WR Roddy White - Free Agent
|6-1, 201||Born: 11-2-1981||College: UAB||Drafted: Round 1, pick 27|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 17 vs NO (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The veteran got open up the right flat, but he was overthrown late in the half and a connection had a favorable shot of becoming a scoring play. White caught a third down rollout to the right for 10 yards to reach the Saints 21 with 1:40 in the half. He also dropped a deep cross up the sideline on 2nd and 8 early in the second half on a perfect throw that also could have resulted in a scoring play. White's age is catching up with him. The multiple ankle injuries have taken away White's abilities to come to sudden stops, maintain his balance during his acceleration phase of route running, and the pinpoint change of direction. These skills made him one of the best route runners in the league who could beat man coverage and bracket coverage at will on timing routes with Matt Ryan. Now White is restricted to zone routes and he's not consistently reaching the ball or catching it when he does.
2015 Week 16 vs CAR (6 / 5 / 67 / 0 rec)
White earned a lot of targets early against Carolina's zone coverage, but not before White dropped a curl route against man where he stumbled through his stem that hindered his ability to reach the ball on the break without a dramatic adjustment that forced White to drop the ball. After that rough start, White and Ryan connected repeatedly on routes where he faced outside shade from corners and open creases in side. The windows weren't always wide open, but White skill has the skill to catch the ball in tight coverage. He earned six on a slant route in tight coverage with near-joint possession with the defender on the same opening drive and then another catch near the left hash for a first down near mid-field. Late, White got into Carolina territory on a skinny post for a first down during the second half and a back-shoulder catch on a dig route in tight coverage. Altanta still needs to address its receiving corps during the offseason, but this year has proven that White can still offer value in the slot against zone coverage.
2015 Week 15 vs JAX (4 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Atlanta reached midfield with White on an intermediate crossing route on the second play of the game for a 16-yard gain. White also adjusted with Ryan on a scramble, working up the left sideline, but Ryan overthrew the receiver by a step. This play could have gone for a long gain of 30-40 yards, maybe a score. White once again committed holding on a run play in this game. This time it nullified an 11-yard gain at midfield. White's most meaningful play was a slant for 14 in the early fourth quarter, beating rookie corner Nick Marshall easily on a basic release move. White's production remains capped at 3-5 catches that lack fantasy impact.
2015 Week 14 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
White is another player that defenses aren't afraid of and they are alright with giving up targets between the 20s if necessary. White caught a shallow cross as the first read on 3rd and 6 for a short gain well shy of the marker while down 21-0 in the second quarter. Atlanta went for it up the right seam on a fourth-down attempt and White made the play near his back shoulder for the first down under the safety. Ryan then overshot an intermediate cross to White on the second series of the second quarter. Two plays later, Ryan hit White on a short in-cut for 14 yards. With Julio Jones not in the game in the fourth quarter on a fourth-down pass inside the Carolina six, Ryan's pass to White was a yard shy of the goal line. Justin Hardy: The rookie made a one-handed catch on a wide throw on a crossing route to earn a first down during the third series. The only other target he earned was an intermediate cross where he couldn't outrun Luke Kuechly's drop and the linebacker undercut the route for an interception. Until Hardy can demonstrate skill to win against defensive backs on-on-one, his good hands aren't enough for him to become a fantasy option.
2015 Week 13 vs TB (4 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
It's fascinating to note that there have been three games where White has committed a penalty in the run game and within two plays of the penalty that nullified a nice run White would earn his first target. This time it happened in the second half after he held on a Freeman run of 10 yards and two plays later he got open over the middle up the right seam for a 21-yard reception. He had two more reception and was a minor, but timely factor in moving the chains on meaningful drives. Justin Hardy: The rookie hasn't earned many targets against tight man coverage or even tight zone, but his first target came on a slant from the slot against Alterraun Verner. The ball was on-time but Hardy dropped the pass and forced a punt. His caught two crosses against open zones later in this game: a six-yard reception for an 11-yard gain during the second series and then a 23-yard gain on 3rd and 11 later in the contest. Until he can prove he can beat tight coverage, he's not a consistent fantasy factor.
2015 Week 12 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec)
The veteran earned looks from the slot against 37-year-old Terrance Newman and those targets came on deeper routes than previously seen this season. There was a third down hook to White in right seam for the first down with 3:00 left in the half. After Ryan led White a bit too far over the middle on 2nd and 5 from the slot after the two-minute warning, Ryan went to White on the next play with a route over the middle for the first down. There was another crossing route for a 20-yard gain to White off boot action versus Newman and some garbage time opportunities. The fact that White's 60 yards was a notable development should tell you that Atlanta's passing offense has struggled since October.
2015 Week 11 vs IND (9 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Off Paul Worrilow interception on the second offensive play of the game, Atlanta earned the ball at the Indy 35 an began with a short hook in tight coverage to Roddy White, who failed to get separation and had the pass knocked away. White caught the short flat route to the opposite side for five yards on the next play. Then he failed to get separation on the next route, a short out on 3rd and 5, leading to a long field goal attempt. Ryan climbed the pocket on 3rd and 11 and found White on a cross late in the route at the back shoulder and White split two defenders to fall across the first down marker to keep the third series alive. Ryan later led White too high and far on a play-action slant on 2nd and goal against Vontae Davis but White was well-covered and Ryan was cautious with the placement. Later White made a diving catch on short route breaking out at the right sideline for four yards. Once upon a time, White and Ryan could connect on intermediate timing routes with minimal separation, but today was more evidence that White could not earn meaningful separation on short routes.
2015 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
White gained 20 on an inside seam route in middle of the fourth quarter after dropping an out at the left sideline against tight coverage on 3rd down. Ryan placed the ball high and just above the cornerback who had great position on the ball. Tough target, but should have been caught. White isn't seeing enough targets to make these kinds of high-difficulty plays with consistency.
2015 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
The veteran's first catch didn't come until the fourth quarter--a 19-yard gain on a slant that he broke up the middle against soft coverage outside. He also earned five yards in overtime on a short catch against tight coverage in the right flat. He's not earning separation unless it's a set play with misdirection to a side that would free most any receiver based on strategic execution and not athletic ability.
2015 Week 7 vs TEN (4 / 3 / 48 / 0 rec)
White's most notable play today was a block in the back that nullified a 41-yard run by Devonta Freeman. He followed up with a 15-yard gain on a tipped pass to make up for most of the penalty yardage on the next play. He also gained 17 yards on a play action shotgun pass during the third series. He also took a check-down for 14 yards up the left sideline during the third quarter. None of these routes are game-changing targets. He's a middle of the field, zone option that will move the chains. Any future big plays will come from strategy and precision rather than athleticism, which should dissuade fantasy owners from counting on him.
2015 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
The veteran earned a touchdown on a crossing route to the left corner on a slower developing play action pass. White continues to earn targets on shorter routes with 15-yard digs as the higher range of that spectrum. He always has a puncher's chance to earn a red zone target due to the strength of the ground game and Matt Ryan's prowess with pre-snap adjustments at the line where White will be more effective in compressed space than he will with routes where quickness and long speed is a greater factor.
2015 Week 5 vs WAS (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
White's first target came with 12:03 in the third quarter despite seeing the field throughout the first half. The first target was an out route and the cornerback Breeland earned a good break to defend from trail position, which he did on multiple receivers in this game. White drew a pass interference on a bad throw by Ryan in the early fourth to earn Atlanta a first down, which led to the Falcons running the ball. White's first catch was a backside slant to reach the Washington 15 with 10:44 left where he was wide open. The most meaningful catch was a fourth-down slant for eight yards after a touchdown reception to Devonta Freeman was reversed the play before. This set up a Freeman touchdown run late in the game. However, the worst play for Atlanta also involved White: Matt Ryan bird-dogged the receiver on a deep drag route with Breeland once again trailing and undercutting the ball. White is slower than he once was, but this was a poor throw from Ryan and with 6:00 left, Washington was able to send this play into overtime. White is a middle-of-the-field, check-down or red zone matchup threat against certain safeties or linebackers, but he's no longer a massive factor in the passing game on a weekly basis.
2015 Week 4 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
White's targets included a short out of four yards on 3rd and 5 during the second series and a seam route of 14 to get Atlanta to mid-field, but the officials nullified due to White pushing off the slot defender. Other than another four-yard gain on 2nd and 9 during the mid-second quarter, White was a non-factor.
2015 Week 3 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Ryan underthrew a third and goal drag route to White in the end zone, but Dallas corner Mo Claiborne was called for holding Julio Jones on the play and gave Atlanta a second life. Ryan later hit White on crossing route on a designed play action roll for first down, but an illegal man downfield nullified the play. This was the extent of White's work. Beyond Jones and Freeman, there was little variety to the personnel used more than once in the passing offense.
2015 Week 1 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 84 / 0 rec)
White looks healthy, but a step slower than what he was at the peak of his career. No longer are the Falcons targeting him routinely on timing routes requiring hard cuts against the top corner on the defense. White's gains came on crossing routes and pivots off play action, including a 25-yard gain where the receiver looked slow as a runner--allowing the safety to get into the play and catch the receiver on the sideline. White then gained 17 on a play-action throwback. He was open on a pivot route in the end zone until Kiko Alonso made a fantastic drop into the middle zone and snared the touchdown-saving interception with one hand. As long as White can stay this healthy, he'll offer the Falcons strong production as the product of play-action passes underneath White's zone-stretching routes down field.
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