Tag:Michael Jenkins
Posted on: September 22, 2010 11:06 pm
 

Michael Jenkins returns for the Falcons

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Atlanta Falcons passing attack is getting stronger. On Wednesday, possession receiver Michael Jenkins returned to practice after missing virtually the entire preseason and both of the first two regular season games with a shoulder injury. M. Jenkins

The Falcons have been using Eric Weems and Harry Douglas in Jenkins’ place, and Matt Ryan has been looking for No. 1 wideout Roddy White even more than usual (White was targeted 23 times and caught 13 passes in Week 1 against the Steelers; in Week 2 against the Cardinals, he was targeted 12 times, catching seven balls.

Mike Smith told Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that they’ll bring Jenkins along slowly this week. He will likely not start against the Saints.

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 11:00 pm
 

Falcons have no plans to add WRs

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Two WRs are lost for the season, but the Atlanta Falcons aren’t going to troll the free agent market looking for replacements. So writes the Atlanta Journal Constitution .

Fifth-round pick Kerry Meier is lost for the season with a knee injury, and Michael Jenkins is out for the time being with a shoulder. But the Falcons opened camp with 11 players and now are down to nine for the final two preseason games.

I guess they feel that’s enough.

"Michael is going to be back around the opening of the season," said Falcons coach Mike Smith after Saturday's morning practice. "We feel good about our guys. Harry [Douglas] is back. So I don't anticipate that we need to do anything in terms of our roster."

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 10:45 pm
 

The Falcons need Finneran

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With two of Atlanta’s best receivers out of action – that’d be Michael Jenkins with a shoulder and Harry Douglas, who’s still recovering from knee surgery – 34-year-old Brian Finneran will take many of the practice reps in place of them.

Finneran hasn’t been a full-time starter since 2003, and he really seemed to fall off last year, making just 11 catches for 111 yards in 10 games while dealing with his long-term knee injury problems.

But if the Falcons need him to start, then he’ll start.

"I've been there before," Finneran told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . "It's been a while since I've been asked to do it, but you just go out there and play football. I've been on the football field for a long time now. Whether if you are a two, three or number one [receiver], you go out there and play."

Jenkins likely will miss four to six weeks, which means Finneran could go into the regular season as the starter at that WR spot. Finneran always has used his 6-foot-5 height to his advantage, and he’s got good hands. And if he can stay healthy, he might continue to have a significant role on this squad even when Jenkins returns.

"A lot of times, the number [one receivers] of the world, you know who they are, the Roddy Whites and Larry Fitzgeralds of the world," Finneran told the paper. "But from two through four, those guys get to step up and make plays every week. So you just go out there and do it."

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 9:56 pm
 

Falcons lose Michael Jenkins for 4-6 weeks

Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Jenkins (US Presswire)
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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Posted on: August 8, 2010 9:45 pm
 

Michael Jenkins out 4-6 weeks

Michael Jenkins will miss 4-6 weeks, the team announced Sunday night. Jenkins injured his shoulder on Friday night's scrimmage.

"You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury," said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "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."

It's a blow to the Falcons, but nothing too tremendous -- they have plenty of weapons on the offensive end even if Jenkins misses even more time.

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