When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Falcons Friday in Atlanta, they are likely to see plenty of a former Kansas Jayhawk. With likely starting WR Michael Jenkins out 4-6 weeks after suffering a shoulder injury, rookie (and Pittsburg, KS native) Kerry Meier is in the running to start opposite Roddy White.
While Jenkins is on the sideline, the battle between Harry Douglas and rookie Kerry Meier becomes a bit more heated. The two are the most talked about in the slot-receiver position battle.
Brian Finneran and Eric Weems will also see more action with Jenkins hurt. Weems already saw extra repetitions on Saturday during the Falcons’ scrimmage. He responded well and had an incredible one-handed catch on the sideline that he tipped to himself.
The Falcons saw first-hand last year what could happen when injuries take their toll. And when Jenkins was hurt on Friday, even though the injury didn’t look severe, there weren’t too many who didn’t instantly think of the season-ending injury to Douglas last year in training camp. The four-to-six week timetable leaves hope for the Falcons that their regular season won’t be terribly effected by this injury.
But there is also now a need for the group of receivers below Jenkins on the depth chart to step up.
You aren’t likely to come across a more compelling story than Meier’s. To be able to go from record-setting quarterback to record-setting receiver at a Big 12 school is a tall enough task, but to do all that after undergoing a heart procedure before your freshman year makes it all that more incredible. Add in his competition for a starting spot in the NFL as a rookie and it’s the stuff of Hollywood movies.
Unfortunately during his journey from Kansas to the NFL, Meier had to deal with the loss of his brother Dylan after a hiking accident. To read more about Dylan’s passing and how Kerry is carrying on his brother’s memory, check out this article from Fanhouse.
It’s not often we go out of our way to pull for a player on another team, but in this case I don’t see it being much of a problem.