With Falcons split end Peerless Price all but demanding the ball Monday, even more attention will be paid to Atlanta's prized offseason acquisition when the Buccaneers visit the Georgia Dome.
Price has just four
receptions for 58 yards in his first two games with the Falcons. That's not what
you expect when you trade a first-round pick to Buffalo, and then sign Price to
a seven-year contract worth up to $42 million or so. But coach Dan Reeves is
taking the high road so far as there has to date been no war of
"I think, first of all, we had a bunch of plays called
for Peerless [Sunday against the Redskins]," Reeves said. "But on offense ...
when you start to force things, that can take away from the other things that
you're doing. [Sunday], they had Champ Bailey on him, and it should have opened
up for other players. But when you go against the best corner in the league
right now ... that's like banging your head against the wall."
And so, the Falcons and backup quarterback Doug Johnson, who's subbing for the
injured Mike Vick (whose broken right fibula probably will keep him out until a
Oct. 13 game at St. Louis at the least), will keep trying to find their money
"I think [Price] is working extremely hard, and that's all
you can ask," Reeves said. "I think a lot of things can happen, and you get
frustrated when you lose. I think his frustration is he is open, and the ball
isn't going to him for whatever reason. Those are things we have to work
--WR Quentin McCord had no catches in his first NFL start
last Sunday against the Redskins, but blocked well downfield, which coach Dan
Reeves considers especially important for his flankers. The shifty McCord
figures to remain the starter while Brian Finneran's broken left hand mends, and
team officials show no inclination to try to sign another
--SLB Sam Rogers, who suffered a "chondral lesion" in
his left knee in the Falcons' final preseason game at Cleveland Aug. 28, started
last Sunday against Washington and plans to keep playing as long as his knee
will let him. There's damage to cartilage and bone in his knee. Two different
kinds of surgery are available to him, but either one would end his season so
he's going to play with pain.
--SS Cory Hall, who missed the
Falcons' first two games, said he was going to practice last week and then play
against Washington. Two strikes. But Hall, who's recovering from a partially
torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, has been cleared to practice
--OLB Will Overstreet, who got his first NFL start in
the Falcons' win Sept. 7 at Dallas, has a staph infection in his left elbow. He
said Monday, though, that he thinks he'll play Sunday against the
--CB Tod McBride, who's been out - or at least limited to
non-contact portions of practice -- since the first week of training camp, had
five pins removed from his broken right hand Sept. 8. After missing the Falcons'
entire preseason and first two regular season games, he's expected to play
Sunday against Tampa Bay. Some observers are speculating he might even start in
place of RCB Tyrone Williams, who has played poorly since joining Atlanta last
winter from the Packers.
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