FLOWERY BRANCH, GA - The Atlanta Falcons have released defensive end Jamaal Anderson and receiver Michael Jenkins.
The Falcons announced the moves Friday, the opening day of training camp. By cutting the former first-round draft picks, the team clears $7.8 million under the salary cap.
Anderson was the eighth overall pick by Atlanta in 2007 but never developed into a pass-rushing force. He had only 3.5 sacks in four seasons.
Jenkins was drafted 29th overall by the Falcons in 2004. He spent most of his career as a starter but became expendable when Atlanta traded up to draft Julio Jones this year.
Last season, Jenkins had 41 receptions for 505 yards and two touchdowns.