News:Kerry Meier was the last player off the practice field at the Atlanta Falcons' training camp on Sunday morning. The receiver kept running goal-line routes and catching soft lob passes over his shoulder while his teammates were signing autographs or headed to the locker room. Meier says he's determined to make up for lost time after missing his 2010 rookie season with a knee injury. "You can never catch enough balls," he said. "In a day's practice, I try to maximize the number of catches I get in. It can definitely pay off in the long run." Meier, a fifth-round pick from Kansas in 2010, impressed coaches in training camp last year before hurting his right knee in a preseason game against New England. He missed the season following surgery but has participated in every practice in camp. "I've been really surprised that he hasn't had to miss any time in practice," coach Mike Smith said. "He did a great job in his rehabilitation. ... For him to be able to come out here and not miss a snap so far in training camp, I think that says a lot about his work ethic in the offseason."
Analysis: Meier is wearing a wrap but no brace on the right knee. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he gives the team a big target at receiver -- especially important after Michael Jenkins was released and Brian Finneran wasn't re-signed. First-round pick Julio Jones is expected to join Roddy White, coming off his third straight Pro Bowl berth, as Matt Ryan's top targets. Harry Douglas returns as a possible No. 3 receiver. That leaves room for Meier to re-emerge with an important role. "He's got to do a lot of stuff that Finneran did last year," White said. "He's got to come in there and get those third-down catches for us and get those seam routes and things like that. You need a guy who can go out there and do what Kerry can do, because he catches the football really well. He's a tough cover. He's a big, strong kid and he can run and do a lot of good things. I'm just happy he's getting his chance to show what he can do. I hope he has a lot of success this year." While this is obviously a great sign for Meier, he can be left on Fantasy waivers until if or when he becomes a reliable option during the regular season.
News:The Kansas City Star reports Falcons WR Kerry Meier, who missed his rookie season in 2010 with a knee injury, said he is close to 100 percent for the first time since injuring himself in a preseason game last year. Not quite there yet, but I feel like Im turning the corner, which feels good, Meier said. Its been a long time coming.
Analysis: Meier was a fast-rising prospect in Falcons camp last summer, but those hopes faded after he hurt his knee. The lockout isn't helping his chances of making the Falcons' roster this season since he can't meet with team doctors. The addition of first-round pick Julio Jones means Meier has even more competition at wideout. It's safe to ignore Meier in Fantasy until further notice.
News: Falcons WR Kerry Meier has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury during Thursday's game against the Patriots. The fifth-round pick out of Kansas caught three passes for 27 yards in two preseason games.
Analysis: Meier really had an opportunity to contribute this season with Michael Jenkins injured, Harry Douglas coming off major knee surgery and Brian Finneran seemingly at the end of the line. But his year is over before it started. Meier should be ignored in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Falcons rookie WR Kerry Meier had a pair of receptions during Friday's preseason opener against the Chiefs. He entered the game during Atlanta's second possession, failing to connect with Matt Ryan on an incompletion. He ended up catching two of the four passes thrown his way for 27 yards.
Analysis: The Falcons aren't deep at receiver, and with Michael Jenkins injured, Harry Douglas coming off major knee surgery and Brian Finneran seemingly at the end of the line, it wouldn't be a shock to see Meier get plenty of playing time with the first and second units during the preseason. However, Atlanta runs the ball more than the average team, so even if he becomes their third receiver he wouldn't put up huge numbers. Meier can be ignored on Draft Day outside of deeper dynasty/keeper leagues, where he should be considered late.
News: With the news on Sunday that WR Michael Jenkins will be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury, the Falcons will consider other receivers to replace him in the short term opposite Roddy White. The players who could benefit from Jenkins' injury are Harry Douglas, Brian Finneran and rookie Kerry Meier.
Analysis: Meier has progressed well in training camp and has earned the praise of head coach Mike Smith. The fifth-round pick from Kansas is getting time at both outside receiver positions as well as in the slot. He has as much potential as Douglas to step up and fill in for Jenkins. We just expect Atlanta to rely on White and TE Tony Gonzalez until Jenkins is back in the mix. Meier still has little Fantasy value in seasonal formats unless he has an amazing preseason.
News: Falcons rookie WR Kerry Meier is impressing both teammates and coaches early in training camp. "I thought Kerry had two outstanding catches (Friday)," head coach Mike Smith said. "I think he's getting a good grasp of what we're trying to do offensively." The fifth-round pick from Kansas is getting time at both outside receiver positions as well as in the slot, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "Kerry's doing a good job for us," QB Matt Ryan added. "He's working real hard and studying real hard."
Analysis: The Falcons aren't deep at receiver, and with Harry Douglas coming off major knee surgery and Brian Finneran seemingly at the end of the line, it wouldn't be a shock to see Meier work his way as high as third on the depth chart. However, Atlanta runs the ball more than the average team, so a third receiver wouldn't put up huge numbers. Meier can be ignored on Draft Day outside of deeper dynasty/keeper leagues, where he should be considered late.
News: Falcons rookie WR Kerry Meier sustained a hamstring injury on the last day of minicamp Thursday. But Meier said he's doing better. "I'm doing well right now and happy I'm back on the field running around," he said. Meier, a fifth-round draft pick, is hopeful he'll reach an agreement and sign a contract soon. "There are some talks right now, but I'm not sure how close we are," he said. "But I have a feeling we're pretty close."
Analysis: Meier will likely be a reserve WR for the Falcons and has minimal Fantasy value this season. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
News: Aside from first-round pick Sean Weatherspoon, other players the Falcons drafted include DT Corey Peters (third round, Kentucky); CB Dominique Franks (fifth round, Oklahoma); WR Kerry Meier (fifth round, Kansas); and FS Shann Schillinger (sixth round, Montana).
Analysis: The only one of these Falcons with even a hint of Fantasy potential is Meier, who has good size and good hands but not much else (4.5 speed). He had 102 catches for the Jayhawks last season. He's worth a late-round pick in the deepest of dynasty/keeper leagues. The rest of the group don't warrant Fantasy consideration.