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Since arriving in Atlanta in a three-team trade that took place late in the preseason, Lelie has been relatively quiet--seven receptions (albeit for 136 yards) and no TDs. But with Roddy White slowed by minor injuries, Lelie could help balance an offense that leads the NFL in rushing, yet ranks at the bottom of the league in receptions and receiving yards. Those aerial numbers could improve dramatically after the Falcons are through with the Giants, who have an overmatched secondary that in four games has allowed an average of 238 yards, as well as 12 receptions of 20 or more yards and eight TDs. Coming off a bye, Atlanta will likely have more big plays designed for Lelie, who led the league with 18.3 yards per catch last year. Among his '05 efforts was a five-catch, 64-yard day against the Giants. In this return engagement, look for Lelie to succeed in getting deep.
IS HE FOR REAL?
Herron wasn't expecting to get a lot of carries on Sunday against the Rams, but when Vernand Morency, who started in place of the injured Ahman Green, fumbled twice, in went the barely used Herron. He responded by rushing for a career-high 106 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries. Still, after the game coach Mike McCarthy gave no indication that he'd reshuffle the depth chart, and even Herron said, "Obviously, Ahman is the guy." The Packers have a bye this Sunday, which gives Green two weeks to heal his hamstrings and reclaim his starting spot.