PRACTICE REPORT: Things go relatively peaceful with Jaguars

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio speaks to the media following the morning practice. D.Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com

Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio speaks to the media following the morning practice. D.Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons and the Jaguars went through a relatively peaceful first combined practice Monday morning.

There were two little dust-ups, but no fights of note broke out.

“I saw a little bit of chippiness from our end today, but I told our guys right away that’s not what we are interested in,” Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio said. “You are not going to show me that you’re tough by doing stuff like that. We want our guys to come in here, practice hard and be competitive. We are really in a combined practice atmosphere.”

Falcons coach Mike Smith thought the first practice went well. The two teams will hold a special teams practice Monday afternoon.

“It’s great for our personnel department to evaluate our guys against other guys,” Smith said. “It’s an opportunity to work against other people.”

JENKINS UPDATE:  Smith said that starting wide receiver Michael Jenkins will not require surgery for his left shoulder injury. He’s expected to miss four to six weeks.

“We are going to rotate our wide receivers,” Smith said. “Harry Douglas will be coming back. Brian Finneran and Eric Weems, they are all experienced players that will really step into his role. Again, Harry, we are bringing him along slowly and in a one-a-day mode. Brian and Eric will probably get the majority of the snaps and we’ll get Kerry Meier in the game Friday night.”

Jenkins injured his shoulder when he fell awkwardly trying to catch a deep pass from Matt Ryan in the intrasquad scrimmage on Friday.

Jenkins was at practice and was not wearing a shoulder harness. Smith would not reveal if he suffered a dislocated or separated shoulder.

Other practice notes:

  • Linebacker Mike Peterson has inflammation in his calf and will miss a couple of days of practice.
  • Safety William Moore did not practice and is considered day to day.
  • Wide receiver Troy Bergeron, who was out with a calf injury, returned to practice.
  • Cornerback Dunta Robinson (hamstring) and running back Jerious Norwood (hip flexor) appeared to be running extremely well under the supervision of the training staff.
  • Defensive tackle Thomas Johnson (right achilles) did not practice.
  • Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon lined up with the first team defense with Peterson out with an injury.

106 comments Add your comment

Marcus

August 9th, 2010
12:46 pm

crap. all these guys are getting dinged.

Marcus

August 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

primus.

DOL: If Jenkins is out 4-6 weeks, is there a category or status that he may be placed in to allow for an extra roster spot for a WR yet still keep Jenkins available for reg.season once he become healthy?
If I recall, some of the more serious categories (Inured Reserve?) mean that he is unavailable the entire season, even if he regains his health.

Bird Droppings

August 9th, 2010
12:52 pm

Third. Cool.

singhisking

August 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

put kerry meier as #2 and douglas #3 problem solve.

SirReal

August 9th, 2010
12:53 pm

Well Jenkins injury will give us a chance to see what depth we really have at WR…wish him a fast recovery but glad to assess other talent as well.

Bird Droppings

August 9th, 2010
12:54 pm

Not worried about any of these injuries. Jenks is going to set us back a notch or two for the first quarter of the season, but I would imagine that everyone else in the division is also experiencing its share of TC injuries. Let’s just hope no one blows out a knee.

Scott Case

August 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

William Moore looking more and more like a bust

SLY

August 9th, 2010
12:58 pm

Is it me or is it beginning to be the same people every year whom is reported with an injury. Its always Norwood the Glass Man (he want be striking up the band anytime soon), William Moore( hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet), Troy Bergeron (only a matter of time before he’s cut) bring back the GA Force. Although we haven’t had any major injuries to key players, consider that a positive and hope it remain that way. All that said can’t wait until Friday, Go Falcons.

BKJ

August 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

DOL- Why no explanation of Moore’s injury, since there was for all the other players missing practice?

wr spot

August 9th, 2010
1:03 pm

Meier has to step up all of a sudden. You know what an over the hill Fin has to offer. He is strickly a third down and red zone receiver. Weems cant seem to shake #4 reciever status. Mainly beacuse of talent. HD is your slot man and you dont want to have to move him outside. Like Sam Jackson said time to “Rise up” Mr Meier. Maybe McKay could re-sign Joe Horn. That worked out well the first go around.

SLY

August 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

Oh, if you look at the stats and the fact M. Jenkins cost the Falcons along with J. Elam the playoffs last year, is the main reason I stated we haven’t had injuries to key players. M. Jemkins has not been a key factor in games, and not viewed as a threat.

Reid Adair

August 9th, 2010
1:04 pm

It doesn’t sound like anything too serious with the various injuries (other than Michael Jenkins).

Mr. Phil

August 9th, 2010
1:06 pm

It’s football. It’s August. People are gonna get dinged up. We just gotta avoid major injuries (like Jenkins) the best we can.

real falcon fan

August 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

when 1 player goes down , its gives another player a chance. This is how football is!

SLY

August 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

DOL – Are the Falcons going to look into requiring someone via free agency like a L. Coles or explore trade with someone like Dallas for a disgrunteled Patrick Crayton?

Joe Horn

August 9th, 2010
1:13 pm

Good call SLY. Jamal Anderson would look good on the Dallas Bench. Crayton as #2 and a punt return option would be nice.

Joe Horn

August 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

Crayton would relish playing in JerryWorld for the Falcons in the Superbowl

82Dawg

August 9th, 2010
1:16 pm

@Scott Case ….kind of like you did during your whole career

chc4

August 9th, 2010
1:17 pm

I really like the William Moore pick at the time but geez… the guy is so brittle. Too bad b/c we need depth at S.

myra

August 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

when are we gonna give matt ryan some quality receivers to go w/roddy?
lets see what matt can/cant do.
but give him some quality guys.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 9th, 2010
1:38 pm

Marcus — Injured reserved = out for season. He’s not being listed at this time.

SirReal — Yes, we’ll get to see the depth. They are not signing a camp body.

SLY — NO. Not at this time.

BKJ — Coach was vague and I don’t want any mis-information out there. Working on getting some specifics on Moore.

waynester

August 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

Thanks DLed
Will you be at the special teams workout? All updates appreciated–would love to hear more about what you’re seeing on our Lines, particularly OL….

Brett

August 9th, 2010
1:52 pm

Heck, I don’t blame the guys. It’s too damn hot to practice. They’ll be healthy when it gets a little cooler.

wxwax

August 9th, 2010
2:05 pm

Yeah, sorry to hear that William Moore is hurt. Again.

I don’t blame him, he can’t help it.

Bit if this GM has a weakness, it’s his tendency to draft players with a history of being injured. Sam Baker, Peria Jerry, William Moore.

Hamp

August 9th, 2010
2:08 pm

We’ll be fine people are gonna have to Rise UP (pun intended) I want to see what Harvey and Meir have this weekend. I also wanna see what spoon has.

Hollywould

August 9th, 2010
2:18 pm

I agree with Brett. Pull up a little lame and get out of the heat.

Dr. Warren

August 9th, 2010
2:29 pm

We need a new receiver. Jenkins is undependable anyway.

BigTimeTECHFan

August 9th, 2010
2:45 pm

Wait on WR – Somebody will cut a good one for money reason later in camp. Falcons can pick one up right before season like we did DB Williams and Foxworth, I think Booker was picked up after cuts last year, just hope this one is better. You can bet all their agents will be calling ATL.

Superbowl????

August 9th, 2010
3:01 pm

Is this the team that is supposed to make a serious run at the Superbowl? You have got to be kidding me. You lose one WR and now the sky is falling. The problem is that this team does not have any depth at any position on the team. Your last two drafts have been fruitless. And this is the team that is supposed to win the NFC SOUTH. The Saints #4 WR(lance moore) is better than your number two…that is what depth will do for a team!

Sage of Bluesland

August 9th, 2010
3:03 pm

Willy

August 9th, 2010
3:06 pm

good call, BT TechFan

Boston College Falcon

August 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

Playoffs?!? I just hope we can win a game.

waynester

August 9th, 2010
3:23 pm

Saint fans on here gabbing about team depth had better look in their own yard first. Dimitroff has been steadily building depth since his arrival and only time will tell how successful he has been. NO is the team that just reached for another FA WR, not ATL….

NOLA

August 9th, 2010
3:28 pm

America’s Team visits the White House. Damn it’s lovely to be a Saints fan.

‘cons one day, maybe your team could be in a similar position. Just keep showing your daddy some respect and your dreams might come true.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/trainingcamp10/news/story?id=5448627

Life is just grand. :) :)

Birdword

August 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

N=New
O=Orleans
L=Losers
A=Again
Life would be better if you could manage a winning record against the Falcons.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

August 9th, 2010
3:35 pm

I like Jerious Norwood. I really do. He has incredible speed and quickness and when he gets in the open, he is dangerous. But he’s the Chipper Jones of the Falcons. Injury after injury, year after year. Has anyone ever looked closely at his legs. They’re pencils!! Pencils!! He obviously doesn’t work his lower body. He has to totally rely on his speed to get open, which isn’t often. It doesn’t take a hard hit at all to bring him down. You can practically breathe on him and he goes down. Again, I like him. I think he’s a good person. But he never has lived up to the original hype that brought him here.

Khao$

August 9th, 2010
3:42 pm

Not to be harsh on the kid, but I don’t think Moore will evolve into a major cog on this Falcons’ team. It is looking more and more like injuries are going to sideline him.

Superbowl????

August 9th, 2010
3:47 pm

@ waynester, the saints picked up a camp body and nothing more. And what depth has dimitroff been building? Let me see, you stil have the same offensive line, the same running backs, the same WRS, the same TE, the same D-line(plus Jerry,if he can play), the same LBS, and you think you upgraded your DB position by overpaying for a CB who did not even get a pick last year. Oh yeah, I forgot he is your “SHUTDOWN CORNER”. I got one question, what happens when the Saints come out with 4 wide outs and Bush out the back field. Who does your SHUTDOWN CORNER cover??? Yeah right,

Dan Duffy

August 9th, 2010
3:49 pm

If William Moore doesn’t start a minimum of 12 games, he is a bust…He was hurt all last year and is struggling again this year.

Birdword

August 9th, 2010
4:00 pm

what happens when the Saints come out with 4 wide outs and Bush out the back field? Shorty gets sacked.

It would be nice to get more detail on Moore’s status

hiramsaint

August 9th, 2010
4:00 pm

Superbowl????- the ‘cons shutdown corner is damaged goods after the 1st practice.

hiramsaint

August 9th, 2010
4:02 pm

birdword- the correct answer would be 6 pts for bush out of the backfield and abe saying ” what happened ? “

waynester

August 9th, 2010
4:11 pm

Super????
Sure hope you know your own roster better than you know Atlanta’s. Since taking over Dimitroff has remade the roster, adding 2 MLB, 6 OLB, 5 TE, 3 OT, 4 DE, 3OC, 8 WR, 5 S, 4 OG, 5 CB, 4 DT, 4 RB, 2 FB, @ QB 2 PK, and 4 RB–and those are just the guys that made the roster, not “camp bodies” or practice squadders. There are only 10 or 12 guys on the team that weren’t brought in by the new regime. Don’t come on here acting like you know what you’re talking about–you obviously don’t know squat about this team…but you will…..

wes

August 9th, 2010
4:11 pm

just throw it to gonzalez everytime. we will win

Birdword

August 9th, 2010
4:17 pm

Well said, Waynester.

hiramsaint

August 9th, 2010
4:18 pm

waynester- numbers do not = depth. wes-are you serious? i guess you are since matty slush sais he prefers the short game. he even knows he can’t get it down the field accurately

waynester

August 9th, 2010
4:21 pm

hiramsaint
Illogic works both ways–
Your new DB P Robinson is obviously a bust since he couldn’t even play in the Gold & Black game. Your LB Shanle, WR Harper and TE Lorenzen all must be wusses since they too came up lame at the post. Every team has injured players except yours, eh?

waynester

August 9th, 2010
4:23 pm

How can numbers not equate to depth? Every team has the same number of men on the roster and PS–Atlanta has not only depth, but Quality depth. You’ll see….

hiramsaint

August 9th, 2010
4:27 pm

quality?????? who??????????

Superbowl????

August 9th, 2010
4:29 pm

@ waynester. That is my point. You just gave a tally of all these so called changes on your team but you are still in the same situation. What player on your team could come to the Saints and be a major upgrade. Not one…I can name 2 db, 3 wrs, 4 offensive lineman,,,,why even continue. Keep dreaming waynester. It is obvious you are a believer in the “Rise UP” Sermon…Unfortunately for your team, IT IS “OUR TIME”…See ya in September, and when you come down why don’t you look up and see that SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER hanging from the top of the dome. I know it may look foreign to you so take a picture and so you can remember what one looks like!!