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Mailbag: Atlanta Falcons edition

September 26, 2009 1:48 PM

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Time for the Atlanta Falcons in our series of team-by-team mailbags.

John in Denver writes: Now that Jerry is out for the season do you think that trading for Glenn Dorsey will be an option?

Pat Yasinskas: I don’t see that happening. Yes, I know the Falcons liked Dorsey very much when he was coming out of college. They seriously considered drafting him instead of Matt Ryan. Obviously, they made the right move. They waited a year to get their defensive tackle and spent a first-round pick on Peria Jerry, who now is out for the year with a knee injury. Dorsey might be on the block because he doesn’t quite fit the new defensive system in Kansas City. But the Falcons are pretty serious about building their team through the draft and I don’t see Thomas Dimitroff parting with a first-round pick, which is probably what it will take to get Dorsey. In fact, the Falcons still feel pretty good about their situation at defensive tackle. They believe Thomas Johnson can be effective as a starter and they think Trey Lewis and Vance Walker can have an impact in the rotation.

Mark in Houston writes: Hey Pat, how about Jason Snelling this week? He's been a favorite of mine for awhile, and he looked pretty good in Norwood's spot on offense. He's got some good quickness for a guy this size.

Pat Yasinskas: Yes, I was very impressed with Snelling when I was in Atlanta to watch the game with Carolina. That’s the first real chance he’s had to show what he can do and he made the most of it. That’s only going to help him going forward. We don’t know a lot of details about the injury to Jerious Norwood, but I suspect he may miss at least a few games. That’s going to create more opportunities for Snelling. He’s a different type of back than Norwood, who is a speed guy. But Snelling brings a power element and the Falcons know they can’t wear Michael Turner out. I think you’ll see lots more of Snelling in the coming weeks.

Kris in Dunedin, N.Z., writes: Hi Pat. A few people have mentioned shifting Jamaal Anderson inside with the loss of Peria. What is your take on this option? Love the Blog.

Pat Yasinskas: Anderson has been getting some snaps at defensive tackle since last season. It usually comes in passing situations and the Falcons slide Anderson inside and bring in another defensive end. This year, they’ve got Kroy Biermann, who is flashing great promise as a pass-rusher and they also have rookie Lawrence Sidbury, who has all the tools to be a situational pass-rusher. The Falcons still are starting Anderson at defensive end, even though he hasn’t shown much as a pass-rusher. I think he’ll remain in the starting lineup, mainly because Biermann and Sidbury are too small to play against the run on a consistent basis. But I think you’ll see Anderson slide inside more and more.

Paul in Atlanta writes: Why are the Falcon's playing coy with the injury details related to Jerry's knee? Could his injury be worse than season ending? Multiple seasons? Or the big one?

Pat Yasinskas: I’m shocked (wink, nod, etc.) that an NFL team is playing it coy with details about an injury. Actually, the Falcons aren’t nearly the worst when it comes to this kind of stuff. Teams are known to play all sorts of games when it comes to injuries. But everything I’ve been able to gather on Jerry’s injury is that he’ll have surgery and a lengthy rehab, but should be back for training camp next summer.

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