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