Big Chance for Young Receivers

Opportunity in Crisis: Perfect Time for Young WR’s to Shine  

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Terrible Injury
We all know the news and it’s not good. Even though we don’t yet know the severity of the injury to our young, promising team-playing character wide receiver (which is the exact opposite of you know who), its time to analyze where Dimitroff, Smith, and us as fans can look for opportunity in crisis. Harry Douglas epitomizes what’s best about hard work and toughness. Douglas came in as a rookie receiver and never backed down from day one, even going as far as getting in a tussle with All-Pro safety Lawyer Milloy. Douglas wowed Falcons fans with his speed, tenacity, and amazing play-making ability as a rookie, and even exciting many with the prospect of little drop-off if White continues his holdout. #83 will be perfectly fine regardless of the injury due to his mental toughness, character, and superb work ethic.

Great Chance for Some
The NFL and football in general is a physical sport that assumes injuries will happen and the teams that respond best to them are the ones that persevere and flourish. The trading of Laurent Robinson, holdout of Roddy White, and injury to Harry Douglas has quickly reduced one of our biggest strengths to a potential weakness. In crisis lies great opportunity, and the teams who win championships will find a way to develop, push, or sign players to fill the gap. Michael Jenkins proved to be a solid and dependable receiver that’s a big target for Matt Ryan. Assuming Roddy White continues his holdout, than that elevates Brian Finneran to starting status. If he can stay healthy, Finneran has shown to have great hands and move the chains. Which leaves a ton of guys with a golden opportunity to break out, earn a spot, and prove they belong.

Who’s in at WR #5…..WR #4……Slot WR?
The fairly unexpected trade of Laurent Robinson to the Rams not only sent some shockwaves through the Falcons fan base, but it also created another roster spot at wide receiver. After having an extremely productive rookie year in undesirable a condition, Robinson had an injury filled year last year and was replaced with Harry Douglas, who ended up having an excellent season as a rookie working in the slot. Since he obviously had ability, speculation came about that he fell out of favor with the new coaching staff and, reportedly, wouldn’t go across the middle or was a big fan of blocking in Coach Mularkey’s gritty offensive play calling. Even though it was originally for a backup position, the fight for a wide receiver spot, or spots, looks to be one of the fiercest of camp, with someone having a chance of making a serious name for themselves. Coach Smith and Co. have brought in a ton of exciting, mostly tall talent to let them duke it out and may the best man win. A look at the candidates now vying for a potential slot, 4th, or 5th wide receiver position:

Big Chance for Slot?

Big Chance for Slot WR?

 

Eric Weems – #14
NFL Experience – 1 year
Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2007 from Bethune-Cookman
Height – 5′9, Weight – 191
2008 Stats – 1 Rec, 4 Yds
Bio – Spent the first 15 games on the Falcons practice squad before seeing his first NFL action in the season finale against the Seattle Seahawks (12/30). Spent 2008 on practice squad until he was added to active roster on 11/19/08. Recorded career highs in receptions (62), receiving yards (864) and touchdowns (nine) as a senior in 2006 and tallied the sixth-most touchdowns scored in a single season in MEAC history (10). Known as solid on special teams. Would be shortest WR on roster.

Hometown Favorite?

Aaron Kelly – #15
Rookie – Clemson
Height – 6′5, Weight – 203 (listed at 196 coming out in draft)
2008 Stats – 67 Rec, 722 Yds, 4 TDs; Career – 232 Rec, 2,733 Yds, 20 TDs
Bio – Hometown product from Walton High School; Started all four years at Clemson. Graduated as the school record-holder for career touchdown receptions (20), breaking Glen Smith’s 57 year old TD reception record. Named a second-team All-ACC selection in 2008 and earned first-team all-conference honors from the Associated Press in 2007. Mentioned several times in mini-camp by coaching staff. Very light weight for tall frame, may have trouble getting off NFL level jams.

6'6, 230 lbs. Good Route Runner

Darren Mougey – #16
Rookie – San Diego St.
Height – 6′6, Weight – 230
2008 Stats – 34 Rec, 437 Yds, 4 TDs
Bio – Served as a quarterback and wide receiver at San Diego State. In 2008, he finished third on the Aztec’s in receiving with 34 receptions for 437 yards and four touchdowns. His career receiving totals include 66 receptions for 805 yards (12.2 avg.) and six touchdowns. Reportedly ran a 4.53 40-time. Could be great red-zone threat with size and speed. Maybe a reason he wasn’t drafted in any of the seven rounds.

 

 

Longshot Chance?

Longshot Chance?

Brandon Godfrey – #17
Rookie – Utah
Height – 6′3 Weight – 201
2008 Stats – 56 Rec, 556 Yds, 4 TDs
Bio – Caught 128 receptions for 1,440 yards (11.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 36 career games at the University of Utah. Godfrey’s 128 career receptions are tied for the seventh-most all-time at Utah and also finished second on the team in catches in both 2007 and ‘08. Ran a 4.45 40-time. Signed on June 3rd as undrafted rookie free agent. Big, tall, and fast. Not signed when all other undrafted rookie free agents were inked.

 

 

Inside Track with His Experience

Inside Track with His Experience

Troy Bergeron – #11
NFL Experience – 1 yr
Height – 6′2 Weight – 190
Arena Football Stats – 328 Rec, 4,335 Yds, 96 TDs
Bio – Competed with the Georgia Force of the AFL for three seasons. In his Force career, tallied 328 receptions for 4,335 yards and 96 touchdowns while adding 1,416 kickoff return yards. He was named the AFL Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was a second-team All-Arena selection in 2007. In 2006, signed by the Falcons as an undrafted free agent and following his release after training camp, was signed by the Buffalo Bills to the practice squad in Week 13 of the regular season.

 

 

A Great Camp to Date

A Great Camp to Date

Chandler Williams – #18

NFL Experience – 1 yr
Height – 5′11 Weight – 178
Florida International Stats – 203 Rec, 2,519 Yds,
Bio – Originally selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round (233rd overall) in the 2007 NFL Draft. Released by the Vikings following training camp and was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad where he spent the entire season. Waived by the Dolphins on April 25, 2008. Signed by the Falcons as a free agent on April 29, 2008

 

 

Six guys competing for one…..two…..three spots should be a fierce competition. Seemingly, the rookies (Kelly, Mougey, Godfrey) would have the biggest advantages since they are the youngest and received the least NFL-level coaching experience. On the flip side, Weems, Williams, and Bergeron might have a leg up since they’ve all either been on an active roster or practice squad and they know the ropes and expectations better than the rookies. Williams in particular seems to be having a very good camp.

 
Resentment Territory?
Roddy White’s holdout seemed to garner many fans objectivity with concern or sympathy that he deserves a new deal and that he may be a victim of a flawed system in the NFL. However, the combination of news that White’s agent looks to be stonewalling for Fitzgerald money, an injury to an up and coming wide receiver, and the fact that White remains the only big name player to be holding out (when Demarcus Ware and Shawn Merriman are in the same boat), seems to be pushing him into resentment territory with many fans. In fact Dimitroff may completely be in the wrong, but fans are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt after what he has done to the Falcons roster and rewarding hard working players. A look at New England’s Super Bowl winning team wide receivers may indicate that White’s days as a Falcon may become limited if he continues his stance:

Super Bowl Champion New England Patriot Wide Receivers:

2001
-Troy Brown
-David Patten
-Charles Johnson

2003 & 2004
-Deion Branch
-Troy Brown
-David Patten
-Bethel Johnson
-David Givens

 Dimitroff, Smith, and Falcons fans may not need a $10 million dollar wide receiver after all.

Notable Available Free Agent Wide Receivers:
-Amani Toomer
-Marvin Harrison
-Drew Bennett
-Joe Jurevicius
-Justin McCareins
-Drew Carter
-Darrell Jackson

 

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243 comments Add your comment

ATLJBO

August 6th, 2009
3:38 am

I understood Roddy White holdout at the beginning but the more i hear how much is agent is trying to get the more resentment i feel….. I feel like Roddy Deserve around 8 million a year but to ask for Fitz type money is crazy…… Everybody else (Demarcus Ware and Shawn Merriman) is handling their business the right way (Just got out there and play and you will get paid) …….

I know its Roddy White agent controlling the wheels to this car but Roddy needs to take control of this thing…. Thomas Dimitroff took care of Michael Jenkins and Babs……. He will take care of Roddy but he has to get in camp and his agent has to be reasonable (contract wise).

I’m afford that Roddy White’s agent will try to use the Harry Douglas injury as leverage.

SeminoleWarrior

August 6th, 2009
6:36 am

Good Morning Cage. Another fine topic D3!

Patriot Way South will prevail in this situation. We will not over pay because TD and Coach Smith have convinced AB that the process must come first and foremost. Poor AB (using the term loosely) now has to also contend with a possible bankruptcy for the AFL as well as contract settlements in that league. Cash flow will be gentile for a little while as his wallet, like that of a lot of us, recovers.

Trust in Patriot Way South. The kids Mougey and Godfrey are both very interesting. They came from pass happy teams and each is blessed with size, good hands, and speed. I would love to see what Mad Mike can do with him both during the pre-season. I would love to retain as much size as possible. It would provide multiple red zone targets for MR.

The CEO aka D3 is on target about the experience of Williams and Bergeron. I would all five of these guys a heacy dose of passes in the preseason from Shock, Redman, and JPW. Given the seriousness of the position, I do not think it is as critical to extensively work Jenkins, Gonzo, Turner or Norwood until preseason game 4 as we know what we have there.

Kelly is a possession receiver, the possible second coming of Fin. He is a big target who does not have the speed of the others mentioned earlier but could become a Jurevicius type in time.

JimmyC

August 6th, 2009
6:37 am

No star is above the team…roddy can win us all back if, after hearing of Douglas’ injury, he comes back with a “the team needs me” attitude. At that point, i’d say “give him the money.” Too bad, it won’t happen.

SeminoleWarrior

August 6th, 2009
6:42 am

Darn man! Jut realized how tired I must be this morning after reading my own entry. Thank goodness D3 teaches math instead of English! LOL. I would be in one heck of a mess this morning.

Off to the office…will catch up with the Cage later today due to the crazy as heck computer access restrictions that are still in effect in the forecast center.

ONE NATION…FALCON NATION!!

NCFalconFan

August 6th, 2009
7:03 am

Roddy, I was with you at the beginning of training camp and I’m still with you. Now your team needs you desperately!!!

Unca' Bob

August 6th, 2009
7:16 am

Roddy White talks go south- D-Led

TD said
“We want Roddy to be here for a long, long time,” Dimitroff said. “But there comes a point in training camp where it is a disadvantage to Roddy himself. Our thought is that soon enough, we’ll have to move forward and re-address this at the end of the season.”

Any Questions?

NikkiFree

August 6th, 2009
7:35 am

Well, I saw Aaron Kelly at camp. He won’t be the one stepping up that’s for sure. He’ll be lucky to make the team. I do give Dimitroff the benefit of the doubt on this holdout matter and any other issue. I have done that since he announced as the Falcons new GM. The guy comes from a great organization that maximizes effort out of minimal talent.

BT

August 6th, 2009
7:40 am

Unca Bob- It sounds like TD is ready to play hard ball and let Roddy rot on the vine?
I had hope that RW would be in camp by the end of this week, it don`t look like that`s gonna happen.
The idea of bringing in one of the veteran FA WR`s don`t look too good either.
Accelerate the development of the young guys competing in camp seems to be the best option to me.

Unca' Bob

August 6th, 2009
7:51 am

BT,

That’s what it sounds like to me. If nothing changes, TD will let him play( or not ), for the monies on his last year of his current contract. TD was there when they took H Douglas from the field and I feel it deeply affected him. The gloves are off.

R White is the last of the four amigos. He needs to reflect on his future Falcon plans.

SEC4Life

August 6th, 2009
8:19 am

Roddy White is playing a dangerous game of chicken with T. Dimitroff. Yes, he had a good year last year, but he must have an incredibly short-term memory b/c if I recall he was absolute garbage in ‘07. Doesn’t he (or his agent for that matter) realize that T. Dimitroff comes from an organization that won super bowls without high-priced, prima donna WR’s? With the loss of Harry Douglas, what the Falcons need now is a good veteran WR. (Hmmm…what’s Marvin Harrison and/or Darrell Jackson’s cell nos.?) Clealy Roddy has spent too much of the offseason listening to his quack agent and reading his own press clippings b/c to demand Larry Fitzgerald $$$ you have to put up Larry Fitzgerald numbers, or better yet, make a Larry Fitzgerald impact in games. Does Roddy White have the “go-to swagger” that LFitz has when the game is on the line in the 4th quarter? Heck no! Roddy, listen up, it’s your contract year and your team desperately needs a go-to WR, put up big numbers this year and I guarantee you they’ll have no choice, but to pad your pockets next year.

oldbird

August 6th, 2009
8:21 am

RW and the birds will come to terms.

Don’t kid yourself into thinking that all the pre-season hype on Harry D wasn’t at least partially aimed at getting Roddy back into camp. The birds were certainly using Harry’s rising status for leverage in the negotiations. In turn, HD’s very unfortunate (and untimely) injury will obviously play back into the negotiations on Roddy’s side.

Things to remember:

1. Roddy’s under contract for this year and would only hurt himself and his reputation by not playing.
2. Roddy could be franchise tagged for the following year and would not receive any signing bonus but for being paid as a top fiver (thus, no guaranteed signing bonus money).
3. As pointed out above, New England won with a very average group of receivers.
4. Playing for the birds right now is probably a dream job…strong young QB, great running game, excellent complementary receivers, fantastic ownership, etc.

It’ll get done.

Roddy

Gabron Salome

August 6th, 2009
8:23 am

So much for my prediction of Douglas having a pro bowl type year. I really like Bergeron, and the two rooks, the presence of TG is going to make all the recievers lives easier. I still cant get the picture of Finneran dropping wide open passes in the endzone out of my head. I have faith, the real question is who is going to return kicks? Thomas Brown?

Dr. Warren

August 6th, 2009
8:25 am

The Falcons can try to play Patriot ball, sure, but would’t it be better to have a top 10 receiver on your team? Look at the Pats when they got Randy Moss–undefeated until the final moments of the Super Bowl. Let’s hope the season-ending injury to Douglas is not a harbinger of things to come.

BIRDMAN

August 6th, 2009
8:34 am

Has anyone heard how bad the injury is on HD? And how long he may be out.

CBrass

August 6th, 2009
8:35 am

D3,

As always another great article. Your words are a perfect reflection on how I feel about Roddy. If it is in fact his agent making him look like a selfish jerk then he needs to step in and do something about that. He’s starting to lose respect of the fans and maybe even TD also. I also just read that Douglas is out for the season. Looks like an ACL injury. This really sucks!!!

JimmyC,

My thoughts exactly. He need to take a look in the mirror and realize that he’s not Larry Fitzgerald. He need to get that through his head.

Unca’ Bob,

Thanks for the update. Haven’t had a chance to read that article just yet but I’m sure that was the highlight. TD will not be strong armed into a big contract. As D3 pointed out the Pat’s did it with no big name reciever they simply played as a TEAM!!!

BT,

I’m with you. TD will not be pushed around. He’s a smart guy and starting to see that Roddy is all about me me me and not the team. At this point it’s going to take a lot for Roddy to get back in my good graces.

BIRDMAN

August 6th, 2009
8:53 am

That sux about HD.I hope this is not a start of injuries that might hit the birds.I’ve seen this happen to other teams that were riseing to the top.But lets hope not for the birds.Sorry to say it but murphy’s law,what can go wrong will go wrong,On the other side of the coin ,we are still in the hunt.Come on White we need you now

SEC4Life

August 6th, 2009
8:58 am

Dr. Warren-

That’s just it: Roddy isn’t a Top 10 receiver.

1. Randy Moss
2. T.O. (whether you like him or not, he’s top 10)
3. Larry Fitzgerald
4. Anquan Boldin
5. Reggie Wayne
4. Steve Smith
5. Wes Welker
6. Marques Colston
7. T. J. Houshmanzadeh
8. Santonio Holmes
9. Plaxico Burress (off-the-field stupidity notwithstanding)
10. Lee Evans

Honorable Mention: 11. Andre Johnson (Houston) 12. Tony Gonzalez (Ind.) 13. Matt Jones (Jax, off-the-field issues notwithstanding)

Proof positive that Roddy isn’t even a Top 13 receiver in this league.

BIRDMAN

August 6th, 2009
9:05 am

Well he may not be the top 13 but what matters is he is our NO.1 and where else do you go.

JJ

August 6th, 2009
9:10 am

As a long time falcon fan, we have to fight off the pessimism of “here we go again”. Every time we have a good yr it seems the injury bug lands on us. But its football and all teams have to deal with it.

I want roddy here but I’m more concerned with our D’s injuries. We have lewis (knee), jerry (knee) and lofton (hammy) nursing. We are a run first team and still have allot of weapons on Offense (although roddy’s double team would be nice). If, and thats a big if, we lose both DT and MLB, we are in trouble.

Time to play hard ball or maybe chicago wants a weapon for their gifted crybaby – say a 1st and 3rd?

It may be cloudy but the sun will shine fellow cagers!

John Waynesworld

August 6th, 2009
9:23 am

I am excited to see Darren Mougey in game action. Darren’s size along with his experience as a FBS college receiver AND quarterback, could vault him into a solid 3rd down and goalline receiver. Lining Mougey up with Gonzo and Finneran in the red zone might just be unstoppable.

My heart goes out to Harry.

Unca' Bob

August 6th, 2009
9:30 am

Totals for years ‘07 & ‘08.

Fitz
Rects- 196
Yds- 2840
TDs- 22

White
Rects- 171
Yds- 2584
TDs- 13

The next Ten Million Dollar Man?

PMC

August 6th, 2009
10:22 am

Um, none of the guys we have in camp are NFL players…. Aaron Kelly has a chance… but I doubt it.

Troy Bergeron has been camp fodder for 5 years he’s much better he’s decent but he’s not going to make an NFL team…. The Falcons lost a slot weapon and thier punt returner basically two starters…

They are going to have to go find probably several receivers to bring in camp. None of the guys above are much above a practice squad level

chc4

August 6th, 2009
10:43 am

I hate that Douglas got hurt. It really hurts us in the return game more than anything. But keep it in perspective. Douglas had 23 catches last year… Finn had 21. Slot WRs are typically possession, chain-moving type players. This suits Finn perfectly. What we absolutely lose is HD’s speed and big play ability.

Last year we used a fair amount of 4 WR sets since the TE wasn’t featured much. But with Gonzo in the mix now, I suspect you’ll see far less 4 WR looks anyway so having an inexperienced #4 isn’t as big a deal as it would’ve been last season.

If RW, Jenks and Finn stay healhty we’ll be fine on offense. If one of them goes down then we’ve got problems.

Ddawgdavis

August 6th, 2009
11:50 am

Matt Jones? Santonio Holmes? TJ Whatchamacallit? Ahead of Roddy? I understand last season was a “coming out party,” but Roddy is in the top 10. Drop passes can be fixed and his other faults will be worked with reps. Let’s keep things in perspective fellow Falconteers, Roddy deserves the money at some point. He won more games for us than he lost (ahem Denver). Give Roddy the 8 to 9 million, if he helps us to the Super Bowl then give him the extension in the 10 mill area. Case closed. Now let’s find someone to step in and help! Anquan wants out of Arizona?? Second round pick can be traded!

chc4

August 6th, 2009
11:56 am

Ddawgdavis — You sure are generous with Arthur’s money. Pretty easy when it’s not yours. Roddy doesn’t deserve Fitzgerald money.

cutter

August 6th, 2009
11:56 am

Michael Jenkins will have a great year and now Gonzo will definitely have to catch alot of balls but he’s use to it. Norwood will get involved more in the passing game. Now TD lets not screw around anymore please sign Norwood, Clabo and Dahl BEFORE the end of the season because if you wait I’m positive Atlanta will give up in a bidding war. As a matter of fact you better sign Norwood now because if you wait and his stats blow up Atlanta wont want to pay to keep him. Roddy wants Fitzgerald money OK we will trade him to Oakland next year for their 1st round pick and he gets paid and we get rid of his Gullah Gullah Island A$$. I wonder why Koenen was not offered a long term deal by now. Money might be a little tight for the Blanks, had to sell part of the team.

Falcon Devil

August 6th, 2009
11:58 am

I am crying on my knees and waving and angry fist to the sky about lossing Harry Douglas. Not that he is the worst guy on the team to lose but I was so excited to see his improvement from a wonderful rookie season. Oh well, there’s always next year.

As for Roddy, he is a top 10 reciever but not top 5 in my eyes. NFL is a business and he doesn’t have the leverage to demand Larry Fitz $ with another year in ink and the end of the collective bargaining agreement. His agent needs to realize this and tell him to take a hometown discount with heavy garuntees or wait it out to make it big (with career ending injury risks).

Adding Marvin Harrison would be fun as long as he doesnt shoot anyone and actually get in trouble for it.

SEC4Life, Sorry man but you WR list is soooo wack. Andre Johnson not being top 10? You obviously don’t play fantasy football cus if you did you’d know he is second only to Larry Fitz in terms of stats.

Nookah

August 6th, 2009
11:59 am

Unca’ Bob, those stats right there tell the story. As I said in the previous blog, Roddy you a’int no Larry!!! The difference in stats are 25 catches (1 of them the Denver catch), 256 yards and 9 TD’s (yes you guessed it one of them the Denver TD), that is 54 points, count them Roddy.

However, I do not think any player should hold a team to ransom regardless of how good he may be. There are many players out there we can use to stand in the gap. Roddy needs to remember he has only had one solid year. He will get LF money when he becomes the “go-to” player Larry is or even close, until then he better wake up to reality. I wonder if his agent, Johnathan Feinsod, is the one filling his head with these incorrect notions?

Our main concern now is who can Smitty motivate to overperform this season? Regardless of what transpires over the next couple of weeks I think we need to go to battle with the players who are in camp. If Roddy comes later then phase him in but I hope TD does not overpay. I’d rather Roddy sit out the year. We’ll survive!!!

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!!

cutter

August 6th, 2009
12:04 pm

Hey Ddawgdavis we don’t have a second round pick come on dude. Remember the Gonzalez trade??? I don’t dispute whether Roddy is in the top ten my problem is what he is doing once he got into the top ten. Trade him, that is the only way to send a message in this case. If TD bows to his demands its over everybody is gonna holdout for more money until somebody is made example of.

Paul

August 6th, 2009
12:05 pm

SEC4life,

Your “top 13″ list has got to be the funniest thing I’ve seen all week. The fact of the matter is that Roddy has had back-to-back seasons as a top 10 receiver (check the stats).

Matt Jones & Anthony Gonzalez… Really?

Falcon Devil

August 6th, 2009
12:09 pm

Forgot to mention how well done the article was D3, guess I’ve just come to expect it since you are the master!

It seem SEC4Life has been playing way to much Madden 07, its 2009 man!!! Andre Johnson, Greg Jennings and Roddy White are way better than TO.

John Waynesworld

August 6th, 2009
12:18 pm

Every day that goes by is another day I feel less good about Roddy White. That may not be grammatically correct but by God that’s how I feel.

When you get a taste of players making good in the NFL as rookies, ala Matt Ryan (ATL) and Matt Forte (CHI), it gets in your mind a little that it could just as easily happen to a…Wide Receiver! Why couldn’t one of our stable of rookie pass catchers turn into a phenom? If he can just get off the line of scrimmage, Kelly might be the one. Or if Bergeron can bottle the magic from his Georgia Force days, he could be the one. Or maybe Mougey, with his skyscraping height could be it. Could our future superman slot guy be Weems? I like special teams guys with no fear. And who yet knows about whether Williams and Godfrey can have that “it” factor.

Who knows of the potential of this bunch? Maybe letting Roddy stew on his existing contract for the ‘09 season is what’s best for the Falcons. His tune might change when he’s fighting for a share of catches AND WE WIN.

cutter

August 6th, 2009
12:20 pm

SICK4Life- ????????????? WTF and then you have the nerve to say “proof positive” like you just did something.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 6th, 2009
12:24 pm

Good (Black Thursday) Afternoon Bird Cagers! Bad news that we all assumed proved to be true. HD was one of the most exciting players we all were hoping to see as he blew it up even more in his second season. He’s a tough kid with great character and work ethic and will be back stronger than ever next year. Its just a fact of football, however much it sucks, but it happens. Look at the Patriots with Tom Brady in the first quarter last year. They could have easily folded up shop, but they went 11-5 and D— near made the playoffs. Time for someone to step up.

Roddy – As I mentioned in my post, White is entering resentment territory with many fans, including myself. Instead of creating leverage for White as his jack@— agent, I hope TD gets even tougher, because you reward guys like HD and not prima donna, selfish players like Roddy. And for all those who want to argue how unfortunate NFL players are by making 2 million instead of 10 million need to pick up a newspaper. People are losing their jobs, can’t afford health insurance, and are having a hard time scraping by…..spare me. How many millions of people would give up the world just to have a chance to play one down in the NFL.

If BFinn and Jenks can stay healthy, then we’ll be just fine. We will just need someone to stretch the field, time to start working Jerious Norwood and Thomas Brown in the slot. Out of those 6 guys, I can see at least one of them stepping up and contributing. Also remember that TD is a master of scouting and he will find a gem off the waiver wire or trade (helped Foxworth have a solid year in the right scheme). That Laurent Robinson trade certainly hurts right about now, but we’ll be fine. As Mark Bradley wrote yesterday, looks like Tony G will start getting some more looks, which he’s proven he can do.

BIRDMAN

August 6th, 2009
12:34 pm

I think before its all said and done White and Blank will come to terms.We willi see him on the field soon .I mean comeon gys its just politics of the game.Nothin we ant seen before.And I still like Finnarin .He has done good in the past .Like someone else said Norwoods still here also

Dawson Devitt (D3)

August 6th, 2009
12:46 pm

ATLJBO – Thanks for bringing up that point about Ware and Merriman. They’re doing exactly what they’re supposed to do, and they’ll get paid appropriately.

Seminole – Great points on the young WR’s. We were probably already looking to keep 2, but now we likely will look to keep 3, unless we signe free agent WR’s or any guys off the waiver wire. Even though the names not big, Chandler Williams is having a really good camp.

JimmyC – Couldn’t have said it any better myself. HD’s injury almost ticks off fans more, because he was out there working hard to get better, meanwhile Roddy’s holding out for more money “working” out with middle school team.

NCFalconFan – No doubt we need him and his abilities, but not the attitude he’s portraying.

Unca’ Bob – Thanks for the email. And it sounds like Roddy’s on the verge of ending his tenure as a Falcon. The arrogance and hubris of White and his agent.

NikkiFree – Not good news on Kelly. Many were hoping he could be a project at the least, but the Falcons may not can afford to take a chance on projects with our current situation. TD has earned the respect of most fans with his ability to reshape this roster. We’ll see.

BT – Nice point on FA WR’s. No one pops out to me in terms of what we need. We have plenty of big possession guys, but need a speedy slot receiver, which none seem to be available. Look for the waiver wire in the coming weeks.

SEC4Life – Spot on concerning Roddy. He should have shown up day one or at least a couple of days later. We’re entering a full week with no signs of showing. He’s taking a huge risk with his career, and most of the time they don’t work out in the favor of the holdouts (See Jamal Anderson and Larry Johnson).

oldbird – Also good points. Love to have Roddy, but its been proven you can win without superstar receivers and lose with them(Cardinals Super Bowl).

Gabron – This might in fact finally be Bergerons chance to prove he belongs. TBrown can return punts, even though he didn’t too much @ UGA.

Dr. Warren – Very true. But the three super bowl titles they did win, they only needed solid but not great receivers. White should get his money, but at this point it would set a very, VERY dangerous precedent.

CBrass – Thanks a bunch, and yes is REALLY SUCKS! HD was quickly becoming one of my favorite players not just because of his work ethic but the fact that he came from the schools and area where I teach. I have the newspaper clipping laminated and hung up in my classroom for my students about what hard work and character can help you achieve.

More later…….Keep the faith Falcons fans, we’ll be just fine!

Wabe

August 6th, 2009
12:46 pm

That list you got is a bit suspect SEC. I’m sure it’s just your opinion, but Andre Johnson is either THE BEST or THE SECOND BEST receiver in football. He’s Top 5 at worst. So I don’t understand how he didn’t even crack your Top 10.

Anyways, I personally feel Roddy deserves to be payed, just not what he’s expecting. I definately don’t think White deserves Fitzgerald type money. You’d think that if White and his agent were walking into negotiations asking for $10 mil, they’d be willing to meet halfway, come to some kind of consensus. Maybe around the $7-8 million range. I’m just surprised that they can’t come to some type of agreement, it’s just driving me banannas.

To add my input about Douglas, I said a couple days back that I never really saw Douglas taking Jenkins spot at #2 WR, and I thought of him as an ideal slot receiver. Some of the things he brought to the field, mainly the speed and playmaking ability, will be missed. His ability in the return game will also be missed. But someone pointed out earlier that he only caught 23 passes last season. I feel bad for the kid but his injury isn’t anything that Falcon’s fans should panic about. I expect Big Finn to step into the slot and give Ryan another target to help move the chains. Who knows, maybe another one of these youngsters can come in and make a name for themselves. Also, with the addition of Gonzo, I don’t think that losing Douglas is a “back-breaking injury” kind of injury. Gonzo will pick up the slack + add to the offensive firepower.

I just feel bad for the kid…

SEC4Life

August 6th, 2009
12:47 pm

Roddy White better than T. O.?????

So if it’s the 4th quarter, Falcons are down by 5, 4th and goal on the 8yd line, you’d rather throw a fade to Roddy as opposed to T. O.???

THAT’S the funniest thing I’ve seen all week.

jae008

August 6th, 2009
12:49 pm

matt jones Marvin Harrison maaaaaaybe……….

cutter

August 6th, 2009
12:50 pm

Neil S. Schwartz
Office (845) 369-7906

Fax (845) 369-8304

neil@sffootball.net

Jonathan Feinsod
Office (914) 939-7895

Fax (914) 939-5355

jonathan@sffootball.net

Roddy White agent contact info. Let him know how you feel.

cutter

August 6th, 2009
12:56 pm

SEC4Life- You do understand the concept right, would you sign T.O. to a 4 or 5 year deal at age 35? If thats the case where is Torry Holt on your list??

Wabe

August 6th, 2009
1:00 pm

SEC, I’d rather throw a fade to Brian Finneran than Roddy White…

That doesn’t mean Finn’s better than White.

Fades are all about size. If you got a receiver mismatched on a smaller corner one on one, than it doesn’t matter how good of a receiver you are, you should be able to go up and get the ball over a smaller corner.

cutter

August 6th, 2009
1:04 pm

Matt Jones… dude are you serious? You must be Matt Jones. Is that it? Your Matt Jones and your trying to talk yourself up and back into the league. Guys we got Matt Jones here, get an autograph quick. 15 career touchdowns.

Paul

August 6th, 2009
1:16 pm

Few points on the Roddy situation –

1) Per Adam Schefter (NFL Network/ESPN): “Reports that Roddy Whie is seeking a more lucrative contract than Larry Fitzgerald I’m told are categorically false”

2) It’s a bet of stretch to compare the Merriman and Roddy’s contract status – Rememeber that Merriman is coming off reconstructive knee surgery, so he has no choice but to get back on the field and prove he can still play like he did 2 years ago, Roddy is coming off a pro-bowl season w/ 1300+ receiving yards.

3) Keep in mind that Roddy fully participated in all of the off-season OTAs – Could it be that Roddy was promised his contract situation would be addressed prior to camp?

BIRDMAN

August 6th, 2009
1:23 pm

Thats what I like about B Finn he has the hight and as I remember curectly he did’nt miss a lot of balls.Not to say his better than White,his not, But White had a lot of miss catches last season.And we will see a lot out of Gonzo, this year.Stars seem to shine a bit more when there traded.We still have a heck of an offence fellows .Just wish we had that A,s in he hole we had with HD…..GO BIRDS

Falcon Devil

August 6th, 2009
1:30 pm

SEC the funniest thing I’ve seen all week is you saying TO is better than Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson. I think you’ve confused media coverage with TD’s and yardage in your assesment. Further proof you are completely off base is the absence of Greg Jennings on your list.

chc4

August 6th, 2009
1:34 pm

Paul –

The other big difference b/ Merriman and White is that one is an unrestricted free agent after this season and it’s not RW. Roddy’s leverage is minimal.

Falcondore

August 6th, 2009
1:52 pm

I wouldn’t count out Dante Hall entirely either. Veteran player with punt return ability who will sign for cheap cheap cheap.

jason

August 6th, 2009
2:12 pm

Matt Jones is not going to be a Falcon. MV anyone. Actually worse as a crack head. Harrison is on the downdide of his career, and I keep hearing PHI and McNabb. ATL is going to need 2 young WRs to step up. Bergeron and Weems? Hopefully Kelly.

Also, here’s something to think about. Gonzo is going to do his usual thing. Early on we were talking about Gonzo not catching 100 passes as common because of all the weapons. He is now going to be one of the focal points; even more important now. Another thing and even more important to me is Jenkins. We are complimenting him and Babs on their signings and getting to camp and working hard on their continuing improvements. After the way TD went and took care of MJ; now’s the time for MJ to return the favor and step it up to be the #1. Kind of like Wayne did in IND. If MJ does this and RW continues to hold out, it might just make RW expendable. Thus RW might have already played his last down for the Falcons. Remember, MJ came from OSU. A big time school that plays a NFL style offense. MJ has the size and talents to turn it up a notch. Right now if TD stands pat and does not go rush out and sign a WR, the best case scenario for ATL would be for MJ to grab hold of the #1, and Bergeron to step up to the #2. That would leave Finn as a reserve for the important third downs. Weems and or Kelly has to prove the capable of the slot. Hopefully Weems because of him being small in stature and could easily get lost in all the size in the middle of the field.

One last point, it is also imperitive that Norwood, Brown, and Snelling step up even more in their recieving game. There are multiple options within the team. Mularkey will just have to adjust to his personell, and he proved worthy of that last year.

crabapplejoe

August 6th, 2009
2:14 pm

Matt Jones—He’s 6′6, runs a 4.3 forty, was the leading receiver on one of 32 NFL teams last year, and he is available for cheap. It’s a no-brainer….go sign him TD.