Peria Jerry, the Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick in April's draft, almost never played a down of football despite coming from a family that has put two cousins in the NFL and numerous others on Division-I football scholarships. Just a few years later he's expected to compete for a starting job with the Falcons this fall. Jerry spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about what finally convinced him to play and stick with football, how he spends his free time in North Mississippi, and how he's recovering from a minor knee sprain.
FLOWERY BRANCH - While reporters scurried from Roddy White to Mike Smith to Matt Ryan with questions about the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Turner sauntered off the practice field almost unnoticed.
It was a rare occasion on a football field for Turner, who quickly caught and kept the attention of opposing defenses in 2008.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons picked up 10 rookie free agents Tuesday, including Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson. The team also signed an Arena League veteran, released two defensive linemen and waived two other players to fine-tune its roster after the draft.
April 28, 2009|
From staff reports