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Week 1 vs. PIT
Receiving: 13 / 111 / 0 on 23 targets
Until the play that won the game, White was the offensive star of an otherwise slow and low-scoring contest. The 23 (!) targets he received is NOT a typo. White had so many targets and this team has so few other options at the position that he's the only WR worth recapping. This was like a game of Madden where someone finds one play to one player that continually works and goes to that well as often as they can. White was constantly open, and Ryan was constantly finding him.
As mentioned above, the Steelers didn't blanket him, didn't double team him very often, and didn't even put their best cornerback (Ike Taylor) on him --- opting to let Bryant McFadden guard him instead. This was similar to the treatment that the pre-Pau Gasol LA Lakers would get when teams would let Kobe Bryant get his 35 points and strive to shut down the other four players on the court. When the other pass-catching WR options are Harry Douglas and Eric Weems, this type of defense, while not recommended, can obviously work.
White averaged less than 10 yards per catch, which might concern the average box score reader because it would appear that the Falcons didn't try to attack deep with him. This should not be a sign of things to come, though, as the Steelers pass rush simply wouldn't allow Ryan to hold on to the ball long enough to get White deep. While the outlook for White to have a monster year looks good, don't look for it to be 23 targets type of "monster." Not many other teams will take their chances and let him have this much of an impact on the game like the Steelers did. Despite both leagues' insistence that offenses reign supreme, even the best players at their position can be schemed against in the NFL.
Week 2 vs. ARI
Receiving: 7 / 78 / 1 on 12 targets
The Ryan-White combo is clicking at full steam. After an insane number of targets in week 1, the targets came down a bit for White in week 2, although he made up for it with his first TD of the year. But as with Ryan, his targets and receptions decreased because the game was over at the half, and the Falcons rarely passed in the 2nd half. White is a high end number 1 WR that right now is only challenged by Andre Johnson and Miles Austin in the race for number 1. I do expect teams to begin to try and gameplan for White a little more heavily, based on the heavy number of targets he's been receiving, but the Falcons do a great job of getting him the ball week after week.
Week 3 vs. NO
Receiving: 5 / 69 / 1 on 6 targets
Saints cornerback Jabari Greer did an excellent job covering White for most of the day, effectively taking him out of the game until the 4th quarter. White had Malcolm Jenkins to thank for his 22-yard touchdown catch as the Saints cornerback failed to assist Greer and cover the deep throw on his side of the field. White also pulled in and retained possession on a 24-yard catch in the fourth quarter despite being blanketed by Greer throughout the route and getting labeled by Jenkins after the reception. It says a lot about White's skill set as a receiver that he could have such a respectable performance despite essentially being locked down the entire game. One of the best receivers in the game, hands down.
Week 4 vs. SF
Receiving: 7 / 104 / 0 on 9 targets
Roddy White's first involvement in this game came on a brilliant 20 yard catch down the seam where Ryan had to trust White to make the grab due to the immense pressure Ryan was under at the time. White was held down for most of the game, but came up big in the fourth quarter. White's most important play was chasing down CB Nate Clements after Matt Ryan threw an interception and stripping the ball away. The Falcons recovered it, and had they not; the 49ers would have won this game. His best catch of the night was also saved for clutch time, as he made a magnificent catch over his left shoulder going out of bounds, tapping his toes in and securing the ball all in one, fluid motion. That play got the Falcons into field goal range and was a key play in their win. Ryan couldn't get the ball to White for most of the game as he was well covered, but in the fourth quarter when the Falcons needed to move the ball quickly, White got the call.
Week 5 vs. CLE
Receiving: 5 / 101 / 1 on 8 targets
Roddy White got so open at times that you have to wonder if Cleveland just forgot to account for him in coverage. White got behind Sheldon Brown on his play action fake long TD catch, and on three of his other four catches there was not a defender within five yards of him. Of course, on all of those catches, Matt Ryan had plenty of time to survey the field and wait for something to come open, but just a few lapses by the Browns secondary was all it took for White to have a very nice fantasy day.
Week 6 vs. PHI
Receiving: 6 / 83 / 0 on 11 targets
Atlanta's top wide receiver had 11 targets against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 6, good enough to tie for the team lead (with Michael Jenkins) in chances. White converted six of them for 83 total yards but only his final catch late in the contest went for over 20 yards as the Eagles kept White in check for most of the game. Philadelphia covered White well with CB Asante Samuel and even double coverage at times, forcing QB Matt Ryan to look elsewhere.
Week 7 vs. CIN
Receiving: 11 / 201 / 2 on 11 targets
Roddy White is the best receiver that people don't talk about enough. White put on a show for the fans on Sunday, making every sort of catch that a wide receiver should make. He was a human highlight reel throughout. White's ridiculously impressive day started with a gain of 46 on a simple shallow cross. White made a circus catch along the sideline for 23 yards, and even CB Adam Jones, who he beat on the play, couldn't help but smile at the rare athleticism that White showed. His touchdown on the deep crossing route was a thing of beauty as he showed his amazing speed to get away from the defender. Although he double caught the pass, he made the play in spectacular fashion. You just can't say enough for how good a player Roddy White is.
Week 9 vs. TB
Rushing: 1 / 3 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 49 / 0 on 6 targets
Roddy White was targeted six times and finished with four receptions for 49 yards, and added a three yard rush. White owners received a little scare when he left the game with a knee injury, but he was able to return to the game and play it out, but owners should keep an eye on any news regarding White this week.
Week 10 vs. BAL
Receiving: 12 / 138 / 2 on 17 targets
Roddy White was sensational against the Ravens in catching two touchdowns and making a number of amazing catches. White also had the game winning touchdown on a play where he appeared to push down the Ravens defender, leaving him wide open for the long score. His other touchdown came on a pass to the right side of the endzone that he caught falling out of bounds for the Falcons second touchdown of the game. Despite being double-covered most of the game, Roddy White was able to be a game changer and helped Matt Ryan have his best game as a professional quarterback to date.
Week 11 vs. STL
Receiving: 9 / 83 / 0 on 11 targets
White is a PPR dream receiver this season, as Matt Ryan has focused on him all year long. This game was no different as White worked the short passing game and Ryan hit him 9 times. White wasn't able to break free for any long gains or TD's, but his ability to move the chains show why he is the total package at WR. So far this year, he really hasn't had a poor game, and that is a testament to both White's ability to get open and Ryan's ability to find him and get him the ball. He had a big play on 3rd and 14 in the first quarter in which he took the pass, raced forward for the first down and dove ahead to pick up extra yardage. He also found the endzone in a 2-point conversion late in the game to seal things for the Falcons.
Week 12 vs. GB
Receiving: 5 / 49 / 0 on 7 targets
Roddy White didn't make any explosive plays in this game, but played well as more of a pitch and catch receiver for Ryan as the Packers took away the deep pass. White is a technician at the wide receiver position and ran out routes and hitches perfectly in this one to keep the Falcons offense moving. White had a rare down day, but there are bigger days ahead should the Falcons keep this level of play up.
Week 13 vs. TB
Receiving: 7 / 74 / 0 on 16 targets
White was priority number one in the passing game once again, as he finished with 16 targets. And while he did make some plays, he only came down with seven receptions for 74 yards and no scores. He got into verbal altercations numerous times with Tampa Bay defenders and was playing with some fire, but at times it was too much fire and it seemed to affect his play.
Week 14 vs. CAR
Receiving: 8 / 79 / 0 on 14 targets
Roddy White provided the sure target Matt Ryan is used to, always coming back to his quarterback when he needed to. White ran wonderful routes, waiting until the defensive back had his hips turned and committed to a deep pass before throttling down and turning. One comeback route to the right sideline in particular couldn't have been better timed between quarterback and receiver. White made a nice catch on an in cut over the middle when he had to go down low to reel in the pass, showing off his vast catch radius.
Week 15 vs. SEA
Receiving: 7 / 65 / 1 on 13 targets
White was Ryan's usual go to guy on third down when the Falcons needed a play to keep the drive alive. White has an uncanny relationship with Ryan in this timing based offense, as Ryan often throws the ball to a spot before White has even cut off his route. White really is invaluable on third down and kept the chains moving despite the defenses trying to take him away. White scored his touchdown as Ryan rolled out of the pocket, creating a small gap to throw into for the well - executed score. White's workload was not heavy, but it did not need to be as Atlanta had the lead for most of the game and leaned heavily on the run.
Week 16 vs. NO
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 1 on 5 targets
White caught a nice slant route TD in the 2nd quarter and was later pulled down in the end zone on what would have been a TD. Despite some strong coverage by the Saints secondary, White still found a way to make an impact. He is nearly unstoppable right now as one of the game's best players.
Week 17 vs. CAR
Receiving: 6 / 62 / 1 on 8 targets
White didn't get a lot of looks early on, as Matt Ryan spread the ball out well. In the end, he got his catches along with a score and left the game after three quarters. He ran mostly shorter routes, working hard for first down yardage, and was a favourite target of Ryan in the end zone. His touchdown was a bit of an oddity, as he went out of bounds at the goal line, but held the ball just far enough over the plane to get the touchdown call.
Week 19 vs. GB
Receiving: 6 / 57 / 1 on 10 targets
White scored on a goalline situation, with a nice move on a slant pass for a touchdown late in the game. He also had a few big first down receptions early in the game. However, White hasn't gotten open deep for awhile, and you have to wonder if his knee is giving him problems or if he's just receiving too much attention from the defense? Roddy's inability to get open long, just makes this offense incredibly easy to defend, and the Packers did a good job of forcing Ryan into mistakes.