankly I wish he’d been cut and run out of town when everyone with more that a double digit IQ knew Vick was lying and guilty; everyone, that is, but White, I guess…or did he know and just didn’t care?

FalconsFan

August 2nd, 2010
11:35 am

SeenThisB4, I personally saw Meier at Mini-Camp and at Training Camp, he’s off to a great start. Don’t let your pessimism hit you on your way out the door. Meier is a solid player who caught the attention of the SI cover staff for a reason last year, he’s a legit WR who has career potential in the NFL.

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JeanE

August 2nd, 2010
11:39 am

Finn can still contribute so I hope he & Meier can make the team. Kerry could learn alot from Finn…Finn should still be on this team, they are stupid if they cut him as long as his body holds up, he is valuable on 3rd down and special teams. Nobody runs the fade route like Finn!

adam

August 2nd, 2010
11:43 am

I’ve liked this guy for a long time

SeenThisB4

August 2nd, 2010
11:44 am

FalconsFan: So you admit, he’s all potential, not proven. The SI cover staff? The people who put women in swimsuits on their cover? Is that who you are referencing? Really?! Well then, let’s just put him in the Hall of Fame this weekend!!! The SI cover staff,…..un…..believeeeee…..able.

Joey

August 2nd, 2010
11:47 am

I like women in swimsuits . . .

Joey

August 2nd, 2010
11:49 am

Norwood injured? Norwood?

robertussen

August 2nd, 2010
11:50 am

hey seen your city smells like pee

robertussen

August 2nd, 2010
11:52 am

and i think you’ve been drinking too much of that oil in your water if you think the saints will take the south again. your team is going where all that pee should have gone.

Jeff

August 2nd, 2010
11:53 am

Anybody else think that this is a make-or-break year for Jenkins? I’ve seen him drop too many balls in big situations to think of him as a dependable option, much less a clutch receiver.

I think a corps of White, Douglas, Finneran, Weems, Meier, Bergeron and maybe Wolfe should be the receiving group (in that order)… combined with Tony G’s talents, that’s a decent WR group. Let’s let Jenkins take his mediocre game somewhere else next year UNLESS he steps it up big-time this season.

Tommy Calamari

August 2nd, 2010
12:02 pm

No doubt this kids shown promise and deserves a chance. Keep Finn around, for one more, though. He has the intangibles, plays various postions, and is HUGE on third and longs when healthy. Believe me, one more year with the Finn.

Halsey

August 2nd, 2010
12:07 pm

It’s not a make or break year for Jenkins because he’s already been made. He’s been with the Falcons for 6 years and been paid well. He’s not a star, but he’s not as bad as many Falcon’s fans think he is.

The Falcons would have a lot of size at WR if they kept White. Jenkins, Finneran and Meier.

FalconsFan

August 2nd, 2010
12:09 pm

SeenThisB4,
They had your boy several times on the cover, you know Vick. Oh too close to home?

FalconsFan

August 2nd, 2010
12:11 pm

By the way, the NFL draft is based on POTENTIAL.. Meier is showing his great potential in practice. It doesn’t take a moron to figure out that’s what the article is stating. He’s off to a good start, that’s it. SI saw him as a great player on a good KU team. The Falcons saw him as a great player, who was worth a draft pick and now the rest of us are seeing how good he really is. How this is an issue for some is mind-boggling.

Ted M

August 2nd, 2010
12:13 pm

What’s his 40 time Kerry Meier? anyone

SeenThisB4

August 2nd, 2010
12:14 pm

FalconsFan: I couldn’t care less about Vick. But, remember the hand gesture he gave to the FalcantsFans? Same to you! LOL!!!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

waynester

August 2nd, 2010
12:16 pm

I have to wonder if some of the posters on here even read the dispatches from camp provided by DLed & Co. Every day so far, all I’ve been reading indicates that White is looking amazing, that Jenkins is flying around the field catching everything that’s thrown his way and that the young WRs are showing tremendous improvement and rare dedication to their craft. It’s true that we’ll have to see it to believe it since we’re all skeptics on these boards–but the reports from camp are quite encouraging…..