Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  By JOHN MANASSO  |  Last updated 9/20/13

ATLANTA - SEPTEMBER 20: Peria Jerry #94 of the Atlanta Falcons lays on the field after being injured against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 20, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Its not terribly uncommon in the NFL for brothers to compete against each other on opposite teams, but when it does happen as in last weeksManning Bowl so often it often seems the brothers happen to play on the same side of the ball. That also was the case in 2010 when Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux played against Seattle when his brother Jordan, a safety, wasa member of the Seahawks. But actually having to block your brother or to beat him to make a tackle thats a bit rarer. Its also exactly what will happen on Sundayfor the first time in a regular season game between brothers John Jerry of Miami, an offensive right guard, and Peria Jerry of the Falcons, a defensive tackle. Overall, its kind of odd going against your brother because, you know, youre invading a mans space and you dont like to give up your space,Peria said. Its going to be kind of odd. Peria,29, a first-round pick of Atlanta in 2009, is two years older than John, a third-round pick in 2010. Both went to Ole Miss. Peria wasrecruited by head coach David Cutcliffe, currently Dukes coach. However, Peria was mostly coached by Ed Orgeron, who recruited John, who arrived also as a defensive player. (Peria said he had nothing to do with his brothers decision to play for the Rebels.) But when Orgerons staff moved John to offense, it was as a tackle. Consequently, Peria said that he didnt practice much against his brother. Mostly, he said, he practiced against the teams guards. So we never really faced each other until this right here, Peria said. John and Peria are the youngest of seven siblings. Peria has one sister and his older brothers played other sports but none have enjoyed asmuch success as the youngest have. We had to stick together, Peria said. It was never just a battle between us because we were battling the older ones. But now it is a battle between them a battle for the line of scrimmage that will help to determine whether Miami remains unbeaten or the Falconscan improve to 2-1. Im sure theyve had lots of battles, growing up, Falcons head coach Mike Smith said. Im sure that if you talk to Perias brother down inMiami, hes won the majority of them. Im sure if you ask Peria here, hes won them. It is an interesting dynamic. Itll be fun to watch those guys go out and compete. Selected 24thoverall in 09, Peria was expected to be a disruptive force for the Falcons interior line. However, he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game of his career and it has taken him years to get back to the form that Falcons once expected of him. Over the next three seasons, he started just 13 of the 46 games in which he played. Early on in 2013, the indications are positive. He registereda sack in Week 1, just the third of his career. Hes improving quite a bit, Atlanta defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, in his second season, said on the Tuesday before the season started.When I got here, I watched a lot of tape of the guys. P.J. was one of the players we were hoping to get more out of. Obviously, he was coming off the knee. They talked about it lot here among the other coaches, as far as coming along slowly because of theknee, but he has played well the last year and he has played well this preseason. He has done a real good job. Hopefully, he continues to get better because he really he has. Hes better now than he was during the season last year. On Sunday, he will yield 50 pounds to his younger brother, who goes 345. There are a lot of things I learned from Peria, John Jerry was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. I caught on pretty fast ... and outgrewhim pretty fast. With the game in South Florida, Peria said he would let his brother handle the ticket requests. Man, I dont think theyre going for nobody in this one, Peria said of his family. Theyre coming to have fun.
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