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Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons: Episode 1 Recap

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Kroy Biermann and Jake Matthews got into a scuffle almost immediately after training camp began. (AP Photo)

Last night’s premiere of Hard Knocks with the Atlanta Falcons was a doozy. After just one episode, I’m now convinced bringing the cameras to training camp was a good decision.

The show on its own is brilliant as it’s always nice to get a behind-the-scenes look at an NFL team’s training camp. Of course, Hard Knocks’ brilliance was amplified by the fact it’s featuring the Falcons.

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Falcons DT Peria Jerry Opts to Retire

Peria Jerry didn't do much in the NFL. (Steve Mitchell)

Peria Jerry, for all intents and purposes, was a bust.(Steve Mitchell)

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Peria Jerry has decided to retire.

Jerry was selected in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.

His lack of success in the league could be attributed to a knee injury he suffered in his rookie season that made him miss all but two games. However, years removed from the injury, he never became the force the Falcons expected him to be.

For his career, Jerry totaled 67 tackles and 5.5 sacks, with 3.5 of those sacks coming last season.

Atlanta re-signed Jerry this offseason – a move I thought to be surprising – but even if he didn’t retire, I doubt he would’ve made the team’s final roster.

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Falcons Bring Back Peria Jerry

Peria Jerry, for whatever reason, is back. (Rich Addicks)

Peria Jerry, for whatever reason, is back. (Rich Addicks)

The Atlanta Falcons have re-signed defensive tackle Peria Jerry.

I couldn’t tell you why. It seemed the Falcons had no interest in bringing the first-round draft pick bust back, but alas.

Atlanta selected Jerry in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the second game of his rookie year and hasn’t seemed to recover.

Jerry did have the best season of his career last year, totaling 33 tackles and three and a half sacks in 14 starts.

Also, the Falcons signed cornerback Javier Arenas to a one-year deal. Arenas was a draft pick of Scott Pioli while he was the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, so there’s a bit of familiarity there.  He was selected in the second round (50th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

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Falcons Injury Report: Moore, Samuel, Turner Questionable

The Atlanta Falcons Piedmont Healthcare Injury Report published on Friday lists four players as questionable for Sunday’s game versus the Carolina Panthers: defenisve tackle Peria Jerry (quadricep), safety William Moore (hamstring), cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder), and running back Michael Turner (elbow).

Jerry and Turner were limited in practice throughout the week, but Moore and Samuel did not practice at all, making them game-time decisions.

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Falcons Intercept Manning Three Times, Win 27-21

Let’s address what needs to be addressed: the replacement officials are absolutely abysmal, and the NFL needs to get the original officials back immediately. The replacements are doing the best they can; their best just isn’t good enough. While they are at fault, the NFL deserves a large amount of blame as well. Something needs to be done quickly because these games are quickly becoming unwatchable. Both teams were screwed several times by abysmal calls; if the NFL cares about the integrity of the game, the original officials will be back in Week 3.

For God’s sake, the first quarter lasted for ONE HOUR.

Now, the game recap:

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Falcons Waive John Parker Wilson, Place Corey Peters on PUP

The Falcons have waived quarterback John Parker Wilson and placed defensive tackle Corey Peters on reserved/non-football injury list on Sunday.

With how Wilson performed in preseason, it’s not surprising to see the Falcons let him go. However, the loss of Peters through Week 6 is a huge blow to the Falcons defense; he was able to usurp the starting spot from first-round draft pick Peria Jerry after being drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Jerry will need to step up and play like he was drafted in the first round.

With these two roster moves, the Falcons have cut the roster down to the mandatory 75-player limit.

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Preseason Observations Week 2: Falcons vs. Bengals

The Atlanta Falcons came up short 24-19 against the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night. This loss marks the Falcons’ sixth consecutive preseason loss dating back to last preseason.

Continuing the theme from last game, the Falcons (offensive) starters looked great, and the backups looked not-so-great.

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Baker, Jerry Receive Vote of Confidence From Smith

I still don’t believe it.

Pat Yasinskas sat down with Mike Smith and asked specifically about the futures of first-round disappointments Sam Baker and Peria Jerry. Concerning Baker, Smith said the Falcons are “very committed” to him.  Smith follows that by saying Baker has a long future with the team. With how badly Baker has performed, this is shocking, disturbing news. As Yasinskas says, Smith is a pretty straight-forward coach, so there’s no reason to believe he’s being deceptive.

On one hand, I don’t quite understand the point of keeping Baker on the roster; cutting him would save $2.6 million. He would be an extremely expensive backup if he can’t hold off Will Svitek for the starting left tackle job.

On the other hand, solid left tackles are difficult to find in the NFL. The Falcons chose Baker in the first round; there’s a chance he can still turn into the player they envisioned him to be when they traded up for him to protect Matt Ryan’s blindside.

It’s more than likely Jerry won’t live up to his first-round draft status. Unlike Baker, cutting Jerry would force the Falcons to take a $2.2 million cap hit.  He’ll still be on the roster when the season begins.

As a Falcons fan, I absolutely want to see these two succeed with the team. Let’s hope that’s exactly what happens.

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