I caught a great interview with Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith from the combine on Sirius NFL Radio as I drove to NFC South physical therapy headquarters for work on my knees this afternoon.
The good news is, there’s no lockout in place yet and I was able to get my workout in. The better news is Dimitroff and Smith each had a very interesting quote as they visited with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon.
Let’s start with Dimitroff. And let me preface this by saying one thing I respect about Dimitroff is he doesn’t beat around the bush. Schein or Gannon asked him what the Falcons are looking to accomplish in the offseason.
“More explosiveness across the board,’’ Dimitroff said. “Read between the lines.’’
Dimitroff didn’t need to put that qualifier at the end. It’s pretty clear what he’s saying. Like just about every Atlanta fan I hear from, it sure seems like the Falcons realize they need to add playmakers. Or, if you want to use another term, go with speed.
The Falcons need to add a speed receiver to go with Roddy White and Michael Jenkins. They need to add a fast running back to complement Michael Turner and Jason Snelling. And they need to add a quick defensive end. Both Smith and Dimitroff said in the interview they need to improve the pass rush.
Now, let’s move over to what I thought was the best part of Smith’s interview. He was asked about defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who was Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2009. He suffered a knee injury early in his rookie season. He came back last season, but didn’t do very much. In fact, Jerry fell behind rookie Corey Peters, a third-round pick, on the depth chart.
The Falcons were pretty quiet about Jerry’s health situation last year, but Smith shed some very interesting light on that subject Friday.
“I think he’s going to be a lot better next year,’’ Smith said. “Even though he was back, he wasn’t back 100 percent.’’