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WR Roddy White - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 201Born: 11-2-1981College: UABDrafted: Round 1, pick 27

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Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 26, due to an ankle injury, according to head coach Mike Smith.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 24): White is healthy now, and he is well-suited for the short and intermediate level passing attack the Falcons must rely on with a poor offensive line in front of Matt Ryan. He's still a good PPR play in a tough matchup against Arizona this week.

General News (Wed Nov 26): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 13: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Matt Ryan did his part to win the game for Atlanta vs. Cleveland, with 27/43 for 273 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with three sacks taken for -21 yards), but the defense failed in the waning seconds and Cleveland kicked a game-winning field goal with zero seconds left on the clock. As usual, Roddy White (10 targets for 9/96/0 receiving) and Julio Jones (13 for 5/68/1) saw most of Ryans passes, while Devin Hester (six for 4/50/0) also played a key role in the offense last Sunday. The Falcons can move the football through the air, but they can't seem to catch up to the points their defense bleeds week in and week out. The Cardinals' pass D limited Russell Wilson to 17/22 for 169 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with a whopping seven sacks for -42 yards, plus 11 other hits on the quarterback) last weekend, but lost 3-19 despite the good defensive effort - two weeks ago, Matthew Stafford and Detroit didn't manage a single TD at Arizona with 18/30 for 164 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (four sacks taken for -19 yards). During November the Cardinals have played excellent pass defense - they've overcome the early-season woes that placed them at 25th in the NFL averaging 254.6 net passing yards allowed per game as of this week. Ryan has done his part in recent weeks, but he faces a resurgent Arizona pass D that is shutting down quality opponents right now. Advantage, Arizona.

Recent Stats and Projections

10 at TB 0 0 0 6 6 72 1 0
11 at CAR 0 0 0 12 8 75 1 0
12 vs CLE 0 0 0 10 9 96 0 0
13 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
13 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 10 vs TB (6 / 6 / 72 / 1 rec)

This week was one of White's better efforts in a while. He began the game with a quick catch up the seam for nine yards and followed up with a 10-yard gain in the right flat later in this initial drive of the game. He then gained 21 up the seam off a play-action pass to reach the Buccaneers' 15 and set up a touchdown. Ryan overshot White on a deep seam up the left sideline on a third down that might have put White close to 100 yards on the day. Overall, White remains a short and intermediate option and the timing routes at the sideline where he was once unstoppable are no longer a part of the offense either due to the condition of his ankle or the lack of time the offensive line provides.

2014 Week 11 vs CAR (12 / 8 / 75 / 1 rec)

The veteran had another strong day in the box score, catching a touchdown on a crossing route at the goal line and making a number of quick-hitting plays on slants, crosses, and stop routes against zone defenders. White had multiple catches on third down. The first target of the game was inches shy of a first down and forced a punt, and he dropped another third down pass at the right sideline during Matt Ryan scramble. However, White began to convert multiple third downs during his contest and even set up a field goal with a nice catch with 11 seconds left in the half. The best chance for a big play came on a target to White. He ran a stutter-and-go and earned separation up the left sideline, but the spinning, diving catch on this back-shoulder target bounced off White's hands. This is the first play of high difficulty of this nature that I've seen thrown to White since 2012, and it was a play that he used to make as a matter of routine. When teams are unable to run an expanded offensive game plan with these types of targets, the rust can show.

2014 Week 12 vs CLE (10 / 9 / 96 / 0 rec)

The veteran told the broadcast team that the tweaked hamstring from Week 2 limited him until a couple of weeks ago. The type of targets White is earning in recent weeks is an indication that what he relayed was true. Earlier in the year he was earning a lot of seam routes, stop routes, and crossers. White's first target was a comeback at the right seam that Buster Skrine broke up with a hit. The next target was a 20-yard gain on a third-down dig route where he had to make a diving grab on a throw placed low and away just ahead of the Browns' safety. White also earned 32 yards on an adjustment to the middle zone off a Matt Ryan scramble, which was his first catch of at least 25 yards in length since Week 1. White came close to scoring with a crossing route that he extended to the Cleveland 1, which set up Steven Jackson's fourth quarter plunge. He also bailed out Ryan with a diving catch in the same quarter off a hit to Ryan's chest that bent the quarterback in half. White is seeing more outs and comebacks that were once a staple of the Falcons' precision passing game. This is a good development for both White and Matt Ryan, especially with the offensive line still limiting the vertical game.


Latest News

Falcons | Roddy White misses practice (Thu Nov 27, 03:11 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

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Falcons | Roddy White not practicing (Thu Nov 27, 11:25 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

Our View: Fantasy owners take note. White will need to participate fully on Friday if he's going to play on Sunday. If he plays, White is just a WR3/flex option against the Cardinals in Week 13.
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Falcons | Roddy White has an ankle injury (Wed Nov 26, 03:02 PM) - Updating a previous report, Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (ankle) missed practice Wednesday, Nov. 26, due to an ankle injury, according to head coach Mike Smith.

Our View: Check back to make sure the veteran resumes practice later in the week.
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Falcons | Roddy White not practicing (Wed Nov 26, 01:08 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Our View: Several veterans get a day of rest on Wednesday. This could be just that.
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Falcons | Roddy White reaches milestone (Sun Nov 16, 06:10 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Roddy White posted eight receptions for a team-high 75 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Carolina Panthers. In the game, he went over 10,000 yards for his career.

Our View: White is doing well as the Falcons offensive line isn't really giving Matt Ryan enough time to throw longer balls to Julio Jones because they take more time to develop. He's looking like a very solid WR2 play against Cleveland next week.
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