Posted by Andy Benoit
Rest assured Falcons fans, your team will be just fine without wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jenkins, a seventh-year veteran, suffered a shoulder injury during an intrasquad scrimmage Friday night. Fortunately, he is only expected to sit 4-6 weeks. That means he’ll likely miss just one or two regular season games.
"You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard with our athletic performance staff and our training staff to get back out on the field as soon as possible."
Though plagued by drops early in his career, Jenkins has evolved into one of the sounder possession receivers in the game. His terrific blocking and willingness to go over the middle make him an excellent fit in Mike Mularkey’s system. That said, the Falcons still have superstar receiver Roddy White and future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. Plus, the Falcons utilize two tight-end formations with greater frequency than any team in football, so Jenkins’s absence could actually translate to more snaps for Justin Peelle and fullback Ovie Mughelli.
The depth chart suggests Harry Douglas should fill in for Jenkins. But Douglas is a speedy, diminutive slot weapon. A better replacement for the 6’4”, 215-pound Jenkins would be veteran Brian Finneran (6’5”, 206) or fifth-round rookie Kerry Meier (6’2”, 224). Whoever lines up outside is the Falcons will remain a power-oriented team with just enough aerial firepower to survive a few weeks being shorthanded.
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