Roddy White WR ATL 3 months ago

Falcons head coach Dan Quinn has speculated that White could reunite with former Atlanta offensive coordinator in Tampa, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 34-year-old receiver, released last Wednesday by the Falcons, has extensive history with two principals of the Bucs' 2016 coaching staff. Head coach Dirk Koetter was White's offensive coordinator in Atlanta from 2012-14, three seasons over which the veteran wideout averaged 78 catches for 994 yards and six touchdowns. He also played under new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith during Smith's Falcons head coaching stint from 2008-2014. "Any time you go through the process, you have to expect that, knowing somebody's history with a certain player," Quinn commented after White's release. "I wouldn't be surprised if Roddy ends up on another club just south on I-75". While Tampa's wide receiver depth chart is well-stocked heading into next season, White's familiarity with Koetter's system could conceivably earn him a training camp opportunity if he hasn't latched on to any other roster by that point.

Roddy White WR ATL 3 months ago1 Comment

The Falcons have released White.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Per ESPN.com, the release of White saves the Falcons $2,362,500 against their salary cap in 2016, but the departure of the 34-year-old wideout leaves a large void in the team's pass-catching corps. The 2005 first-rounder, who caught 43 passes for 506 yards and a TD in 2015, will thus look to catch on elsewhere, with White's 2016 fantasy prospects difficult to peg until his landing spot/role with his new team gain a degree of clarity.

Roddy White WR ATL 3 months ago

White said he expects to remain with the Falcons, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

White wasn't happy with his role in 2015, as he averaged just 4.4 targets per game under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Nonetheless, White also made it clear that he wants to return and expects to do so, even saying he'd "bet every dollar he had" that he'll stick with the Falcons. He did seem to acknowledge that the aforementioned quote was more about wishful thinking than reality, but it's still quite clear that he'd prefer to stay with the only NFL team he's ever known. The problem is that Atlanta can save $4.5 million against the 2016 cap by releasing White, who may not be too keen to accept a pay cut. It thus remains unclear if he'll stay in Atlanta, but regardless, it doesn't sound as if he's contemplating retirement

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White caught one ball for 10 yards in the season finale against the Saints.

Competitive Edge Analysis

White caught 43 balls for 506 yards and a touchdown in 2015, by far his worst statistical season in years. He was held under 50 catches for the first time since 2006, and he's not getting any younger. White is still under contract for two more years, but Justin Hardy could push him for more playing time in 2016. White's best days are behind him, but if he can stay healthy and the offense gets another year under their belt with Kyle Shanahan, it wouldn't be surprising to see White build on a disappointing year in 2016.

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White (ankle) is listed as active Sunday versus the Saints.

Competitive Edge Analysis

White has rankled owners all season, scoring just one touchdown and otherwise topping out at 84 receiving yards in Week 1. However, he could make amends against a New Orleans defense that has conceded 12.0 YPC but 12 scores through the air to opposing wideouts over the last five games.

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White (ankle) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Competitive Edge Analysis

White logged a full practice Friday, setting him up for usual role in the regular-season finale. Despite catching at least three passes in six consecutive games, he still hasn't reached 70 receiving yards since Week 1.

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White (ankle) was limited in Thursday's practice, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Following a DNP on Wednesday, White tested out his ankle in individual drills Thursday, but the final practice report of the week will announce his status for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White (ankle) didn't practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

White's Week 1 line still stands as the high-water mark of the season -- four catches for 84 yards on eight targets -- but the veteran has fared reasonably well over the last five games, totaling 21 receptions (on 27 targets) for 242 yards. Ankle injuries have been a recurring theme of the past three seasons, but his progress (or lack thereof) as the week continues will forecast whether he's trending toward an appearance in Week 17.

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White snatched five passes off of six targets for 67 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

White's 67 yards represented his highest total since Week 1. The veteran receiver has been targeted at least five times in four of the last six games, after seeing that many targets just once in the first nine games of the year. A favorable matchup against a dismal Saints defense comes up next, but it's still hard to imagine White having a huge game. White has scored just once all season, in the Falcons' Week 6 win over the Saints, and Atlanta receivers have hauled in just 11 touchdowns combined in the nine games since.

Roddy White WR ATL 5 months ago

White caught three of four targets for 47 yards in Sunday's win over Jacksonville.

Competitive Edge Analysis

From Week 2 through Week 10, White failed to snag three catches in six of eight games. The veteran receiver has recorded three or more catches in every game since. The modest benchmark shows how far White, who caught 80 passes last year, has fallen. Though he has righted the ship to an extent, the Falcons overall offensive struggles and White's eight-game scoreless streak make him an unwise start.