Falcons part ways with Jerious Norwood

Jerious Norwood on the move.

Jerious Norwood on the move.

The Falcons have officially parted ways with running back Jerious Norwood, according to his agent Bus Cook.

“We just talked (to the Falcons) a little bit and he’s got to move on,” Cook said this morning in a phone interview. “Hopefully he can stay healthy.”

Cook said yesterday teams were mostly working on rookie deals and said he had some calls about Norwood, who is hoping to re-sign with another team.

“If he can stay healthy, he is a great player,” Cook said. “I hope it works out for him because he’s an even greater person. You know that.”

Norwood (5-11, 209)  was drafted in the third round (79th overall) of the 2006 draft.

Norwood flashed his speed and appeared set to have a long career as a third-down back and kickoff return specialist.

Over his five seasons with the Falcons, defenses had to respect Norwood’s speed, but after a durable collegiate career at Mississippi State, he’s had trouble staying on the field because of injuries. Out of a possible 80 regular-season games, he played in 57.

In 2006, Norwood rushed for 633 yards. In his second season, he rushed for 613. In 2008, the only season that he played in all 16 games, he rushed for 489 yards.

In 2009, he played in just 10 games (concussions and hip flexor) and rushed for 252 yards.  Last season, he played in two games before suffering a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

As a receiver, Norwood caught 12, 28, 36, 19 and one passes.

Norwood’s major contribution came as a kickoff returner. He has a total of 2,987 kickoff return yards, which ranks third in team history. His 25.5-yard career kickoff return average currently ranks second in team history.

The Falcons drafted running back Jacquizz Rodgers in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. They also have a decision to make on Jason Snelling, who’s talking to the St. Louis Rams.

The Falcons now have nine running backs on the training camp roster.

RUNNING BACKS (9)

22 Jacquizz Rodgers

27 Gartrell Johnson

32 Philip Sylvester

33 Micheal Turner

34 Ovie Mughelli

35 Antone Smith

40 Thor Merrow (Buford High)

42 Lucas Cox (Georgia Tech)

44 Jason Snelling

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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109 comments Add your comment

Falcon Fanatic

July 28th, 2011
9:38 am

Jason Babin is off the board…..what are we doing??

RTR

July 28th, 2011
9:40 am

I think Atlanta was expecting this

Falcon Fanatic

July 28th, 2011
9:42 am

Who is Jerious Norwood?

Logan Walker

July 28th, 2011
9:43 am

I wish him the best, but I think we all knew this was coming. If you can’t contribute to the team, there’s no reason to keep you on the roster.

[...] The Falcons have also cut ties with running back Jerious Norwood. This should not surprise anybody, but is disappointing because when healthy, he is a dynamic playmaker. But you cannot make plays standing on the sideline in street clothes. More about Norwood’s dismissal here. [...]

chc4

July 28th, 2011
9:46 am

We didn’t want Babin anyway. One good year out of several and he’s 30+ years old… those types are dangerous. I’m not sure Ray Edwards is better than what we currently have on the roster at DE. We need to shore up the OL… that’s my biggest concern now.

DCBravosFan

July 28th, 2011
9:46 am

DLed,

Did the Birds have any shot at Haynesworth? Considering the need for more push on the D-line, was that an option that the team seriously looked at? He is only on the books for $5mil this year and the Pats only gave up at 5th rd pick to get him. For that low cost, wouldn’t he have been worth the risk?

DawginLex

July 28th, 2011
9:48 am

I wish the best to norwood.

It is a real shame he couldn’t stay healthy because he did some good things when well.

SirReal

July 28th, 2011
9:49 am

Well D Led….cant say we didnt see this coming. They drafted Rodgers and just to be honest if you aren’t on the field, its easy to become forgotten. I wish him the best though. Do you think he’ll land elsewhere?

Worm

July 28th, 2011
9:49 am

Noel devine made him expendable..Speed back the falcons need.

robert

July 28th, 2011
9:49 am

mike peterson just re-signed with the falcons

Ease

July 28th, 2011
9:51 am

Noel devine made him expendable

by signing with the Eagles?

Falcon Fanatic

July 28th, 2011
9:52 am

Worm

July 28th, 2011
9:49 am

Noel devine made him expendable..Speed back the falcons need.

HUH???

PMC

July 28th, 2011
9:56 am

Oh I’m sorry Jerious, I forgot you were there.

robert

July 28th, 2011
9:58 am

norwood was a great weapon when healthy. i wish him the best of luck and health on a new team.

The Grinch

July 28th, 2011
9:59 am

Norwood played in 57 games out of 80? He must have been in a bunch that I missed.

No, no, no to Haynesworth. He should be in prison, not getting rich in the NFL.

We’ll get someone and we’ll be fine. Trust Dimitroff.

Will

July 28th, 2011
10:05 am

Worm with a shot at DOL? Hmmmmm…

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HJones

July 28th, 2011
10:11 am

Third down and kickoff returns!!! Mike Mularkey never used Norwood correctly. When Norwood came in on third downs, the other team knew he was getting the ball and adjusted the defenses accordingly. The sequence of play calling doom Jerious Norwood. I remember seeing him play in the pre-season games during his first year and how he broke long runs. Too bad!

1eyedJack

July 28th, 2011
10:12 am

D-Led, can you play defensive end? Suit up big guy.

PMC

July 28th, 2011
10:13 am

Mike Peterson is back for another season.

Here’s hoping these young players start paying dividends. They sure are putting a lot of faith in this defense.

Larry

July 28th, 2011
10:15 am

His 2010 $1,800,000.00 salary for missing 15 games can be better spent in 2011.

mountain_jim

July 28th, 2011
10:16 am

No upgrade coming for the DE position? Darn the Panthers for overpaying so much. :(

JB

July 28th, 2011
10:26 am

This other Mississippi Product, a number ONE pick by the way ( Peria) will also be a bust. Too big to help. Will stay “gimpy” and low stamina. Bad pick. Those types should be lower cost, mid round picks.
We should have drafted an “athletic” DE or LB.

Greg Moundine

July 28th, 2011
10:29 am

Will

July 28th, 2011
10:29 am

Hey DOL, any word on guys we might go after that get cut from other teams?

Larry

July 28th, 2011
10:30 am

1eyedJack.

Defensive Ends don’t wear bow ties…only dancers in tights! :-)

Geemack

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

The passing defense is not as bad when we get pressure on the QB. We need to address our pass rush.

Hoss Can't Write

July 28th, 2011
10:32 am

Falcons need a DE to pressure QB. Abraham ain’t got it no more.

Hoss Can't Write

July 28th, 2011
10:33 am

What about Justin Tuck or Usimorya from Giants ?

Hoss Can't Write

July 28th, 2011
10:35 am

It will be hard to believe that Mr. Blank wouldn’t shore up the DL and DE positions to make this team a Super Bowl contender. The offense is set.

Falcons 4 life

July 28th, 2011
10:41 am

Falcons are starting to piss me off…they have done absolutely nothing in free agency.

Larry

July 28th, 2011
10:41 am

Hoss Can’t Write,

Well, there’s this little thing called a salary cap! You can’t just buy everything like the Yankees, Red Sox or Phillies in MLB!

Verdawg

July 28th, 2011
10:45 am

I think CALEB KING is still available!!!

Larry

July 28th, 2011
10:45 am

Falcons 4 life .

Do you know that no free agents from another team can be even signed until tomorrow!

Good grief!

tdc

July 28th, 2011
10:46 am

Probably on his way to N.O.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2011
10:47 am

Thanks for dropping by. I think today we’re going to see a lot signings. They want to get their guys done so that Coach Smith and his staff are ready to roll Friday morning at 8:30 a.m.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2011
10:48 am

Let me get of Twitter (You can follow @AJCFalcons) and answer some of the questions.

Gator Hater

July 28th, 2011
10:52 am

Loved the game when Norwood put it to them gators. He ran right over them…great game to watch.Anybody remember? Score?

True Falcon Fan

July 28th, 2011
10:53 am

Folks patience please, we need to get the O-Line in order “FIRST”!!!!! The real deal for a solid DE will start within 24-48 hrs “RELAX”

Go Falcons

D. Orlando Ledbetter

July 28th, 2011
10:58 am

DCBravosFan — No. Haynesworth fits Dimitroff’s “challenging soul” definition. Falcons don’t take on those players.

SirReal- Yeah, we saw it coming. But it’s on the record now.

Worm — I can take your shot. Momma said, “If you can’t take the heat, get the heck out of the kitchen!” I stand tall in the pocket. Not a scrambler.

1eyedJack — I was BEAST playing a standup defensive end in the 5-3 in the JFL for the Mighty Matthew Dicky, Royal Knights and the LaClede Town Jets in my youth in St. Louis. Won two JFL titles with the Knights. (Ron Sally, who played at Duke was our QB. I was No. 3 QB). Moved to Cleveland and won the QB job there for PAL 6 Len Dawsons. Tim McGee, Anthony Hancock and Desmond Howard played in the Cleveland Muny league. Won a title there. After sitting out 9th and 10th while headaches/brain was being checked (just needed glasses), came back as cornerback for 11th grad in for the Cathedral Latin School. (I couldn’t cover, but I could hit! Love contact!)

Gator Hater

July 28th, 2011
11:04 am

Jerious Norwood’s 37-yard touchdown run with 32 seconds remaining lifted the Bulldogs to a 38-31 upset of the Gators (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) on Saturday.

“This is embarrassing for us,” Zook said. “We thought we were ready to play.”

Norwood rushed for 174 yards on 29 carries and scored twice for the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3 Southeastern Conference), who had lost five straight since beating Tulane in their first game under Croom.

Carz

July 28th, 2011
11:06 am

Sorry it didn’t work out for Norwood. Don’t confuse injury prone with toughness. He’s a guy that’s all about speed and can’t be used if hampered. He was tough at Miss State and we got a few good years out of him before the injuries took over.
I’ve heard him on radio interviews and he seems like a good guy. I hope he lands somewhere that does not play the Falcons and does well.

Dennis

July 28th, 2011
11:10 am

Sorry to see him go, but I fully understand. I became a fan of his when he essentially single-handedly killed the Florida gators while he was at MSU. I wish he could’ve stayed healthy and in the ATL.

JTSnooks

July 28th, 2011
11:14 am

Lucas Cox played for Tech, not UGA. Just FYI.

Gator Hater

July 28th, 2011
11:15 am

He was awesome in that whoopin he put on those gators,loved every minute of that game.

Jimmy Crack

July 28th, 2011
11:17 am

HJones, correct. Mike Mularkey continued to run Jerious, with his spindly little twig legs, right up the middle against 350 lb NFL defensive tackles. We all saw it. I’m surprised Jerious wasn’t hurt more seriously.

Ackshun

July 28th, 2011
11:19 am

I hate crap like this. Why was the original headline Norwood cut? He wasn’t cut. They made him an offer and he decided to move on. So they let him. In fact once he gauges his value in the free agent market he may decide to take the Falcons up on their offer.

J.J.M.

July 28th, 2011
11:31 am

techgirl

July 28th, 2011
11:32 am

As said earlier, the falcons never used Jerious correctly. Hopefully they have learned how to use speed backs, or else Jacquizz will suffer the same fate.