FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who missed the first two games with a shoulder injury, returned to practice on Wednesday.
Wide receivers Eric Weems and Harry Douglas have started in Jenkins’ spot. Douglas started against Pittsburgh and Weems made his first career start against Arizona.
Jenkins injured his shoulder in the team’s scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School on Aug. 6.
With Jenkins out of the lineup, Roddy White has gotten off to a fast start this season. He’s tied for the league lead with 20 receptions.
White believes that teams are going to start rolling coverage his way, which should open up things for other receivers.
Jenkins is entering his seventh season in the NFL. He was originally drafted by the Falcons as the second of two first round picks in
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Jason Snelling was named NFC offensive player of the week after amassing 186 total yards and scoring three touchdowns in the 41-7 rout of the Arizona Cardinals.
He scored two rushing touchdowns and one receiving, while racking up 129 yards on 24 carries and 57 yards on five receptions.
His career best rushing and previous all-purpose yardage totals came in the 2009 season finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when he logged 147 rushing yards and 168 all-purpose yards.
Snelling is also a candidate for the FedEx Ground player of the week hones. Snelling is in the running against Philadelphia’s
FLOWERY BRANCH – Yeah, Reggie Bush is hurt, but so what?
He really hasn’t done much against the Falcons since he’s been in the league. All his broken leg really means is that the Falcons will get to see more of the hard-charging Pierre Thomas.
However, while Bush is out with a broken leg, he is 6-0 against the Falcons, thanks mostly to his teammates. He was only a factor in one of the six games.
Bush, the disgraced Heisman trophy winner, was drafted in 2006. The Falcons have played the Saints eight times and are 1-7 against them over that period.
In the Falcons 34-20 victory on Nov. 11, 2008, Bush didn’t play. He also didn’t play in the Saints 34-14 victory on Dec. 12, 2007, which turned out to be Bobby Petrino’s last game.
In the first meeting in 2007, Bush caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees with 5:15 left to play and ran for the two-point conversion in the Saints 22-14
FLOWERY BRANCH – Running back Gartrell Johnson III has the locker across from Michael Turner.
He was understandably nervous before his first practice with the team on Wednesday.
“I got the call on Monday to come in a take a physical,” Johnson said. “I wasn’t sure if they were going to sign me or not.”
He was drafted by San Diego is 2009, but was later released.
“I was picked up on waivers by the New York Giants,” Johnson said. “I played there on special teams last year. I got a few carries. I’m just trying to move forward and become an NFL player.”
He was in training camp with the Giants, but was released. He was working out in Atlanta and living with his father.
He doesn’t know what his role will be yet.
“Pretty much, I played against the Falcons last year,” Johnson said. “I was on special teams so we had a feel for each other. I just know this is a good opportunity.”
Johnson played on the kickoff, kickoff return,
FLOWERY BRANCH – Understandably, running back Jason Snelling has moved up to the No. 2 spot on the depth chart released for the New Orleans Saints game.
With Jerious Norwood out for the season, Gartrell Johnson was added to the roster and slotted as the No. 4 tailback. Antone Smith is the No. 3.
There is nobody listed behind Ovie Mughelli at fullback, but Snelling would take over the backup fullback role if necessary.
According to the depth chart, Eric Weems, who made his first career start last week at wide receiver, will take over the kickoff return duties for Norwood.
WR 12 Michael Jenkins 83 Harry Douglas 14 Eric Weems
LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek
LG 63 Justin Blalock 79 Mike Johnson
C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley
RG 73 Harvey Dahl 79 Mike Johnson
RT 77 Tyson Clabo 75 Garrett Reynolds
TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 87 Justin Peelle 81 Michael Palmer
WR 84 Roddy White 86 Brian Finneran
Perhaps coach Mike Smith just didn’t want to jump the gun Monday. But we don’t know why he’s gone all Bill Belichick on the media over injuries.
It was already out that Jerious Norwood had a torn ACL. He was seen in the locker room on crutches. He sent an e-mail to an associate
stating that his ACL was torn, but that he was in good spirits. His family was already apprised of his status.
Smith said the team was still evaluating things and if there was a season-ending knee injury that an announcement would be made.
They made it today and announced some other moves.
Norwood suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on the opening kickoff of the 41-7 pasting of the Cardinals. He tripped on Shann Schillinger’s foot and his right knee slammed into the Georgia Dome turf.
The players already knew that
FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons running back Michael Turner and NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes are set to help host a pep rally and minicamp for Camp Creek Middle School students to celebrate the “Keep Gym in School” program at 10 a.m. Tuesday in College Park.
The NFL Network and Comcast are the corporate sponsors.
The ”Keep Gyms in School” campaign is a program to help boost fitness and physical education in America’s middle schools. It was developed for middle schools across the country who have been forced to cut physical education out of their daily curriculum.
The cuts come at a time when studies show that today’s youth are facing alarming rates of obesity and related diseases.
Each year, four middle schools nationwide are awarded grants to help supplement physical education for their students. This year, the NFL Network has recognized Camp Creek Middle
Here’s what the players were talking about after the game.
TYSON CLABO, right tackle
ON SNELLING: “He starts for a lot of teams. We don’t feel like there is a drop off at all. He’s an outstanding tailback.”
JASON SNELLING, running back
ON BEING READY: “You have to prepare like you’re going to be the starter, otherwise you are selling yourself short.”
BIG WIN?: “It meant a lot. Getting a win and defending the Dome. It was important with us going into New Orleans next week. We needed to get this win after a tough loss last week. We bounced back and played Falcon football.”
ON BIG HOLES: “In the NFL, holes are not too big. But they were pushing the line of scrimmage, they were pushing guys back and there were creases. When you get a crease from a lineman, the running
Falcons coach Mike Smith was upbeat during his post-game press conference.
He was clearly elated with the 41-7 beatdown the Falcons put on the Cardinals.
No one in the locker room wanted to be on plane for New Orleans next Saturday with a 0-2 record.
Here’s what Coach Smith had to say:
OPENING STATEMENT: “Hey guys we talk all the time about starting fast, sustaining our level of intensity and our level of play for 60 minutes. We also talk about our ability to run the football and finish games. I thought it was evident today that we (followed) those three principles. I thought in all three phases of the game, we played well. With that being said, there are still a lot of things we have to get corrected. There were a lot of penalties. I think we had six penalties for 75 yards. Those are going to hurt you in