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Jerious Norwood's role expanding

Third-year back could line up at receiver

Falcons tailback Jerious Norwood is entering his third season, and he's hearing the same predictions of an increased role that he heard the previous two. The slow-talking, fast-running Norwood is guardedly optimistic that this coaching staff, unlike others, will finally get the ball in his hands enough for him to fulfill his game-changing potential.

"I'm still going to keep the same mentality that I have since I've been here, which is compete, be the best I can be, so when my time comes I can deliver," said Norwood, who will backup free-agent acquisition Michael Turner. "Until then, I'll just play my role."

That role, at the very least, will be diverse. Norwood said he could line up at running back or any of the receiver spots, in a scheme that is based on establishing favorable matchups. The Falcons hope to get one of the NFL's fastest running backs in open space against linebackers or safeties, where he can possibly add to his 7.7 yards per touch average.

"He's a guy that can cause all kinds of problems for defensive coordinators," said Falcons coach Mike Smith, a former defensive coordinator with Jacksonville. "Not strictly because of his speed but because of the potential matchup problems he can create. Jerious is a special athlete that can do a number of different things."

Added Norwood,"There going to get me in some one on one matchups, so it's going to be fun to see what happens."

Norwood said he physically feels better prepared for his potentially larger role because of gains in strength he has made under the program established by new director of athletic performance (strength coach) Jeff Fish.

"We measure guys on functional strength, not raw strength, but strength in football related movements, core-based strength, and Jerious is one of our most functionally strong guys," Smith said.


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this is great to hear IMO. everytime i have seen him get the ball, he seems electric. the slightest seam could mean 60 yds for this guy. i'm hoping the offense can find a way to plug him in often enough to not seem disregarded.

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stumpjumper (6/6/2008)
I'm glad to hear his strength has improved, it might take away those little injury bugs or enable him to more easily carry a larger load :)

I have posted several times during the past season that I attriburted MOSt of the injuries to improper weight room practices. Petrino's guy and Billy Johnson are gone, we have hope.

I posted a long time ago that Kerney's torn pecs were from over loading in the weight room. Overloading tears players down vs building them up. Then last year someone else had torn pecs, go figure. Weight room heroics mean nothing, that is just being dumb.

Mike Smith is brining this organization out to the front!

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If they are short of ideas, they should dig out a few 'Aints games from 2006. I hate the 'Aints The way that Shaun Peyton cpmpensated for Reggie Bush's lack or production in the running game by using him to create mismatches in the passing game and open up defenses, was text book game planning and coaching.

Norwood has the physical tools to be a superstar if used well in this league.

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nobkowski (6/7/2008)
We have been hearing this same kind of stuff in regards to Norwood for the last two years. Hopefully the current regime will be for real about it.

Agreed. I'm not going to get too optimistic yet. I'll believe it when I see. I do hope it's true, though.

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