The receiver who emerges as Michael Vick's No. 1 option must learn to improve and ad lib like Atlanta's improvisational quarterback. Doing so made Alge Crumpler a two-time Pro Bowl selection and helped Brian Finneran carve out a role as a No. 3 receiver. On other teams, Finneran probably would serve as a No. 4 or No. 5.
Regardless, Jenkins must make this kind of catch to keep from hurting the confidence he has in himself and that his teammates have in him. The play resulted from Vick's scrambling left of the pocket, and the quarterback's awareness that Jenkins had turned to run 8 yards past Seattle free safety Ken Hamlin and down the left sideline where no one could've kept him from scoring.
Unfortunately, Jenkins reached to catch the ball over his shoulders and let it fall right through his outstretched hands.
From there, Atlanta went on a tailspin through the rest of the second quarter as the defense allowed two more touchdowns and the offense achieved nothing substantial before halftime.
Michael Jenkins proved against Philadelphia that he can run defined routes and catch deep balls. His 58-yard gain, coming down the middle of the field, was a designed play that ended at the 1 and set up a touchdown.
Not many receivers are born to succeed in the NFL, and Jenkins knows he must work hard to achieve whatever he gets. Roddy White has a skills set better suited to fit Vick, but he's a rookie who looks a bit lost right now. Jenkins needs to step forward and grab the role with authority.