Mora says Jenkins, White close to breakout games

Mora says Jenkins, White close to breakout games

FLOWERY BRANCH - Michael Jenkins' dropped pass in the second quarter of a three-point loss at Seattle might have some Atlanta fans wondering if the Falcons will ever find a No. 1 receiver.

To hear head coach Jim Mora tell it, Jenkins and rookie Roddy White are close to filling that role.

Nobody liked how Jenkins let quarterback Michael Vick's 45-yard impromptu pass down the left sideline slip through his hands on a play that could've forced a 7-7 tie. Mora, however, pointed out that Jenkins had a chance to redeem himself in the second half, but Vick threw it too long.

"We had our shots," Mora said Monday. "That's the thing. The scramble ball that it looked to me like it went through Mike's hands, and then (Jenkins) beat their right corner on a slant-and-go and (Vick) just overthrew it a little bit."

Mora also was encouraged that White seemed more upbeat than usual.

"His ankle felt good and mentally he seemed a little bit more upbeat than he had during the week," Mora said. "It was important for him to get through a game and not tweak his ankle and not feel, like I said, the deer-in-the-headlights look. He was more comfortable playing in that game."

The Falcons (1-1) don't know if Vick will recover from a strained hamstring in time to start at Buffalo (1-1) this week. Regardless of quarterback's condition, however, Mora believes Roddy White is ready to take more snaps in three-receiver packages with Jenkins and Brian Finneran.

Dez White, who starts opposite Jenkins, left the Seattle game briefly after aggravating a knee injury he sustained in preseason. He returned, but Mora doesn't know his availability for practice this week.

"With Dez being somewhat questionable, then Roddy needs to pick it up, and he will," Mora said. "And it kind of seems like it's good timing. His ankle's feeling better. He's got two games under his belt. This could be a good week for him to take off a little bit. He seemed a little more involved, he seemed to get it, so that's a good sign."

Roddy White, drafted 27th overall in April, and Jenkins, whom the Falcons traded up to pick at No. 29 overall last year, might be on the cusp of adding a deep-threat dimension that Atlanta has missed the last two years.

"Roddy is a guy that can make some big plays for us down the field," Mora said. "I believe Jenks can make some big plays ... but at least he's getting open down there."

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