News:Peria Jerry won't go so far as to say he's the missing link to an improved interior pass rush in Atlanta this year. Yet, as a former No. 24 overall draft pick, Jerry believes he hasn't come to close to maximizing his NFL potential. If Jerry does so this season, the Falcons' defense would likely solve its primary concern of training camp -- improve its pass rush or suffer another disappointing finish. "I set my goals real high and I'm going to try and achieve them," Jerry said Monday. "For the most part, I'm going to keep doing my job within the scheme, keep working and see what happens."
Analysis: Jerry played in every game last year, but knows he isn't paid first-round draft pick money to be a backup. The former Ole Miss standout, who has two career sacks and one pass defended in 17 regular-season games, wants more from himself, but likewise acknowledges that he must be patient after missing nearly four months of his rookie season while rehabbing from knee surgery. "It's always technique," Jerry said. "That's the biggest thing. You can do all those other things, but I just try to work on my step and hand placement and keep doing it so that it's natural to me." Ignore Jerry in Fantasy until he becomes a force up front for Atlanta.
News: Falcons DL Peria Jerry, the team's first-round pick in 2009, recorded the first sack of his career Week 6 at Philadelphia. It was his only tackle.
Analysis: As an interior lineman, Jerry is responsible for consuming blockers, which means he doesn't often factor statistically. You can leave him on waivers in Fantasy IDP leagues.
News: The Atlanta Falcons say rookie defensive tackle Peria Jerry is out for the season after injuring his left knee in a victory over the Panthers. Jerry, the team's first-round pick out of Mississippi, went down in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 28-20 victory. Coach Mike Smith said the rookie will be placed on injured reserve. The Falcons are thin along the defensive line, so the loss of Jerry is especially damaging.
Analysis: Jerry wasn't considered a useful IDP league option in the first place, so his absence shouldn't be missed there. You can safely remove him from seasonal leagues.
News: Saints DL Jerry Peria left Week 2 vs. Carolina in the fourth quarter after suffering a leg injury. He did not return.
Analysis: Peria is a not-too-big, not-too-slow defensive tackle with a good motor whom we have yet to recommend as a start in IDP play. Leave him reserved until further notice.
News: Rookie DT Peria Jerry left Sunday's game against the Dolphins with injured ribs. Coach Mike Smith had no update on Monday, though he said "I can tell you we came out of that game healthy."
Analysis: Jerry is a not-too-big, not-too-slow defensive tackle with a good motor, he's not expected to put up stats worthy of use in Fantasy IDP leagues just yet. Hopefully he's alright and will be able to return to the defense for Week 2's game
News: The Falcons' first two draft picks, defensive tackle Peria Jerry and safety William Moore, could earn starting jobs in training camp.
Analysis: The Falcons want badly to improve their defense after losing linebackers Keith Brooking and Michael Boley, defensive tackle Grady Jackson, safety Lawyer Milloy and cornerback Domonique Foxworth. Perry is a not-too-big, not-too-slow defensive tackle with a good motor, he's not expected to put up stats worthy of use in Fantasy IDP leagues just yet. The same goes for Moore.
News: Falcons coach Mike Smith says first-round draft pick Peria Jerry has a mild right knee sprain. A day after leaving practice early with the injury, Jerry stood on the field with other defensive linemen Sunday, but didn't participate as Atlanta finished its three-day mini-camp. The former Mississippi tackle walked without a limp and wasn't wearing protection on his right knee. Drafted No. 28 overall, Jerry had arthroscopic surgery on the same knee last August to repair a torn meniscus.
Analysis: Perry is a not-too-big, not-too-slow defensive tackle with a good motor. He's expected to at least rotate along the line as a rookie for the Falcons. He won't be asked to do much but eat space. As such, the stats will be minimal for him. Keep him limited to a middle- to late-round pick in rookie-only drafts this summer.
News:Peria Jerry was tabbed by the Falcons in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft, immediately improving the talent pool along their defensive line. Perry is a not-too-big, not-too-slow defensive tackle with a good motor. He's expected to at least rotate along the line as a rookie for the Falcons.
Analysis: Jerry won't be asked to do much but eat space. As such, the stats will be minimal for him. Keep him limited to a middle- to late-round pick in rookie-only drafts this summer.