What Role Will WR Meier Play?

A Fairly Surprising Pick

 Many fans started to get very, very nervous when tons and tons of talented wide receivers were pulled off the board. Eric Decker to the Broncos, Andre Roberts to the Cardinals, Mardy Gilyard to the Rams, Marcus Easley, and….well, you get the picture. Many agreed that it was very nice to beef up our lines with defensive tackle, guard, and center in the middle rounds, but the extremely deep wide receiver class was running thin very quickly and the Falcons hadn’t pulled the trigger on a receiver. The receiving corps went to being one of major strengths to a pretty big weakness with the injury to Harry Douglas, sub-par year from Michael Jenkins, and really no threat outside of Roddy White. After Dimitroff moved up to snag CB Dominique Franks, the name “Kerry Meier” scrolled across the board with the Birds second 5th round pick. A collective WHO? was likely gasped by the vast majority of Falcons fans.

Major Production @ Kansas

After the initial shock wore off and fans scrambled to research Meier, they found an especially productive wide receiver at the University of Kansas. Meier will never be mistaken for a burner (4.65 forty time), but he’s a receiver who is exceptionally smart from his days as a converted quarterback, knows how to get open, and catches everything thrown his way. Meier is very quick and uses his large frame (6’2, 224) very well to catch the ball. Is never afraid to go over the middle and make the grab. Even though he really only had 2 full seasons as a starter at Kansas, Meier leaves with the all-time receptions record (226) and single season receptions record (102). The Kansas wideout averaged 100 receptions, 1,000 yards, and 8 touchdowns a year his junior and senior seasons. Meier may not get tons of yards after the catch and surely is no homerun threat, but he may be the perfect receiver to move the chains and could very well be the new Brian Finneran with his good route running, sure hands, and red-zone threat.

Meier a Lock to Make the Team?

The answer is most likely yes, but you just never know with all the talent jockeying for one of the sacred wide receiver spots. The Falcons carried 5 wideouts last year in Roddy White, Michael Jenkins, Marty Booker, Eric Weems, Brian Finneran, and Troy Bergeron was activated several times but never played. With Harry Douglas only 9 months removed from an ACL injury, Jenkins disappearing act, Finneran’s injury, and little to no production from Booker or Weems, the receivers were one of the weaker positions on the roster. There was Roddy White last year and…………Roddy White. Many would think that Meier’s a lock because he was drafted in the 5th round, but Smith and Dimitroff have shown (for the most part) that the best man will win and get the spot. Eric Weems knows what’s at stake, Finneran will make one last push and is a locker room favorite, and not to mention the heat he’s getting from the undrafted free agents Ryan Wolfe and Tim Buckley, but especially Brandyn Harvey. Meier had a very good mini-camp and is still a favorite, but he shouldn’t get too comfortable.

Where Will Meier Fit?

The Falcons have their Pro Bowl receiver in Roddy White, their complementary receiver in Michael Jenkins (even though that’s another debate altogether), and hopefully a healthy Harry Douglas to stretch the field. So where exactly will Meier fit? One answer is for Meier to ease into the rotation, working as a 4th or 5th wide receiver and getting in mainly on obvious passing downs. Logic has it that Meier will be fighting with Weems to be the 4th option in the rotation, where he can use his skill set best, finding open spots and using his great hands for catches to move the chains. What if Harry Douglas rehab goes slower than expected? Aren’t the Falcons in the same predicament as last year? Although Meier isn’t a burner and can’t truly stretch the field, Meier could seemingly work as a slot receiver in case Douglas doesn’t return to form. Reason is because Meier knows the field so well as a former quarterback that he could find the soft zones in coverages and be a very nice complement to Tony Gonzalez in the middle of the field. For his part, Weems definitely didn’t take advantage of the huge opportunity last year.

Your Turn to Weigh In-What’s your overall impression of Meier as a Falcon?

-What grade would you give Dimitroff for taking Meier?

-Is Meier more or less a lock to make the team?

-Could Meier work as a slot?

-Finally, what are your expectations for Meier this season?

 

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poppa falcon

May 18th, 2010
10:27 pm

Meier’s SURE hands are more important to me than blazing speed. With Douglas in limbo, Meier would be a servicable slot rcvr (as u stated). As I look at the schedule, I can see Meier AND our other rcvrs having a great yr provided they stay healthy.

ATLJBO

May 18th, 2010
10:33 pm

Kerry Meier ran a 4.51 at his pro day.
http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/03/10/kansas-rb-sharp-helps-draft-chances/

But yea… The guy has decent speed but he is not a burner (not close) …. I do think Meier is a big strong WR… I think he is quick out of his routes with great hands… I think he will make a good #4 WR… He is a guy you want in the slot. (3rd or 4th WR) … A Fin type WR (in the future)

I dont think Kerry will do allot this year… I do think he will be a good 4th WR.

John Waynesworld

May 18th, 2010
11:12 pm

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 18th, 2010
11:15 pm

D3, Nice, makes me forget my lost Australian rules football post with all the links :-) .

I was sorta in the WTF?!?!? camp at the beginning on this pick, after missing out on the FLA receiver, Riley Cooper. After some research, I see how he fits the falcons system and should be a complimentary piece of the puzzle.

At the moment Finn (aging and lots of injuries on his resume) and Tony G (aging also, not as effective a blocker) are the smart, strong possession, go to receivers if we need a 1st down or a TD. Meier is in that mold, and will definitely have the opportunity to show some skills on a limited number of snaps.

I think he WILL make some yards after catch, but not 30 yards in a breakaway, but that extra 2 or 3 yards needed to reach the sticks (he has played FB as I recall).

Regards speed, that is somewhat overrated of the receiver can’t pull in the ball! I prefer smart, quick and strong in a possession receiver, and Meier seems to have that.

Regards the questions:

-What’s your overall impression of Meier as a Falcon?
Good, he will fit a role, and provide synergies giving MR a good possession receiver to move the chains, for red zone offense, and for a safety valve that will get 6-8 yards reliably.

-What grade would you give Dimitroff for taking Meier?
A, because he got a quality possession receiver that fits the system with a late 5th round pick.

-Is Meier more or less a lock to make the team?
Yep, maybe two new receivers this year.

-Could Meier work as a slot?
Yes, he appears to be flexible. I can see him breaking the first tackle and picking up 8-12 yards quickly.

-Finally, what are your expectations for Meier this season?
Depends if Finn makes the roster. If not, he is behind Roddy, Jenkins, and HD (if healthy), coming in on 3rd downs and redzone situations. He could also play a role in fake field goals, and trick plays such as lateral to Meier from Ryan, than go long..

Bangkapi Ajarn

May 18th, 2010
11:16 pm

Best case scenario, another Hines Ward

Box

May 18th, 2010
11:51 pm

My question is is health. Didn’t he go down with an injury? Even if slight, are we cursed, or what?

Wabe

May 19th, 2010
1:05 am

I like this pick.

It adds depth to a position that we needed to address. Last season, I had suggested at times that Mularkey should’ve ran more 4-5 WR sets to help spread the field for Ryan. I thought it was best for him to be back in shotgun to let him see the field clearly. I thought him dropping back so much hindered his vision and at some point, he caught a case of happy feet.

Bottom line, I think with the return of a healthy Harry Douglas and the addition of Meier, the Falcons have a little more depth at WR this year compared to last, so no doubt it helps Ryan’s progression and adds another element to the offense.

jj

May 19th, 2010
1:15 am

I have a question and I say thanks in advance for any info I get.Do anyone know what happened to the x LSU qb,Ryan Perriloux?I know he ended up at Jacksonville St and I wonder did he graduate and enter the draft?

The Grinch

May 19th, 2010
1:51 am

Excellent pick; I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become a mainstay. Remember, Jerry Rice wasn’t a burner either.

Ed

May 19th, 2010
2:01 am

Good work as always D3, but let’s face it…the Falcons flat screwed up by selecting a (slow) WR to compete for Finneran’s position. We badly needed someone that could compete with Jenkins for the #2 slot. Just the fact that MC is blogging about TO shows that so many see that same thing. We need another playmaker on offense…maybe there’s diamond in the rough somewhere on the expanded roster.

Ken Strickland

May 19th, 2010
5:33 am

Let’s face it, as time passes and we see and read more about this yrs picks, it appears TD and Smitty really out did themselves. They’ve both proven their ability to recognize talent, and have put the right coaching staff together to quickly mold them into productive players. It still amazes me how they are able to draft players in almost every rd and still get so many of them to be productive within 2yrs.

ED-Finneran, not Jenkins, has been our possession receiver for sometime now, but he’s aging and has suffered season ending injuries the last few yrs. Jenkins is a starter and is on the field basically at all times. So it makes sense to replace the WR that’s the least productive, Finneran, mainly due to injury, rather than replacing one of your more productive receivers, which Jenkins is. Fifty catches as the #3 receiving option in a run oriented OFF isn’t bad at all. Besides, he’s our best blocker among our WR’s.

If Finneran makes the team, it will be more as an outstanding special teams player than as a WR.

The Real Falcon

May 19th, 2010
8:21 am

It looks like we are depending too much on the return of Douglas. His recovery will be longer that anticipated.

truth

May 19th, 2010
9:03 am

This guy will be a great player for the Falcons. Bangkapi….I’m with you, I see him being a type of Hines Ward receiver.

Is Bangkapi your real name?

CBrass

May 19th, 2010
9:04 am

D3,

Great job as always. When I saw Meier’s name and was like “who the hell is this?” but after researching him I can see why TD made this pick. Meier may not be flashy but he’s productive and from what I saw in mini camp(yes I know he was only in shorts and helmet) is that he catches everything that’s thrown this way. He may not be fast but he makes up for it with crisp route running and his sure hands.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

May 19th, 2010
10:25 am

I am a huge fan of Brian Finneran but I am seriously hoping that Meiers and some of these young free agent WRs make the team this year and replace both Finneran and Weems. I was also hoping that the Falcons would trade Jenkins for a draft pick this year, but that did not happen…..just wishful thinking on my part!!!

A lot of folks seem to be hung up on speed. But I would rather have WRs that can get open and keep the chains moving down field while eating up the clock….it is called time of possession and it can consistently win games.

I also believe that the pass plays and overall offensive strategy designed by Mularkey also leave a lot to be desired. The offense continues to be way too predictable and the talent that we have on the team is not maximized, e.g., a screen to Norwood, WR slants over the middle on third and short, trying to run Norwood up the middle, consistent use of the no huddle offense, etc.

waynester

May 19th, 2010
10:32 am

The kid’ll never make the team with TO coming to town….NOT!!
At least one can count on relevant questions being asked in “The Cage”, as opposed to the nutty speculation about hiring Owens posted elsewhere on the site.
Meier looks awesome and I fully expect him to make the team…

Rimfire

May 19th, 2010
10:34 am

Brains/smarts can only help the birds. Could be a steal…

Marcus

May 19th, 2010
10:55 am

I was hoping to snag Clemsons Jacoby Ford as a Harry Douglas insurance policy, but I like the Meier pick. When I saw it, I felt like everyone else: Finneran 2.0.

jeff

May 19th, 2010
11:28 am

I don’t have much faith in Rooks personally. I think he may replace fin if he gets hurt again and maybe even if he doesn’t. I still would rather us go after 1 more bona-fide receiver FA to compliment White. Say one of these FA
Austin Miles- 4th year
Mark Clayton- 5th year
Laveranues Coles- 10th year
Kevin Curtis- 7th year (same as Jenkins)
Devard Darling- 6th year
Malcolm Floyd- 4th year
Mike Furrey- 7th year
Vincent Jackson- 5th year
Justin Jenkins- 3rd year
Greg Lewis- 7th year
Lance Moore- 4th year
Mushin Muhammad- 14th year (may have more left than TO)
TO- 14th year
Josh Reed- 8th year
David Tyree- 6th year
Javon Walker- 8th year
Kelley Washington- 7th year

Magellan55

May 19th, 2010
11:49 am

Looks like a good pick…especially with a 5th Round pick. We could get some production from him this year with HD coming back from injury (which I feel he will be slow out of the blocks as far as production goes). I think he fits very well with Falcons/Ryans style of play. A deep threat would be nice, but with Ryans accuracy going down as he throws beyond 15 yards, I would rather have a big, sure handed receiver that can move the chains. I could see him becoming Ryans 3rd option behind White and Gonzo. HD will be slowed by his injury, and Jenkins is just not reliable.

LJ

May 19th, 2010
11:57 am

@waynester, in defense of DOL, if you read the entire post, he poses that question because so many Falcons fans have been asking him if the Birds would bring TO in. He then lays out arguments for AND against, but then lets the bloggers debate.

Personally, I am opposed to it, and I hope one of these new WRs can catch on and contribute. I REALLY hope Harry comes back healthy!!

CBrass

May 19th, 2010
12:26 pm

jeff,

I’m sure if any of those younger receivers fit our scheme TD and Smitty would have taken a look or maybe even signed one of them.

waynester

May 19th, 2010
12:56 pm

LJ
My comments were directed toward the many posters who insist we need Owens, not DLed personally. Sorry for any confusion…..

Zoomie

May 19th, 2010
1:24 pm

I think Meier could come in as a Welker-style player: always able to find a crease in the middle and catching everything thrown at him. A huge threat on critical third downs and a key weapon when we have to pass to move the chains. Seems like he’s big enough to hold his own working the middle against the LBs and safeties. He’s got the head, question is, does he have the physical skill to step up to the NFL level of play? If he does, and he stays healthy, he could provide the production we always hoped we’d get out of Finneran. I think KM is a relatively low-risk 5th round selection. With the group we’ve got competing, if he makes the team, he will have certainly earned it. I’m with jeff, though; I’d feel better if we pick up another certified flier to play as #2 and stretch the field.

Paulitik

May 19th, 2010
1:42 pm

Meier is my steal of the draft for the Falcons. He’s might have the best hands on the team after Tony Gonzales. I see him as a mix of Gonzo, wes Welker, and Austin Collie if he reaches his full potential. I love the fact that TD went with high Football IQ guys in this draft. He’s probably tied with Franks as my second favorite pick after Spoon.

uga_b

May 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

Kerry would be a good fit for a 4th receiver spot because of what he would run and the fact he is not a return man. I think Meier makes it and Weems is on the bubble. The fifth spot is either a returner like Weems or a development project like the other guys. Looks like Weems will have to beat out Finneran, Harvey et al, and Dominique Franks. Right now Franks seems to be making a good impression and if he sticks and you carry 6 CBs, I think you have to use him as a return man. I think they move Finn into the front office or some kind of coaching capacity. At the end of the day, if Weems isn’t doing returns, I don’t see him making it.

Unca' Bob

May 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

Zoomie,

We have a flier at our #2 WR right now. M Jenkins ran a 4.38 40 at the 2004 Combine. I’ll take the tortoise over the hare any day.

uga_b

May 19th, 2010
2:01 pm

With advancements in ACL repair, players can return at 6 months now instead of the full year. I personally think 9 months is still a good standard. Harry has 13 months. Myself, when I had mine done along with a meniscus repair, I was back playing rugby (which doesnt involve as much cutting as a receiver but more hitting) in 10 months. It took 2 years to feel great but was more than serviceable. I think Harry will be solid but slightly limited this year and take a big leap 2011.

Zoomie

May 19th, 2010
2:34 pm

Gotcha, Unca’ Bob. I used the term “certified” to subtly communicate my doubt about Jenkins production. Oh well, it’s out in the open now. Like someone said before (maybe that was you), it doesn’t help the team to have greased lightning at receiver that can’t reliably make the catches. We could use another fast guy with good hands. Meanwhile, I may be proven wrong in the long run, but KM is my favorite pick in this draft.

LRD

May 19th, 2010
2:57 pm

Concern with Harry is not just the repair , but the fact he has not been popped by any defensive backs in quite sometime. He could be a bit gun shy and drop passes trying to protect himself from further injury. Granted I do not know the man personally, but some players after surgery and major rehab are a bit slow to get right back into the mix.
Meier makes the team..and prediction that towards end of the season becomes a favorite target for Ryan in the red zone where speed is not as important. Being an exQB he will have the brains to find the open spot, to be able to read a scrambling QB, and get open and prove he does have strong enough hands to hold onto anything.

Plus if Ryan gets more free reign on the O this year, more no huddles we will be doing more of the moving the chains plays with quicker shorter passes… meaning Meier provides that size needed to just make the catch and “fall fwd” for an add’l yd or 2. And with his size he can put out some shots on DB’s too.
(one thing I will say about Jenkins though.. he is a good blocker, something Roddy is/was not always consistent about)

TO

May 19th, 2010
3:33 pm

The best WR on Kansas, Dezmon Briscoe, was still available when Meier was taken – I would have much rather had Briscoe. I would have rather had Jonathan Dwyer, who was also still available at the time.

Hamad Meander

May 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

I’m not going to judge this pick as to whether or not we should have selected him in the 5th round. As most have probably looked, there were some other players that would have gotten me more excited at that spot, but since we have Kerry, let’s get a look at him.

Big. Fast. Good hands. Runs good routes. Those are all good attributes for a wide receiver. I say he takes Finneran’s job outright this year. He will be used in 3 WR sets in the slot, and maybe goal line situations where speed isn’t the most important trait.

I’ve not given up on Michael Jenkins yet. I think a lot of people are down on him because he doesn’t show up on the stat that all fantasy football players look at: Touchdowns. You look at his other stats – catches & yardage, and take his blocking into account, and he isn’t that bad. The Falcons aren’t a team that is going to score a ton of TDs through the air, so MJ shouldn’t be judged on that statistic alone.

uga_b

May 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

LRD, I agree. One of the good things is that there has been a very high rate of success recently with the smaller skill players. My bigger concern is with someone like Peria because weight and size already put tremendous pressure on a healthy knee. I have severe doubts he will ever make an impact in a starter role.

The good news is that based on the timeline, Harry’s knee will be structurally sound for practice and pre-season. That is where you hope to get over the mental block. It took me a few good pops and some cuts before I was confident on my repaired knee but then the excitement takes over. The day-to-day discomfort/confidence took the full 2-years. My surgery was also in 2004 and things have come a long way and I didn’t have the full time re-hab strength and conditioning staff.

From what I saw during his playing time, I think Harry’s hard-playing mentality is going to benefit him greatly because I don’t think he knows how to play another way. Some players start trying to finesse it. If he becomes a ballerina or a water-bug around contact, then he’s gone.

CBrass

May 19th, 2010
3:58 pm

Birdman

May 19th, 2010
4:48 pm

Way to go Biermann .

JJ

May 19th, 2010
4:52 pm

D3, great blog, little more interesting than “what if’s”.

CBrass/Sick ‘n Tired hit it on the head for me. Meier will be a great poss. WR and hopefully Finn. stays with us in a coaching role.

Unca’Bob, remember last yr when White caughts a 70 yd. screen pass and Jenkins out ran everyone. Coach Ken posted a great point about Jenkins. He’s a great blocker and 50 catches for a #3 WR aint bad. WE all remember his 5 drops though, they were huge. Still, he’s not a true #2WR threat but I still want him on the team. Just say no TO, as if any of us would.

BA, hope your friend are ok overseas.

SW, daily prayers for your family, hope your alright buddy!

JJ

May 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

Share Forever Young: One Reason For The Falcons’ New Winning Culture
by Dave Choate on May 19, 2010 12:40 PM EDT in Editorial

” Citing the reasons for the success of the Atlanta Falcons in the past couple of seasons has become easy. You credit Thomas Dimitroff and his savvy talent evaluation, Mike Smith and his merry band of intelligent coaches, the emergence of players like Roddy White and Curtis Lofton. Those are the most common, and I suspect you nodded ever so slightly while reading them.

I’m here today to talk about a different reason, one that sprang into my head while reading this article from the great Joe Posnanski. For those of you who can’t be bothered to click on the link, Posnanski argues that the perennial cellar dwelling Kansas City Royals have consistently taken an approach that focuses on winning now, at the cost of the development of long-term talent and subsequently the team’s future.

How do I plan to draw a parallel to the Falcons, you ask? Read on.

Take Brent Grimes. Take Chris Owens. Take Harvey Dahl. Take Kroy Biermann. They are all prime examples of the idea that youth, when properly nurtured, is a key component to a winning football team.

For all the Falcons’ success over the last two seasons—a combined 20-12 regular season record and a playoff appearance—the team has largely avoided the minefield that a win-now attitude comes pre-packaged with. Teams that truly believe they are immediate contenders go out and sign expensive free agents, trade draft picks for established guys and play the steady veterans at the expense of the uncertain promise of young players. It’s an approach the Washington Redskins in particular have specialized in, and they’ve been rewarded with a series of truly shitty seasons and a rapidly thinning roster.

Give the Comrade and Smitty a lot of credit for this, if nothing else: They never came in expecting to win a Super Bowl in year one. They came in to create a long-term winning culture in the city of Atlanta, where one has never existed before. They’ve done so by playing the 23-year-old guys with considerable upside, even as they’ve scuffled. They’ve limited themselves to one free agent splash an off-season. They endured the quizzical expressions of the national and local media as they played guys those pundits honestly believed didn’t belong on a football field, at least not at this stage of their careers.

Let’s take on Brent Grimes, again. In some ways, he’s not the best example because he’s been jerked up and down the depth chart under Smitty’s baleful eyes. In other ways, he’s perfect. Grimes was an undrafted free agent from a tiny college who was barely a blip on most teams’ radars. A guy like that doesn’t stick around long as anything other than organizational depth in better than 80% of the rosters in the league. But the Falcons saw something in Grimes and trotted him out there, even as fans scratched their heads and pundits continued to rail against the young team’s secondary.

But then something wonderful happened. Brent Grimes became a good football player. We can argue whether he should start or belongs in the nickel, but he’s a freakish athlete, a blossoming ballhawk and a guy who you can feel reasonably confident lining up against quality wide receivers. Guys like are hard to find in the NFL Draft, much less in the waves of flotsam and jetsam left behind afterwards. They didn’t find this out because he sat on the bench for four years and was pressed into action due to injury, where he excelled. They found this out because through thick and thin, the Falcons found playing time for Grimes all over the field. They put up with blown coverage and questionable decision making at time and watched him learn.

Kroy Biermann was allowed to win a job and keep it, and he rewarded the team with a nice sack total in 2009. The team dealt with injuries to Chris Houston and Brian Williams not by making a panic signing of a veteran, but by letting Chris Owens prove he’s got a future in this league. And going back further, they continued one of the few positive aspects of Bobby Petrino’s reign by giving a long leash to guys like Harvey Dahl, who has proven to be a perfectly competent offensive lineman. This is not an accident, or a sign of a team that simply doesn’t have any better options. It’s an intelligent, long-term strategy to build a roster from the ground up that can excel for years.

As a Falcon fan, I can’t really articulate how much I appreciate that approach. As a fan of the NFL, where re-treads are awarded long contracts simply because they’ve managed to hang around forever, I can say that the Falcons are a team building the way I believe every team should be built.

And I firmly believe that in the years ahead, we will finally be rewarded for years of suffering through the Kansas City Royals approach when the Atlanta Falcons turn out to be one of the best teams in the NFL

JJ

May 19th, 2010
6:24 pm

-non falcons-

SW, for you buddy, I prefer the original (Buckly- SB says its depressing) but this version is uplifting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8r4MFmMxwo&feature=related

peace brother.

Ken Strickland

May 19th, 2010
7:54 pm

When TD and Smitty took over the team, their first move was to release or trade veteran players with reputations as locker room cancers. Why would anyone expect them to reverse that philosophy at this stage of the teams development and sign the NFL’s ultimate locker room, sideline and in the huddle cancer?

Why bring in a player like him who as a #1 receiving option:

(1) Caught only 5 more passes than the 50 passes caught by MJenkins, the WR he’d be expected to replace?

(2) Why would anyone be stupid enough to make an issue of MJenkins’ dropped passes, then suggest we bring in one of the NFL’s perennial leaders in the category?

(3) Why would anyone dismiss a WR that basically costs the team almost nothing, and has a reputation or catching everything thrown his way, just because he’s a rookie, then suggest we spend millions just to sign a vet WR to do the same thing? With that kind of attitude, we would have missed out on the production of QB MRyan, LT SBaker, CB COwens, WR/K/P returner HDouglas and OLB CLofton. Where would this team be without them?

SeminoleWarrior

May 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

My Brothers and Sisters of the Cage,

First, thanks again for all the prayers and well wishes that have been shown to the TeePee family. It means so much to have such great people carign about you when the skies are darkest.

Here is the latest: We brought the Angel home from the hospital where she is resting well. The family elected to go with medications/home health services and a deep faith. At 86 years of age, we just could not bring it to be to allow surgery (she did not want it anyways). So the mission, one we all will participate in, is to make sure that peace, happiness, and love will be in the mix each and every day. All five generations are frequently gathering, making sure we maximize each moment we have. She has good days and bad but, as Nookah and Nesta would remind me (us), everything is going to be alright.

Again, thanks for all the love, the prayers, and the incredible friendship. I’m trying to get back into a normal routine as I have accepted what will be even though I do not like it at all. But it is what she told me to do and I DARE NOT dishonor any request that she makes.

So with a renewed faith, a trusting spirit, and deep love for my angel and my Cage fam….I am back!!

ONE NATION…FALCON NATION!!

SeminoleWarrior

May 19th, 2010
8:56 pm

Lots of stuff to try and catch up on…so I will start here with Meier. As the Cocoa Mel Kiper sat at the Branch a few weekends back, along side the tough evaluator CBrass, we noticed that this kid had some skills. He brings nice size and a determined work ethic to the table. While the players were in shorts and there was no contact, certain folks seemed to serve notice that they would be in the mix for a roster slot. Meier, Harvey, and Peek REALLY impressed the hell out of me with what they did in the practice sessions. Each showed strong focus, shadowing the veterans, interacting with the coaches, soaking up information like giant sponges. CBrass and I were especially caught by the way Peek seem to mirror TG88, seeking counsel and watching the All-world TE work. Meier was a constant at the side of Coach Rob, watching and listening to his every word in between his drills. Harvey shadowed his apparent mentor and vanilla clone, Brian Finneran.

I like the look of all these guys and do not envy the decision that TD and Smitty will have to make when it comes to cuts later this summer. There is some talent/depths out there for sure. These mini/rookie camps and OTAs will be very revealing for sure. So let’s sit back and enjoy the ride.

SeminoleWarrior

May 19th, 2010
8:59 pm

Sick and Tired, I am with you in regards to more diversity and innovation in the offense. But if you seriously think that Tiptoe Norwood can carry the rock up the middle, I have some prime beach front property on the Gulf that I will give you a nice discount on…..

SeminoleWarrior

May 19th, 2010
9:06 pm

Way to roll Bier Truck!! I see a 10 sack season coming.

SeminoleWarrior

May 19th, 2010
9:11 pm

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http://www.gillettestadium.com/stadium_information/index.cfm?ac=quick_facts

http://www.patriot-place.com/about.aspx

CBrass

May 19th, 2010
9:11 pm

SW,

Nice to see you back buddy. Keep us posting on how she is doing. You and your family will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Norwood will be taking a couple of those carries to the house this season. You watch.

I still have goosebumps from when Biermann game me a hug!!! “sighs”

SeminoleWarrior

May 19th, 2010
9:25 pm

Thanks for the welcome back, CBrass. And I am sure that the Bier Truck feels the same way. AS far as TipToe goes, well, we discussed that at the Branch. He is done as a Falcons courtesy of Mr. Smith and/or Mr. Nance.

CBrass

May 19th, 2010
9:45 pm

SW,

I do not think he done at all. He was hit hard with injuries last season. I can relate to that. A quiet notice has been served to Mad Mike to open up the play book and I’m sure we will see more of “TipToe” (as you call him) sprinting towards the endzone.