Peria Jerry faced brother John Jerry for six snaps

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry played six snaps in the first half against Miami.  Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry played six snaps in the first half against Miami. Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com

MIAMI –  Defensive tackle Peria Jerry did not start, but entered the game on the second defensive series. He was going against his younger brother John Jerry, who was at right guard for the Dolphins.

Jerry, who had not played since the second game of last season because of a knee surgery, played six snaps in the first round.

Also, running back Jerious Norwood returned to action. He was used on three third down plays and the kneel down play to end the first half.

Norwood caught one pass for 8 yards in the first half.

Safety William Moore, who was making his preseason debut, played on special teams. He was a gunner on the punt coverage team in the third quarter and was on the kickoff coverage unit.

Moore got some action at safety in the third quarter.

Cornerback Brian Williams, who is coming back from major knee surgery, saw his first action of the preseason. He came on in the third quarter and played right cornerback.

NO THIRD DOWN WOES: The first-team defense, mostly blitzing out of a 3-3-5 nickel package, was stout on third down in the first half. The Dolphins converted only 1 of 7 third down situations.

Improving on third downs has been a point of emphasis after the Falcons led the league in allowing teams to convert on third down 45 percent (97 of 214) of the time. Indianapolis (104 of 231) and Jacksonville (94 of 209) were also at 45 percent.

The Dolphins only first-half conversion came on a 20-yard pass to Brandon Marshall in the last drive before halftime.

PETERSON PLAYS BIG:  Weakside linebacker Mike Peterson had a strong game. Miami went for it on a fourth-and-1 in the second quarter and Peterson broke through to stuff running back Lousaka Polite. Curtis Lofton was credited with helping out.

With Miami threatening to tie the game right before halftime, Peterson tipped a pass and safety Erik Coleman made an interception.

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37 comments Add your comment

Marcus

August 28th, 2010
7:20 am

1st? Last? Somewhere in the middle?

Mike Jay

August 28th, 2010
8:12 am

Defense looked pretty darn good. pass rush has been great all season and the run Def finally looked like last years. Offense still looks rusty. ryan was inaccurate early and him and Roddy did not look to be on the same page of some of the plays. They did get better as the game went on especially in the hurry up no huddle. pass blocking is still suspect nad Sam Baker looks weak protecting that blind side. Wish they would have brought in a better one and moved him over to the right side. One lame throw away game to go!

mountain_jim

August 28th, 2010
8:13 am

I dvr’ed game overnight, have not watched yet.

Bangkapi Ajarn

August 28th, 2010
8:20 am

DOL. thanks for the breakdowns!

I was disappointed with the Roddy White connection,it seemed that the route problems were mostly his – not counting the drops! I WOULD like to have seen more of the UFA WR’s. especially Harvey and Wolfe who presumably shined in OTA’s.

Peterson was a beast (keeping in mind it IS preseason). Maybe most of Spoon’s snaps will be on the other side, in Nichols spot this year?

donegoneit

August 28th, 2010
8:54 am

I think these Atlanta boys are jellin together very well. I really like this defense.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

August 28th, 2010
9:16 am

In listening to the commentary following the game on ESPN, they kept saying that the Falcons are flying under the radar this year in terms of expectations and projections……I like it that way and hopefully the team will be able to surprise a lot of non-believers this year.

I just want those bandwagon folks to STAY OFF THE BANDWAGON when the team is successful this year. We don’t want or need you!!!!!

SeenThisB4

August 28th, 2010
9:19 am

LOL! I can’t help but see the irony here. Five years after Katrina, Atlanta is flooded with the Koolaid! “flying under the radar this year…” LOL!

GEAUX SAINTS! OUR TIME!!

David

August 28th, 2010
9:31 am

Roddy White Is over rated. To many droped balls

Wildebeast

August 28th, 2010
9:46 am

Anybody injured, dinged-up? Inquisitive minds would like to know!

waynester

August 28th, 2010
10:45 am

Love the team’s direction but not sure they’re there yet. Saints are still playing at a high level and both Car and TB are moving in the right direction again. It’s great to see the NFCSouth in the mix and it’s 2 neediest franchises (NO&ATL) seriously improved. Forbes came out with team valuations this past week and CAR and TB were ranked ahead of ATL and NO. Only consistent winning will cure what has ailed the Falcons and Saints so long and hopefully, we’ll see more of it this year since that’s what Mike Smith preaches constantly.

oldbird

August 28th, 2010
10:53 am

SeeThisB4, do the aints not have a blog or are you embicile cajuns just too stupid to invent one? I rarely comment, but enjoy most readers’ posts. Yes, congratulations that you lucked into a superbowl victory. But please remember your history of being one of the worst franchises in the NFL. The tide will turn and you will be on the bottom again soon enough. Please GEAUX away. Surely there is some form of media that you can obtain to garner some knowledge of your beloved aints.

shane

August 28th, 2010
10:57 am

If Sam Baker has another so-so year at left tackle, I hope the falcons bring in an upgrade at the position after the season. What do you guys think of Sam’s play and what would you like to see havppen?

Greg

August 28th, 2010
11:21 am

Loved the defense (as everyone did), loved the protection Ryan got (we have a pretty darn good O-line, don’t we?). Turner running hard. Jerious (with one exception) running hard. Some flashes of good plays by LBs and CBs (some break-downs, too). Douglas looked great. On the negative side, Ryan has not looked sharp yet, and he is still often having accuracy problems, even on short passes. What gives with him, anyway? What the heck is wrong? Honestly, Redman looked better. Chevis was very inconsistent at corner. I doubt he’ll start, even in the nickel. Most important: we were playing one of the NFL’s weakest, most inconsistent teams. we need to remember that. Frankly, they looked pathetic last night.

Bird Dog

August 28th, 2010
11:28 am

Definitely have some concerns about MR2. He has not looked sharp in any of the preseason games. He doesn’t look very comfortable in the pocket. He seems to get happy feet when the pocket starts to close in around him and rushes his throws a bit. Oh, and Chevis needs to be cut.

PlanB

August 28th, 2010
11:39 am

I thought Robinson was starting at CB. I didn’t see him. Did he play? What’s the news?
Matty was and is a little inaccurate with his passing ;however, he was perfect with what should have been a TD to Roddy White. He also looked off the safties on that play. The defense looked good. Didn’t think I would ever say this but 98JA looked good at DE & DT. I hope it’s not just because it’s a contract year. Not sure I would give him more than one year at a time. I do like the JA on run downs and Beer on pass downs. Both will be fresher for the 4th quarter.
Didn’t care too much for Chevis Jackson’s play.
Good to see Jerry & Moore in there. Moore got in a nice lick. All in all, a good game.
Offense needs to step it up. I like Palmer. Made some good catches. Played some basketball somewhere. I think the best TE’s have some b’ball background. Size with athleticism.
Next year I think we should go for a #1 WR and a LT or can we get V. Jackson this year?
Redman looked fine at QB. Would like to have seen more of Wolfe & Harvey.
I think this will be the first year we will have good depth to the point that many of the players that we let go, other teams will pick them up. Hats off to MS & TD for that.

PlanB

August 28th, 2010
11:44 am

I see several other guys didn’t like Jackson’s play at CB.

oldbird

August 28th, 2010
11:48 am

Chevis really got burned a lot last night but seemed to get better toward the end, probably because he was playing against folks that won’t make the practice squad. I thing that we will be okay at CB with Robinson and Williams, and the defense will be markedly improved. I am concerned that Matt Ryan is only completing 50% of his passes. That is way too low with the targets that he has. Harry Douglas looks like he is definitely back. I think that we can look forward to a very good season , and Tony Gonzales will finally get his first playoff win, but I don’t see us going all the way. Packers are better, Dallas as much as I still despise them for the fluke in ‘79 is a little better, and probably the Vikings too now that wishy washy diva Brett is back. But who knows? The aints sure as heck weren’t the best team in the NFL last year and they won it. Let’s play some football!

Dennis

August 28th, 2010
12:00 pm

@SeenThisB4 – I’m a Falcons fan living in Biloxi. I’ve had many rip-roaring good times with Saints fans when I’ve gone to the dome to see the games while wearing my Falcons colors. I bet you weren’t one of them.

Chris

August 28th, 2010
12:07 pm

Hey any news on Kroy the Beerman? I wasn’t able to watch the game due to directv not showing preseason on their 350 dollar sunday ticket. I saw on the af.com message boards that they were checking him out for a concussion. I hope he’s good to go, the man is an absolute beast.

The Grinch

August 28th, 2010
12:25 pm

I haven’t seen much from Jackson since we drafted him. Roddy is the most perplexing receiver; he makes some of the most difficult, athletic catches you’ll ever see yet he also drops passes seemingly anyone could catch. I hope Douglas continues to return to form, and Jenkins finally decides to step it up when he comes back. I think signing Gonzalez has really stunted Ryan’s development.

However, it was nice to see Norwood capable of four carries in the same game. Nice to see that William Moore does actually exist in real life. Nice to see the defense look good without Robinson.

I still think they can go 11-5.

utas

August 28th, 2010
12:54 pm

Jackson looked like a high school player playing with pros. I hope he doesn’t make the roster. Matt Ryan has to step it up lot for ATL to make the playoffs. Didn’t like what i saw on the offense for this “almost” regular season game..

gman

August 28th, 2010
1:24 pm

C. JACKSON did look pretty bad at times, but people he’s really a rookie on the outside. hes got to be exposed, it’ll only make him better. sometimes you have to loose a little to gain alot. he has the skills he just has to hone in on them

Manny

August 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Here’s the deal:

The Falcons defense looks good, with the exception of Chevis Jackson. But even that can be corrected. And Chevis Jackson didn’t look THAT bad. He can and will probably do better.

Here’s my issue: This offense looks a mess. It’s not a bad offense, but it looks off. Once again, Turner is being overworked. Norwood is underutilized. Matt Ryan’s passes were inconsistent. There were drops from Roddy White. And Tony Gonzalez is a crutch. I mean, the only time that offense looks good at all is when we’re in the no-huddle. But the no-huddle is mostly screens, ins, runs and passes tot he TEs. Nothing downfield. And that means that we will have problems punching it in with the no-huddle because it’s terrible in the red zone.

Oh, and Chris Redman showed more touch and poise than Matt Ryan, period. Period!

Sly Ty

August 28th, 2010
1:39 pm

The Defense looked really good. The Offense didn’t look so good, which is okay. Also, don’t be surprised at how poorly the Saints perform on 9 September. They are still relying heavily on lucky bounces and good breaks. I am certain the Madden Curse will strike again as it always has.

Who Dat?!

August 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

“Flying under the radar”? HUH? I’ve seen a ton of projections picking the Falcons to win the division and I even remember some “expert” picking the Falcons to go to the Super Bowl. That doesn’t seem like flying under the radar. Plus, they’re definitely not flying under the Saints radar. The Falcons almost beat them twice last year so I’m sure the Saints will be more than ready this year.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I fully expect the Falcons to make the playoffs as a wildcard (barring major injury of course). The running game is too strong and Matt Ryan should have a solid year but you have to admit that the defense is still a big ??? No pass rush and only one truly good corner isn’t going to cut it against the likes of Brees or Favre or Palmer or Romo or any other pass first team.

The Falcons have a lot of work to do though to be ready for the season. The offense isn’t clicking and the D still needs time to gell. The Saints however, look to be in Mid-season form. At least offensively.

Good luck Falcons though, I love the rivarly and it’s always better when the teams are talented just keep your heads in check.

Who Dat?!

August 28th, 2010
2:15 pm

Lucky Bounces and good breaks? Last time I checked every team needed a few lucky bounces to get to the super bowl. But saying they are relying on them is an overstatement. The Saints main defensive goal is to create takeaways. The relentless blitzes do just that. I think the Saints will prove this year that they are not just a lucky team, they are darn strong!

Great Falconi

August 28th, 2010
2:15 pm

Matt Ryan is destroying our team. We have no shot as long as he is our QB.

Bring back Shockley :(

Falconidiot

August 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

The defense was flying to the ball 5 to 7 guys on almost every tackle, still have Daunte to add to the mix. Miami looked sick. Ryan needs to throw the ball stronger, i think he will come through. Roddy white bothers me with all these drops, he is gifted but a head case, FOCUS!
Looks like Harry is back, but i would consider going after VJ if it were possible to land him. Good to see JN going hard and MT looks like the most ready Falcon. Falcons will be fine but VJ would make them scary.

theriddler

August 28th, 2010
4:53 pm

No vertical passing game equals no championship.

now that's funny

August 28th, 2010
5:20 pm

I thought the offense looked good. MR2 had a bad game. We need to understand just who and what we are. We are 3 yards and a cloud of dust. We have a physical O line and big back (although he really doesn’t finish runs that well). If Turner stays healthy we will win 10-12 games this year, and that statement alone should give all Falcon fans a smile.

Fifty Cent Curtis Loften played and excellent game, as did the entire defense. This team is not flashy, but very capable especially when the D is playing like that.

NES

August 28th, 2010
7:51 pm

Can someone tell me what in the world is Matt Ryan doing taking a kneel-down when the other team jumps offsides? it is a free play and should be used to try and get a big play downfield, after all this isn’t college. i don’t understand Coach Smith going along with the kneel-down either. Just another questionable way to not go for a big play.

NES

August 28th, 2010
7:54 pm

Also, i betcha Ryan’s toe isn’t completely healed and probably is wrapped for each practice and each game. May explain why he is underthrowing some passes and floating the down and out passes, he can’t set feet correctly to throw off the turf toe foot. i hope that isn’t the case but sure looks like it could be the culprit why M. Ryan has been erratic. oh well, just my opinion.

Samuel

August 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

After I see the way we handle the Pittsburg Steelers, then I’ll have something to say. Who are we going to cut? Let’s put the starters out there together, in a regular season game. And then we can get a good read on how good this team is.

realbirdofprey

August 28th, 2010
8:10 pm

NES ITS NOT REALLY A PLAY WHEN THE QB SEES SOMEONE JUMP OFF SIDES HE SIGNALS THE CENTER TO SNAP THE BALL QUICKLY SO THEY CAN GET 5 YARDS HE KNEELS SO HE DOESNT GET A FREE HIT ON HIM

D. Orlando Ledbetter

August 28th, 2010
8:21 pm

wildebeast — No new major injuries.

FEAR THE TALON

August 28th, 2010
8:26 pm

IN ORDER TO BE SUCESSFUL THIS YEAR THIS HAS TO OCCUR EACH AND EVERY WEEK!!!

hiramsaint

August 28th, 2010
9:35 pm

y’all just gotta give ryan 1 more year. he’s already elite[ at least thats what the article said]—LOL LOL .