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NFC South top 25: No. 19

June, 26, 2012

JUN 26

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By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

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We continue our series on my projected top 25 players in the NFC South for the 2012 season with No. 19:

Roddy White, wide receiver, Atlanta

What he did in 2011: With 100 catches for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns, White’s numbers were pretty much in line with what he produced in each of the previous four seasons. But make no mistake, 2011 wasn’t White’s best season. After being sure-handed in recent years, White ended up leading the NFL with 15 drops. Even with rookie Julio Jones taking away some defensive attention, White didn’t dominate games the way he sometimes did in the past. He had five 100-yard games, but only one in the first nine games. The Falcons talked a lot about getting more explosive plays in the passing game by pairing Jones with White. They did improve in that area, but I don’t think they made as many strides as the front office or coaching staff would have liked.

Why he’s No. 19 in 2012: White still is an elite receiver and I expect a bounce-back season. Even more than the drops, I think what held White back last season was offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey. Coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff made a lot of moves to improve the deep passing game, but I don’t think Mularkey ever fully grasped the concept of what they were looking for. Atlanta’s offense was extremely talented, but never really seemed to be in rhythm. One game the Falcons looked like a running team and the next they looked like a passing team. Mularkey is now the head coach in Jacksonville and Dirk Koetter is the new offensive coordinator. You can bet that when he went through the interview process, Koetter had to give Smith and Dimitroff some concrete examples of ways he planned to get more out of a talented receiving corps.

Tags:Atlanta Falcons, Roddy White, Mike Smith, Mike Mularkey, Thomas Dimitroff, Julio Jones, Dirk Koetter, NFC South top 25

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Well, you know Pat Y is basically incompetent. Steve Smith will be rated higher, just because. There will be two or three aints players in the top 5 because they won a super bowl in the past 5 years. Basically, it boils down to who are the more popular players in the division and they will be rated pretty much that way by Pat Y. In fact, I bet you could correlate Jersey sales with his top 25. So that means Bree's will be number one, Newton will be number 2 and I don't know after that.

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Well, you know Pat Y is basically incompetent. Steve Smith will be rated higher, just because. There will be two or three aints players in the top 5 because they won a super bowl in the past 5 years. Basically, it boils down to who are the more popular players in the division and they will be rated pretty much that way by Pat Y. In fact, I bet you could correlate Jersey sales with his top 25. So that means Bree's will be number one, Newton will be number 2 and I don't know after that.

Yeah he's said recently Smith was better than White due to this past season. It's a joke Steve Smith is a beast and has had crappy QB play, but White passed him up and hasn't looked back.

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Let's see.

212 NFL football players in the NFCS.

Roddy at #19 based on 2012 projections where he already said he's gonna get less opportunities (thank goodness).

That means he is in the top nine all player NFCS percentile, most likely a top 8 WR and likely in the top five on the team.

I'd say that's about right with Ryan, Turner, Tony, Abe, Grimes, Spoon and Asante on the list.

Why yall boys get heated over talk headed blogs is still beyond me. Seriously.

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Let's see.

212 NFL football players in the NFCS.

Roddy at #19 based on 2012 projections where he already said he's gonna get less opportunities (thank goodness).

That means he is in the top nine all player NFCS percentile, most likely a top 8 WR and likely in the top five on the team.

I'd say that's about right with Ryan, Turner, Tony, Abe, Grimes, Spoon and Asante on the list.

Why yall boys get heated over talk headed blogs is still beyond me. Seriously.

Pat already said Gonzalez and Samuel didn't make his list

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so I am going to assume that Vincent Jackson, Steve Smith and Julio Jones are all going to be rated higher than White as far as WRs. Maybe he will even put Lance Moore above him! hmmmm.

I just cannot see how there are 18 players better in the NFCS than White, and def. NOT 25 players better than Gonzalez or Samuel (who arguably came of his best season of his career last year)

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If I could tell pat y anything it would be. Your a dumb a$$. Folks in the rest of the NFC south are now wondering how there players are ranked above roddy. Every team in the NFC south would trade there best receiver for roddy, this is really really dumb. About the same level as the top 100.

This makes let's me know football writers know nothing about football.

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Let's see.

212 NFL football players in the NFCS.

Roddy at #19 based on 2012 projections where he already said he's gonna get less opportunities (thank goodness).

That means he is in the top nine all player NFCS percentile, most likely a top 8 WR and likely in the top five on the team.

I'd say that's about right with Ryan, Turner, Tony, Abe, Grimes, Spoon and Asante on the list.

Why yall boys get heated over talk headed blogs is still beyond me. Seriously.

you can make a case that roddys better than all of those guys listed RIGHT NOW, except for maybe spoon and samuel.

roddy has been completely dominant these past 5 years averaging over 90 catches, 1250 yds and 7 TDs. lets not forget he's been to 4 straight pro bowls (should've been 5-07), 1x all pro (should've been twice-08), and he doesn't miss games.

imo only julio and maybe steve smith should be ranked higher at WR.

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you can make a case that roddys better than all of those guys listed RIGHT NOW, except for maybe spoon and samuel.

roddy has been completely dominant these past 5 years averaging over 90 catches, 1250 yds and 7 TDs. lets not forget he's been to 4 straight pro bowls (should've been 5-07), 1x all pro (should've been twice-08), and he doesn't miss games.

imo only julio and maybe steve smith should be ranked higher at WR.

Correct me if I'm wrong but this is based on 2012 projections.

Not 2005-2011 accomplishments.

If so, that's probably about right.

Remember we're going to a more diversified offense in 2012.

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Correct me if I'm wrong but this is based on 2012 projections.

Not 2005-2011 accomplishments.

If so, that's probably about right.

Remember we're going to a more diversified offense in 2012.

So you expect Roddy to drop below 1200 yards this season? There were 8 WR's in the league that had 1200+ yards. In this pass happy league, that's 1 per Division. How far off do you expect him to drop?

He's the top WR in the NFC South. Hands down. Steve Smith is a great WR, but Roddy is better. Especially for 2012.

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Smith had 100 more yards than White with 21 less receptions. White had 1 more TD.. Smith averaged 17.6 yards a catch.. White averaged 13 yards a catch. White is going into 2012 after leading the league in drops in 2011. I know, it's not fair, but he did. Smith is going into 2012 as one of the more explosive WRs in the league.

White may see fewer balls thrown his way in 2012, with JJ as an up and coming WR. Smith... will probably have more catches... since no other WR on the Panthers roster has stepped up yet...and Cam + SS89 have even more time to work on their chemistry this off-season.

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White being ranked 19th by Pat is bogus just like everything else he writes so I'm not that mad....but in a few weeks I bet there are going to be the same people crying now that are going to applaud him whenever he makes another positive write up about this team, or a specific player.

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Smith had 100 more yards than White with 21 less receptions. White had 1 more TD.. Smith averaged 17.6 yards a catch.. White averaged 13 yards a catch. White is going into 2012 after leading the league in drops in 2011. I know, it's not fair, but he did. Smith is going into 2012 as one of the more explosive WRs in the league.

White may see fewer balls thrown his way in 2012, with JJ as an up and coming WR. Smith... will probably have more catches... since no other WR on the Panthers roster has stepped up yet...and Cam + SS89 have even more time to work on their chemistry this off-season.

I think Steve Smith is a stud but you can't just look at one season. The fact is that he failed to crack 1000 yards in 2 out of his past 3 seasons. He hasn't had more than 7 TD's in a season over the past 5 years. And he's 33 years old. Roddy hasn't had less than 8 TD's in the past 3 seasons and hasn't gone below 1100 yards over his past 5. And he's 3 years younger.

I don't think any GM would take Steve Smith over Roddy White going into 2012. I know Steve Smith didn't have anyone throwing it to him the two previous years, but they weren't any worse than the carousel we had 5 years ago with our top 2 QB's no longer in the league.

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