The Falcons open camp, having shed two former No. 1 picks

Jamaal Anderson, we hardly knew ye. And we weren't impressed. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Jamaal Anderson, we hardly knew ye. And we weren't impressed. (AJC photo by Curtis Compton)

Flowery Branch — If you were worried that the end of the lockout caught the Falcons unaware, fear not. They know what they’re doing. And today Thomas Dimitroff made two moves that indicate he’s ready to move even more.

Michael Jenkins, a first-round draft pick from 2004, was cut. Jamaal Anderson, a first-round draft pick from 2007, was cut. They won’t be missed.

Jenkins had never become anything more than an ordinary wide receiver, and Anderson was a source of ongoing consternation — four seasons, 4 1/2 sacks. This tells us that Dimitroff has cut almost every tie — almost, because Roddy White and John Abraham are still here — with predecessor Rich McKay’s run as general manager, and also that the Falcons aren’t planning to be ordinary in 2011. (Not that being ordinary is every foremost on any team’s agenda, but sometimes it happens.)

The players who are left are out on the field in T-shirts and shorts. This morning practice had been designed as a workout in helmets, but confusion over the newly signed collective bargaining agreement wound up with the first session of Training Camp 2011 being an hour-long walkthrough, although it’s kind of unclear what they’re walking through, having not officially practiced anything for several months.

Back soon. Unless Dimitroff cuts me. Which he might. (Though I was never anyone’s first-round pick.)

By Mark Bradley

76 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

July 29th, 2011
10:14 am

I’d take you in the second or third round, MB. That’s still a good life.

Second?

Benjamin

July 29th, 2011
10:15 am

Benjamin’s in the pole position! I’d like to thank my sponsors…

Mack1124

July 29th, 2011
10:17 am

Bradley, I’ve missed you. I knew where to find you, but it wasn’t the same w/the lockout.

skeltometer

July 29th, 2011
10:20 am

Hope the Falcons get some folks who can play some defense when the chips are down.

WARRIER FOR MY PEOPLE!

July 29th, 2011
10:24 am

The Falcons do not know what they are doing. They released too of the best player on the team.

What they need is a good QB and shut down Corner Back if they want to get where Green Bay is.

This team has never been the same since MV7 went some where better.

Ryan

July 29th, 2011
10:24 am

Dimitroff needs to pull the trigger and get Edwards with the cap room we now have. No matter how good New England is, they find a way to get better and not afraid to sign people and take risk. Stop BS’ing around trying have a team full of choir boys and get some attitude in this franchise!! Rise up!

Rickster

July 29th, 2011
10:25 am

dangit. third.

Rickster

July 29th, 2011
10:25 am

or fourth, even.

Sutton's Fro

July 29th, 2011
10:27 am

MB, Is this cash for Dahl and Blaylock, or for UFA’s from elsewhere? Falcons have yet to sign a FA that wasn’t on their roster in 2010, but I have faith in TD to make the right moves. I just want them to be SOON!! I’m itching for some good news!

By the way, Koenen’s contract in Tampa is ridiculous considering that any decent NFL kicker can make touchbacks from the 35. I guess the Buc’s are trying to get above the salary floor…

MLH

July 29th, 2011
10:29 am

Cutting Jenkins could be risky. After Roddy that leaves the Falcons with a rookie and two unproven receivers. Maybe he restructures his contract and comes back?

Reid Adair

July 29th, 2011
10:30 am

Neither Michael Jenkins nor Jamaal Anderson were first-round picks by Thomas Dimitroff and the current Falcons management. Neither player lived up to expectations. Jenkins will probably get signed by another team; I’m not sure about Anderson.

Ra'mon

July 29th, 2011
10:33 am

MB, if the Falcons don’t make it to the NFC Championship Game (at least), will Mike Smith (I think he’s doing a great job) start feeling the heat, especially with Bill Cowher still available?

Seen (The Overrated American League) This (Lose the All-Star Game) B4

July 29th, 2011
10:34 am

So what’s the depth chart at WR then…White, Jones, Douglass, Meier, Weems?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 29th, 2011
10:34 am

MLH agree with you. Would like Jenkins back myself. He is a steady WR not flashy but a solid vetern who knows the system.

Sutton's Fro

July 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Why didn’t my comments post? Take two:

MB, is this cash (and Koenen’s) for Dahl and Blaylock, or UFA’s from elsewhere? The only signings so far have been for guys from the 2010 roster. While I have faith in TD to makes the right moves, I’m itching for some new blood and SOON!!

By the way, Koenen’s contract with Tampa Bay is ridiculous, considering that any decent kicker can make touchbacks from the 35. I guess the Buc’s are trying to get above that new salary floor.

bama falcon fan

July 29th, 2011
10:34 am

Dimitroff would be smart to go back and update his Bill Belichick school of management. Anderson should have been gone a year ago. The Jenkins move was the right one, however, Dimitroff should have shed Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner. Both have gone beyond their prime. With the availabilty of a couple high end tight ends and adequate RB’s out there the Falcons should make the move now.

Sutton's Fro

July 29th, 2011
10:38 am

Why didn’t my comment post? Take three!!:

MB, is this cash (and Koenen’s) for Dahl and Blaylock, or UFA’s from elsewhere? The only signings so far have been for guys from the 2010 roster. While I have faith in TD to makes the right moves, I’m itching for some new blood and SOON!!

By the way, Koenen’s contract with Tampa Bay is ridiculous, considering that any decent kicker can make touchbacks from the 35. I guess the Buc’s are trying to get above that new salary floor.

invictus mon

July 29th, 2011
10:45 am

Lowcountry Bulldawg….we need to meet during the season man. I’m in S’ville, SC, from Athens myself. On to the task at hand, I’ve gotta believe that TD has been plotting this for the last 4 months. There hasn’t been any real suprises yet, so while I’m following this as close as anyone, I trust in the man who’s made us a perennial playof contender (as long as he gets us a defensive pass rusher).

JB

July 29th, 2011
10:45 am

I hate it, but they have another number 1 bust sitting drawing big money who will go the same route after they pay him some more to hide this mistake. Peria. Too big, no stamina, will be gimpy all the time. millions wasted and not one tackle or sack. Should’ve drafted an athletic DE or LB.

JB

July 29th, 2011
10:46 am

Peria will be a bust also. Too big, gimpy and no stamina.

Joe Tess Fish House

July 29th, 2011
10:48 am

At least Jamal Anderson showed up and played and not fake an injruy like Perrier Jerry also they shold of had cut Jenkins last year and sighed TO. They wait a year 2 long.

OtisTheDrunk

July 29th, 2011
10:49 am

@bama falcon fan….”Dimitroff should have shed Tony Gonzalez and Michael Turner”..HUH? YOU bama fan are a freakin PINHEAD with that statement!

Post-it

July 29th, 2011
10:52 am

Umenyiora in a trade with the Giants is what the twitter feeds are suggesting. Especially now that he’s holding out. Wouldn’t be surprised to see us give them Nicholas as part of the package. If so, what a great move by TD to resign a linebacker we don’t really need only to turn around and use him to get the guy we wanted all along. We’ll see.

PMC

July 29th, 2011
10:56 am

Post-it. Amen to that one brother. WOuld love to see that.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 29th, 2011
10:58 am

invictus,

In Chattanooga now. Lived in the Charleston for about 8 years. Had the pleasure of watching AJ in Summerrville. The best high school player I had ever seen. You make it up to Chatta-Vegas let me know.

Claws of the Scorpion

July 29th, 2011
11:03 am

Post-it, That’s exactly what was Peter King talking about this morning. Love the move.

John D

July 29th, 2011
11:16 am

Post-it – If that pans out (Umenyiora) – we might have to move TD into the Schuerholz discussion as best GM Atlanta has seen in the last 25 years. And that better fits the ‘explosive’ model than a Ray Edwards signing.

That said – Edwards as a fallback wouldn’t be terrible.

PreyDawg

July 29th, 2011
11:19 am

This is a great move. Question: If Jenkins doesn’t stumble in the endzone and drop a pass right in his hands and we go up with just a couple minutes in the half (this against the Pack last year) does it change the dynamic in the game….You are darned right it does.

And I dont want to hear the crap that we would not have won that game no matter what. That is bogus. Several plays would have totally changed the game. This is just one. But it is a big one and it was a pattern with Jenkins.

Jenks was never NOT a dissapointment. Jamaal was give chance after chance as well. Bye bye to these two leeches against the cap.

Dont get me wrong. They were both nice guys. Just WAAAAYYYY overpaid and both a virtual liability at times on the field. Jenkins is why Roddy is constantly double teamed.

Good moves.

RM

July 29th, 2011
11:20 am

Long overdue!!! Both guys were a wasted roster spot. Good riddance!

404

July 29th, 2011
11:21 am

MARK IT DOWN:

By January 1, 2013, these NFL franchises will no longer exist:

1. Buffalo Bills
2. Cincinatti Bengals
3. Cleveland Browns
4. Jacksonville Jaguars
5. Detroit Lions
6. St. Louis Rams

By then , the total NFL revenues and revenue-sharing
will no longer be able to support these highly marginal teams.

PreyDawg

July 29th, 2011
11:22 am

@ John D., @ Post-It, Good point John. TD is the real deal. He can make a mistake like anybody but if he pulls this off plus the trade on draft day…..WOW. What a defensive backfield we would then have. Let Grimes be a nickel. He would be great at that. Or maybe let Duante be the danged nickel the way he played last year. I bet Uminyora pushes Robinson to pick up his game.

Pauls Johnson

July 29th, 2011
11:24 am

@Warrier

You mean MV7 was better off going to Federal Prison and playing for the Falcons… HAHAHA

RM

July 29th, 2011
11:25 am

Now go get a DE!!! A real DE that is!

PreyDawg

July 29th, 2011
11:26 am

@Pauls…please….please….please….I beg you….may we not escalate any talk of this former player. Don’t make me sick at my stomach on a Friday. Dont take the bait Pauls…for the sanity of all of us. That is not the subject at hand.

PreyDawg

July 29th, 2011
11:27 am

@RM- Wouldn’t you rather have Umeniyora?

RonnieMack

July 29th, 2011
11:34 am

@Ra’mon – Was that a serious question?

Pauls Johnson

July 29th, 2011
11:34 am

Sorry,, my bad,, I just found that kinda funny,, I’ll stay on topic.

NagoyaFalcon

July 29th, 2011
11:35 am

As a die-hard Falcon fan I love this guys, but I can’t tell you how happy I am to hear this news. This gives the birds money, and with that, let us welcome a new defensive end, I hope.

AlanFalcon

July 29th, 2011
11:42 am

WARRIER-take some advice and go find a head doctor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ra'mon

July 29th, 2011
11:42 am

Ronnie, yes that was a serious question. I think Mike Smith is doing a good job. But if this end up being the third season where he gets no wins in the postseason (and missed playoffs one season), will Blank get trigger happy and look for someone else?

KQuark

July 29th, 2011
11:45 am

The Falcons still need a top end pass rusher along with Abraham and a cover corner. Depth in the safety would help as well.

I don’t mind losing Clabo because he was getting past his prime but Blalock will be missed if they cannot resign him.

really???

July 29th, 2011
11:46 am

@404 -
Believe it or not, the Lions are actually on the rise and they’re assembling a pretty good team, at least on paper. They could push for 8-8 this season, and likely be an above-.500 team by 2013. That is, unless the Atlanta Spirit group takes them over. Then they’ll move to some god-forsaken Canadian outpost and the ASG will blame the fans.

But I’m not bitter…

chncybl

July 29th, 2011
11:48 am

Jamal Anderson did not live up to expectations but he was solid at tackle on third down passing situations and against the run. Liked him in the tackle roation, from that perspective his presence will be missed.

BigTimeTechFan

July 29th, 2011
11:52 am

I agree with letting both Anderson and Jenkins go, but to say they won’t be missed is being a little bit rude.

Jenkins made some big plays in clutch time for Atl, remember the 3rd and long, the catch was a great catch right on the sideline to win a game. Made a few more big plays for Atl, but overall he was average receiver.

Anderson was pretty good against the run but not so great a pass rusher.

Best of luck to both, hope they can find a team.

Oh, I’ll miss Norwood to, but I can understand why Atl let him go also. He was cool guy, just got hurt to much lately

GTT

July 29th, 2011
11:55 am

Uh, Clark, Clabo has been signed to a new contract … by the Falcons.

KQuark

July 29th, 2011
11:56 am

Face it Anderson was a complete bust but Jenkins was a solid two WR.

With the addition of Jones along side Roddy the Falcons obviously want a 1 and 1a receiver tandem for Ryan.

I have no problem with that strategy if the Falcons throw more on first and second down. Otherwise it was a waste.

GTT

July 29th, 2011
11:56 am

Meant Quark.

KQuark

July 29th, 2011
11:57 am

Crap I meant to say losing Dahl and keeping Blalock. I always get those two mixed up.

Teddy Ruxpin

July 29th, 2011
12:23 pm

Maybe now with the salary cuts with shanking Jenkins,Norwood,& Anderson now the Falcons will have money to address the defense. Especially at DE and LB. I still say that if the Falcons had a bull rusher last year to put heat on Aaron Rodgers the Falcons would have been Super Bowl champs. We need some players like a young Abraham at DE and a young Brooking at LB. Go Falcons !

Teddy Ruxpin

July 29th, 2011
12:24 pm

Falcons need to make a deal with the Bengals. They are cleaning house it seems.