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Falcons Cut Michael Jenkins, Jamaal Anderson Friday Morning

The Atlanta Falcons decision to not re-sign Jerious Norwood was made known by his agent Thursday, and here come a few more names. Former first-round picks Michael Jenkins and Jamaal Anderson will be released, the Falcons announced just before training camp begins in Flowery Branch.

Jenkins provided seven serviceable seasons as a No. 2 receiver out of Ohio State, but the team clearly expects Julio Jones to take over that spot and quickly Harry Douglas, Kerry Meier and a couple other wide receivers are also going to get their chances. He leaves Atlanta with a reputation as a solid producer.

Anderson frustrated many Falcons fans since being picked in the top 10 out of Arkansas. He struggled to generate a consistent pass rush from his end position, and was converted into a tweener tackle over the past couple years. He willingly bulked up to change roles, and by all accounts he's a good guy. Defensive line is perhaps the team's deepest position, especially with the hopeful emergence of Peria Jerry and the potential onboarding of a big-name free agent.

By the way, these cuts would indeed free up some space for a big-name free agent.

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