Atlanta — Former Kansas University football receiver Kerry Meier tonight makes his professional debut against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kickoff for the first preseason game for both teams is 7 p.m., at the Georgia Dome, with a live telecast on channels 5, 13 and 205.
Meier, a fifth-round draft pick, has been working at both outside positions and in the slot. He also figures to play on special teams tonight.
“He's doing some good stuff for us,” wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie told the Atlanta Journal- Constitution. “He’s moved the chains for us. I think he's a good addition. He's fun to work with. He asks a lot of good questions.”
The veterans are pitching in to help Robiskie get Meier and the rest of the young receivers ready.
“It’s just good that as a coach when you are watching two guys and you turn your head on a play and you hear a veteran say, ‘Turn that ball up the field, young man,’’’ Robiskie said. “You don’t have to coach a guy all day, every day. You’ve got your eyes, but you’ve got the veterans watching them, too.”
Meier last month signed a four-year contract worth $1.947 million. He was the 165th player taken in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 224-pound, 23-year-old Meier set career (226) and single-season (102) receiving marks for the Jayhawks.
“I’m just focused on building a solid foundation with my teammates and my coaches,” Meier told the Journal-Constitution. “It’s been great. A lot of hard work and understanding that there is a lot more hard work and long days ahead.”
Former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez also plays for the Falcons.