After a lost rookie season to injury in 2010, Kerry Meier has worked his way all the way back. Last season was a year of confidence-building for Meier as he not only navigated his first full season as a pro on the field, but also worked through coming back from a serious knee injury.
After a strong offseason of practices and five days of training camp, Meier appears to have a pretty solid grasp on the Falcons No. 4 wide receiver spot. It's a position that requires some variety and Meier is the perfect player to provide it. He still must be a factor on special teams and he's essentially a backup to all three of the Falcons first wide receivers. He's been learning multiple roles in the offense and it's clear the Falcons expect Meier to do many different things this season.
Meier's quarterback, Matt Ryan, has seen first-hand the progress that Meier has made.
"Kerry's done a great job, he really has," Ryan said on Monday. "I think last year coming off the knee injury, he came back in and did a good job and played in some spot roles for us. I think this year his confidence is back in his leg. He's not worrying about it much. He's just worrying about the things he needs to. He's playing with a lot of confidence. I think he has our system down pretty good. I've been really impressed with him through the spring and the first week of training camp."
A converted quarterback, Meier said during the OTAs period that he feels healthy and comfortable with any football motion on the field. His relaxed approach to the game is evident during training camp practices. While the Falcons are set with Roddy White, Julio Jones and Harry Douglas headlining the receiver corps, Meier is a solid fourth option and has had a strong camp thus far.