At times, it's tough to judge a rookie's contributions. Never was that moreso than with Atlanta DT Peria Jerry who was making those around him better with his play, but was lost in the second week of the season to a knee injury. How he recovers and his overall health are the keys to how good the Falcons can be on defensive in 2010...
January 13, 2010
The Falcons' rebuilt defense is still a work in progress. Atlanta is attempting to replace five starters, so things were expected to be bumpy at the outset. "There are going to be some growing pains," coach Mike Smith said. "There are a lot of new pieces on the defensive side of the ball."
August 17, 2009
Almost as soon as the gun sounded in the playoff loss to Arizona, the Falcons started rebuilding their defense. Five starters -- linebackers Keith Brooking and Michael Boley, safety Lawyer Milloy, cornerback Domonique Foxworth and defensive tackle Grady Jackson -- were not re-signed or were let go.
June 26, 2009