WR Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons
|6-1, 201||Born: 11-2-1981||College: UAB||Drafted: Round 1, pick 27|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): It's hard to trust White's first good stat line of the season as a true bounceback because it came in garbage time, and the Falcons offense is still in shambles. There's hope for White to return to form to an extent, but expectations for the entire Falcons offense need to be dialed down.
Week 8: vs Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. The Falcons' offensive line is in ruins as of Week 8 - Matt Ryan was sacked five times last Sunday as the team's offensive line continues to struggle with injuries and poor play. Falcons C Peter Konz suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 7. Konz was placed on Reserve/Injured Monday, October 20 and is out for the year. Konz was the team's second-string center as starter Joe Hawley was lost for the year in Week 4. Now, the Falcons will be turning to undrafted free agent James Stone as their starting center. 'We had way too much pressure,' head coach Mike Smith said on Monday, October 20. 'Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didn't have a chance to get the play off, and that's very difficult for a quarterback, and we have to do better with our protection.' The Lions are tied for third in the NFL with 21 sacks this season, and have hit opposing quarterbacks with regularity even when they aren't sacking them. Ryan's likely to have a long day when the Lions come to dance at Wembley Stadium in London this weekend. As the pressure on Ryan has increased, his success as a passer has decreased drastically. Once the NFL's top-ranked passing attack, the Falcons eked out 29/44 for 228 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions with five sacks taken for -42 yards last weekend. Two games back, Ryan threw 19/37 for 271 yards passing, one TD and one interception while taking four sacks for -26 yards. Julio Jones has cooled off considerably of late, with a healthy 20 targets over the last two games, but just 9/124/0 receiving to show for them - Roddy White has seen 21 for 12/140/1 while tight end Levine Toilolo has been the third-highest in targets over the last two weeks, with 11 for 5/54/0 to his credit - Toilolo has dropped several catchable balls. Antone Smith (six for 6/63/1), Devonta Freeman (eight for 7/43/0) and Devin Hester (six for 4/51/0) have chipped in around the edges - Harry Douglas has been sidelined by a foot ailment for weeks now. The Lions are #1 in the NFL in terms of total defense, averaging 290.3 yards allowed per game, and they are second in the NFL in terms of total points allowed, just one point behind Baltimore, at 105 given up by Detroit. Detroit ranks seventh in the NFL averaging 216.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up balanced by eight interceptions (tied for third in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied-third) generated to date. Drew Brees had a surprising amount of success against the Lions last week (28/45 for 335 net yards, two TDs with one interception thrown, with one sack taken for -7 yards), but he lost the game due to the crucial interception late in the contest. Teddy Bridgewater was crushed by the Lions two weeks back (23/37 for 143 net yards, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown, with eight sacks for -42 yards taken). The Saints' numbers look like an aberration and not the beginning of a trend for this excellent unit. Advantage, Detroit.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 5 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Falcons receiver should have had a better game. He began with a quick grab at the right sideline for four yards to put Atlanta inside the Giants' red zone - the 700th catch of his career. White later gained 22 yards on a skinny post off a short drop featuring play action - a signature play in Atlanta for the past few years. These two grabs where the only two catches White had for the day. He dropped a slant at the goal line against cornerback Prince Amukamara. The coverage was tight and Ryan placed the ball at White's back shoulder when it appeared the receiver was anticipating the location to arrive in stride. Amukamara has played well all year and White drew the Giants' top corner because Jones was a better draw for the more athletic Dominique Rodgers- Cromartie.
2014 Week 6 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
The veteran receiver isn't earning the same types of targets he used to see in 2012. The skinny post off play action is fast growing into the target of choice to Julio Jones and White isn't seeing targets on deep outs and comebackers this season. One reason is the Atlanta offensive line that simply cannot supply the amount of time needed for Ryan to make these throws. White did get a first down on a curl on 3rd and 2 in the third series and he late had a 24-yard gain on a quick slant in the middle of the fourth quarter. However, White's overall performance was not productive. He dropped a pass that would have gone for a gain of 20-25 yards because of a helmet-to-helmet hit by defensive back Ryan Mundy that the officials decided not to assess as a penalty. White also nullified a strong gain from Julio Jones on a reverse due to a holding penalty. The only other notable play was a seven-yard gain on a play-action drag route during the third quarter.
2014 Week 7 vs BAL (15 / 9 / 100 / 1 rec)
White had a solid day in garbage time despite a rough start in the first quarter. He dropped a quick hitch thrown a little low on the opening play of the game. Ryan later rushed an out route low and away on 3rd and 3 and White had to make a diving attempt at the sideline and could not come up with the ball. Ryan completed his first pass to White on a 2nd and 2 in the fourth series for a first down on a short out. White later earned a catch for six yards up the seam on a quick throw on 3rd and 2 in the fifth series. In the third quarter, Ryan delivered a pass that was longer than 10 yards from the line of scrimmage when he hit White on an intermediate cross in the third quarter for 23 yards. Then Atlanta used White and Jones on a scissors release (crisscrossing off the line) and White caught the skinny post to convert a third down where Ryan placed the ball over the cornerback. However, the offensive line continued to be an issue and forced Ryan to throw the ball off-target. He placed the ball behind White on an intermediate cross that was nearly intercepted. White built on his numbers in garbage time when the Baltimore defense stopped sitting on routes. White's touchdown was a back shoulder fade in the right corner of the end zone where he out-muscled the defensive back for the score. As long as Atlanta's offensive line remains porous, the Atlanta passing game's down field opportunities will remain limited.
Latest NewsFalcons | Roddy White looking to play better (Thu Oct 16, 03:00 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White said he knows has been off to a slow start this season and will try to improve his play. 'I've gotten off to a really slow start,' White said. 'Not one of my favorable years that I'm having. But I've got to turn my game around for our team to start playing better. I'm a leader on this team, and I haven't been going out there and playing like Roddy White football. I've got to get back to just being myself - go out there and just cut it loose - and whatever happens, happens.' White has dropped three passes on 39 targets this season, which is tied for fourth most among receivers. Our View: White's age may have become a factor, and he's no more than a WR3/flex these days, though it's not all his fault. The offense and defense have both struggled over the season and White's struggles may just highlight that as much as it does his age.
link to story Falcons | Roddy White leaves briefly (Sun Oct 12, 05:24 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (head) appeared to suffered an apparent head injury in the second quarter of the Week 6 game against the Chicago Bears, but no foul was called. The training staff is working on him on the sidelines, and he was able to return after a brief absence.
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