ESPN’s Adam Schefter reportsthat the Falcons have parted ways with two former first round picks: wide receiver Michael Jenkins and defensive end Jamaal Anderson.
Jenkins was the team’s top pick in the 2004 draft and started 5 of the 7 years he was a Falcon, combining to catch 276 passes and 20 touchdowns. Jenkins, widely considered a disappointment due to the fact that he never had a game where he had 100 or more receiving yards had been a serviceable starter for the team since Mike Smith took over in 2008.
Anderson was the top pick in 2007, coming to the team with big expectations as a replacement for long-time Falcons end Patrick Kerney. But Anderson never lived up to that potential, and struggled to produce as a pass rusher. In recent seasons, he started to find a niche as a role player and run defender. Anderson started the first three seasons he was a Falcon, but combined for only 2.5 sacks. This past year, as a role player, he recorded 2 sacks, despite only starting 3 games.