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Peria Jerry | Defensive Lineman | #97

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (33) / 8/23/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 295
College: Mississippi
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (24) / ATL

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Falcons DT Peria Jerry is retiring from football.
The No. 24 overall pick of the 2009 draft, Jerry hangs up his cleats as a bust. He was competing for a reserve role in Falcons camp. Jerry is actually coming off a career year, but his "career year" constituted just 3.5 sacks across 14 starts. Jerry retires the owner of only 5.5 quarterback takedowns across 64 games. He turns 30 next month. Thu, Jul 31, 2014 03:11:00 PM

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Falcons re-signed DT Peria Jerry.

Jerry, the No. 24 overall pick out of Ole Miss in 2009, started 14 games last season and recorded 33 tackles and 3.5 sacks. All were easily career-highs, though they're nothing to write home about. Jerry will compete for a backup job.
Wed, Mar 19, 2014 06:03:00 PM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports free agent DT Peria Jerry is likely to reach the open market.

Jerry's agent said, "There’s nothing going on." The former first-round pick has been plagued by injuries and ineffectiveness over his five-year career. He is unlikely to command much guaranteed money in free agency.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 10:52:00 AM

Free agent DT Peria Jerry suffered a PCL sprain in Atlanta's season finale.

It's just a 4-6 week recovery, but a reminder of Jerry's checkered injury history, which in addition to his on-field ineffectiveness will limit Jerry's market appeal. The 24th pick in the 2009 draft, Jerry never came close to meeting expectations with the Falcons, registering 5.5 sacks across five seasons. He's unlikely to command much guaranteed money in free agency.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry (quad) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Jerry didn't practice all week. The Falcons are listing him, Asante Samuel (shoulder) and Sean Weatherspoon (ankle) as game-time decisions. Samuel and Weatherspoon returned to practice on a limited basis Friday. If Jerry is ruled out, Corey Peters will replace him in the starting lineup.
Sat, Nov 24, 2012 07:14:00 PM

An MRI of Falcons DT Peria Jerry's knee revealed no ligament damage.

He's expected to resume practicing before the end of the week. He should be ready to roll against the Saints on Sunday.
Mon, Nov 5, 2012 02:49:00 PM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry was forced from Atlanta's Week 9 game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, and will not return.

Jerry departed just before halftime. A full-time starter for the first time since being the No. 24 pick of the 2009 draft, Jerry has graded out as one of Pro Football Focus' worst defensive tackles through eight weeks.
Sun, Nov 4, 2012 09:46:00 PM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry believes he's turned a corner after battling early-career knee problems.

The 24th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Jerry "tore just about everything" in his knee as a rookie and hasn't been the same since. It should be noted that there were also positive 2011 training camp reports on Jerry. He went on to go sack-less with 10 tackles in 16 games. Jerry will remain a backup in 2012.
Wed, Aug 1, 2012 12:01:00 PM

According to's Pat Yasinskas, Falcons DT Peria Jerry "tore just about everything in his knee" early in his rookie season.

There were conflicting reports throughout 2009-2010, largely because the cryptic Falcons refused to comment on the injury. Jerry was still limping eight months after the surgery, and the 24th pick in the 2009 draft hasn't been the same since. Coach Mike Smith insists the Falcons remain "committed" to Jerry, who played 30 percent of the snaps last season.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 08:39:00 AM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry (knee) has been "flying around the field" early in camp.

After shedding the knee brace he wore all of last season, the 2009 first-rounder is playing with a renewed confidence. The Falcons have gotten nothing out of Jerry to date, but it sounds like he's ready to push Corey Peters out of a starting job as more of penetrating force inside.
Sun, Aug 7, 2011 01:30:00 PM

Coach Mike Smith has "no doubt" that Peria Jerry can still be disruptive force at defensive tackle.

The Falcons have gotten very little return on their first-round investment, bringing Jerry along slowly as a situational player in 2010. Smith insists Jerry was "penetrating and getting into the backfield and creating tackles for losses" by the end of the season. While it's too early to label Jerry a bust, it's critical that he develops into a starter this year.
Fri, Mar 4, 2011 09:02:00 AM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry is still not over his 2009 ACL tear entering Week 16 of the 2010 season.

"He's still not quite there," DL coach Ray Hamilton said. "But he is getting better. He's gotten better over the last couple of weeks. He's getting there." Jerry has only been a situational player this season, playing primarily on passing downs, getting about 18-20 snaps per game. The 2009 first-round pick has seven tackles and one sack through 14 appearances.
Fri, Dec 24, 2010 07:45:00 PM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry made his 2010 preseason debut Friday against the Dolphins.

Jerry, who lined up against younger brother LG John Jerry, tallied a QB hit and a tackle. The team had to have loved what Jerry did Friday, but will look to ease him back into the lineup before turning him loose for good.
Sat, Aug 28, 2010 08:57:00 AM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry (leg) will make his 2010 preseason debut Friday at Miami.

Perry is expected to start, but coach Mike Smith cautioned that he's not back to pre-injury form just yet. "It'll be an opportunity for us to evaluate what Peria is," said Smith. Jerry still seems unlikely to be an impact player early in the season.
Thu, Aug 26, 2010 09:39:00 AM

Falcons DT Peria Jerry (leg) is expected to graduate from individual drills to full participation in next week's practices.

"I don’t believe there is any concern about him being ready for the regular season," coach Mike Smith said. The Falcons hope to see him in game action by the end of the exhibition season. At this point, he seems unlikely to have a major impact in the first few games of the season.
Tue, Aug 10, 2010 01:17:00 PM

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