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Roddy White's numbers are down after holdout

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

FLOWERY BRANCH -- It's just three games, but Pro Bowl wide receiver Roddy White's numbers are down dramatically.

The deep pass has been absent from the Falcons' attack, and it shows in White's numbers.

White has been targeted on 26 passes. He has 15 catches for 119 yards (7.9 yards per catch). He averaged 15.7 yards per catch last season and 15.4 over 230 career catches entering this season.

"Yeah, it's going to improve," White said. "I just feel like I'm off to a slow start."

Quarterback Matt Ryan is off to stellar start, while completing nearly 66 percent of passes. He's completed passes to nine different receivers and five of them average more than 10 yards per catch.

White dropped two passes against New England. In the season opener against Miami, White got open deep, but the pass was either off the mark or he didn't end up in the right spot.

"I just have to get better," said White, who set a franchise record with 1,382 yards receiving last season. "I have to go out there and work hard and get better. I just have to start getting explosive plays like I'm used to getting."

White's long catch this season went for 17 yards. He had 16 receptions for 25 yards or more last season, and over his career, he's had 36.

White was not critical of the play-calling.

"We are throwing the ball deep," White said. "We had a couple of opportunities. We've just missed on a couple. The times that we did go deep, the timing wasn't right."

White expects those long-gainers to start stacking up after the team returns from the bye week.

"We are just going to take this week to get better," White said. "Go out there and work on our timing."

Hill got his look

Cornerback Tye Hill got a lot of action during the two bye-week practices. He was acquired in a trade with the St. Louis Rams before the start of the season.

"I think that he has definitely improved since the first day that he got here, which is a positive sign," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "We’ll evaluate the film and see where he is at.”

Refs looking for push offs?

Wide receiver Michael Jenkins and Carolina's Muhsin Muhammad were involved in two big offensive pass-interference calls last week that nullified touchdowns.

"The referees are starting to look for things like that," White said. "You just have to keep your hands inside and take the ball over the top of their heads."

Jenkins didn't concur with White.

"I don't think so," Jenkins said. "I think Muhammad had more of a push-off in the back, but they are just trying to do their job. If they see something, they have to go with what they see."

Ryan is not sure if they are calling things a little tighter on wide receivers.

"They are going to call it how they see it," Ryan said. "You have to respect that. Officiating in the NFL is a tough job."

Etc.

* The Falcons wrapped up practice early Thursday and have the rest of the weekend off. They will return Monday.

* The coaches are doing a self-scout of the team and schemes during the bye week. But Smith lamented not having enough statistical data after just three games.

* Defensive tackle Peria Jerry, the Falcons' first-round draft pick who's on injured reserve, had surgery Tuesday. He's expected back in Atlanta over the weekend to start his rehabilitation.

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I like those comments by White, Jenkins, and Ryan about the officials.

They should have just said "If I bad mouth them, I get fined, so no comment." :P

:lol: :lol:

Just thinking the same thing!

I wish they had a show every week that broke down ref calls like they do team plays.

And i wish the refs would get rated and fined.

But everybody is scared to touch them...

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Bedwetter just couldn't help himself with tossing in the word "after holdout". Of course in the article he put in the disclaimer "of course it's only 3 games" (cough, cough). They know people are idiots and don't read much past the headline.

The one thing I can say is I appreciate Jenkins and White's response about the officiating. Nobody's calling anybody out, nobody's tweeting, nobody's seeking Aiello's advice on doing something they know is wrong. The game is already over, just take the high road and move on.

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I think the team as a whole as gotten off to a slow start somewhat. All this is predicated by the start of the QB, especially in Roddy's case and if I'm correct Ryan is notorious for slow starts. At the same time Ryan has a QB rating hovering around 100 with this slow start, I bet some starting QBs wish that they got off at that clip at ANY point of their season. Teams stack the box to stop Turner, Ryan starts slow and it trickles from there. In any case, if we are 2-1 with a slow start, this actually bodes well for the team cause if we get it going, look out. We'll be okay. All the games are situational and two out of the three games we met the situation with what was needed to win. It doesn't always have to be with fantastic stats to do it. The only stat that matters is the "W".

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:lol: :lol:

Just thinking the same thing!

I wish they had a show every week that broke down ref calls like they do team plays.

And i wish the refs would get rated and fined.

But everybody is scared to touch them...

well you know like roddy said they have a tough job and they deserve..................

Hold up, what am i talking about?

the refs were trash in that game, screw them

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I agree.. How many drops does Roddy have already? He is NOT elite at all and shouldnt be paid that way at all.. Matty doesnt trust him to make the big catches..

The guy has 3 drops in 3 games.... thats not good and he has to fix that but you guys are acting like the guy is bumming it.... Calm on now

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Roddy does need to step it up. He gets paid like an elite, so he needs to be elite. (In my opinion, he was elite last year ... so that's what we need to see again). I kind of like the article, simply because it puts some pressure out there, and there needs to be a little pressure. In other words, this particular Ledbetter article could be good for the team.

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Thanks for the heads-up on that show--I'd never seen it.

It was interesting as far as it went; before seeing that I really thought the defender had Jenks in the back on that TD play.

But what I would have liked to see is a comparison of calls both within the same game, and among other games.

And gimmee a break--they can't afford to put cameras in the pylons?

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i know its an off week & its slow....but cmon, if anyone thought roddy would get the same #S after we picked up gonzo, then they werent thinking very much,a pickup like gonzo is going to affect all the wr stats, but who the heck cares as long as we have that other(pro bowl,first ballot hofer)weapon to help move the ball,thats what we want, isnt it?if you want roddy to have stats, trade him to the browns, or redskins, if you want to have a team full of weapons, quit worring about his stats....you arent paying him

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i know its an off week & its slow....but cmon, if anyone thought roddy would get the same #S after we picked up gonzo, then they werent thinking very much,a pickup like gonzo is going to affect all the wr stats, but who the heck cares as long as we have that other(pro bowl,first ballot hofer)weapon to help move the ball,thats what we want, isnt it?if you want roddy to have stats, trade him to the browns, or redskins, if you want to have a team full of weapons, quit worring about his stats....you arent paying him

It's not about his stats just dropping off, but that we pay him almost 4 times what he was making a year and now he's underperforming and dropping easy catches.

It was a bad investment. And when you buy season tickets and merchandise you are paying the players and investing into the team.

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