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Adam Jennings Lost Punt Return Job In Eagles Game

If you're like me, you were wondering what happened to Adam Jennings on Sunday. Some of you may have thought that I followed through on my angry promises and abducted him, keeping him in a comfortable yet heavily-guarded condo at the base of a volcano. Luckily, I didn't have to do that much work.

It seems that the coaching staff had given Jennings a very long leash, and even after evaluating the return game during the bye week the team somehow decided he was still an option to return. His bizarre attempt to get a hand on the Eagles punt that led to a demoralizing penalty must have cost him his job, because he was inactive against the Raiders. Here's what Mike Smith had to say, according to the AJC:

“We made a change,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said. “Anytime you make a change, you go through an evaluation process. We felt like for us and where we are at right now that we needed to make that change.”

This raises the obvious question of who is taking over the job long-term. Jennings himself is no lock to still have a roster spot a couple weeks out, not when the Falcons could probably grab a guy off the scrap heap who could contribute more value as a pure receiver. For now, it looks like lightning-fast rookie Harry Douglas will assume the duties. He's the obvious and probably best choice, but if he should ever emerge as a key cog of the offense they'll have to look elsewhere.

I'm happy with the change to Douglas, and I'm happy that my only major gripe with this coaching staff has finally been resolved. Best of luck to Adam Jennings wherever he goes, but may the deity of your choice keep him from ever returning for the Falcons again.