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Countdown to Training Camp: DAY 4 — Wide Receivers


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7:00 am July 26, 2010, by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Roddy White will try to put together his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard season.

Birdland – Just four days left to the players report!!!!

This is the seventh of 10 installments in the “COUNTDOWN TO TRAINING CAMP 2010.”

Each morning until Training Camp starts, we’ll take a quick look at a position group before the players report for camp on Thursday. They will hit the field for their first practice next Friday.

We’ve already looked at the defensive line, linebackers, cornerbacks, safeties, offensive line and tight ends.

The wide receivers are up today.

THE REALLY BIG QUESTION: Can Harry Douglas make a comeback after knee surgery and become a threat out of the slot?

Roddy White came up 47 yards short from posting his third consecutive 1,200 yard season. He did amass a career-high 11 touchdowns and went to his second consecutive Pro Bowl.

He will remain the main prong in the passing attack from the wide receiver position.

The under-appreciated Michael Jenkins caught 50 passes last season, but averaged only 2.5 yards after the catch.

How many yards receiving will Roddy White have in 2010?

Less than 1,000 yards

More than 1,000 yards

More than 1,200 yards

More than 1,400 yards

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Loading ...Behind those two, the Falcons are counting on Harry Douglas to bounce back from knee surgery.

Veteran Brian Finneran could provide some depth and veteran leadership to the unit.

The team drafted Kerry Meier in the fifth round and then added some rather intriguing undrafted free agents in Brandyn Harvey and Ryan Wolfe.


Wide receiver Harry Douglas is on schedule to return to the field soon. (Curtis Compton/Ccompton@ajc.com)

1. The entire unit needs to improve on yards after the catch.

2. Someone needs to step forward and become more of a threat in the slot.

3. With all of the attention on White and tight end Tony Gonzalez, there should be room for another receiver to step up and make some big plays.

4. Continue to block well downfield in the run game.

5. Make sure they have their assignments down when the team shifts into its no-huddle attack.

Here’s a look at the wide receivers:

Roddy White: His 11 touchdowns was tied for fourth in the NFL last season.

Harry Douglas: Had a strong rookie season and appeared ready to challenge for a starting spot before suffering a knee injury on the sixth day of training camp last season.

Kerry Meier: The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Meier had a school-record 226 career catches at Kansas.

Michael Jenkins: Had a solid 50-catch season for 635 yards, but only had one touchdown.

Brian Finneran: Veteran route runner, who can also contribute on special teams.

Eric Weems: Served as the punt and kickoff returner last season.

Ryan Wolfe: Keep an eye on him. He’s the Mountain West Conference’s leader in career receptions with 283. He will be competing for the fourth or fifth spots.

Troy Bergeron: He bounced back and forth between the practice squad and the active roster last season.

Tim Buckley: Played quarterback at Alcorn State.

Brandyn Harvey: He’s another player to keep an eye on in training camp. The 6-foot-4 receiver caught 131 passes for 1,835 yards and 11 touchdowns at Villanova.

Andy Strickland: Spent the last two weeks of the season on the practice squad. Starred at Wofford. Was in camp with Jacksonville last year.

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I have confidence in our receiving corp and offense. Last year we were plagued by injuries. It was Gonzo's 1st season with the sqaud and him and ICE were getting chemistry. That is why I think some are to hard on Jenkies. When Redman was in he hit Jenkins alot. Roddy is Roddy and HD should be a threat. All we need is one of the rookies to step up. We will be fine on offense. Turner , Snelling , and Norwood will make it so there wont be two many double teams.

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