Falcons WR White added to Pro Bowl roster

Roddy White is doing back flips on his second  consecutive Pro Bowl trip.

Roddy White is doing back flips on his second consecutive Pro Bowl trip.

UPDATED after talking to Coach Mike Smith at the Senior Bowl

Mobile – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday.

He replaces Minnesota wide receiver Sidney Rice, who has withdrawn from the game.

This will be White’s second straight Pro Bowl appearance.

“I’m excited to be heading back to the Pro Bowl for a second year,” White said ina statement released by the team.  “My teammates played a huge part in my success this year and I have to credit them as well.”

White, who started the season by holding out for six days in training camp, has his third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season. After his brief holdout, White signed a six-year, $50 million contract extension with the team.

White led the Falcons in receiving yards with 1,153 on 85 receptions and became the second receiver in franchise history to have three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. White had a career-high 11 touchdowns.

“It’s good for Roddy,” said Falcons coach Mike Smith after watching the South practice at the Senior Bowl. “He’ll get down there and get an opportunity to reap the benefits and rewards of a good season.”

Last season, White moved into fourth place on the Falcons all-time receiving yardage list with 4,689 career yards. He passed Jim Mitchell who totaled 4,410 receiving yards in 11 seasons with Atlanta.

“I think Roddy is one of the more well-respected receivers in the league,” Smith said. “To have back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances only bodes well for him in the future.”

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

Falcons may like cornerback Perrish Cox; Glanville stops by

Perrish Cox has interviewed with the Falcons and wants to come to Atlanta.

Perrish Cox has interviewed with the Falcons and wants to come to Atlanta.

Mobile – Mastering the art of the “hotel lobby hang” is key to the  Senior Bowl trip.

After blogging about Tim Lewis joining the coaching staff, covering practice, writing the notebook and going to media day, it was time to do the lobby hang.

It’s good to let your badge show so that people know you’re from the newspaper and that you’re not a scout or an unemployed coach looking for work.

You must  find a spot off to the side where you can scan the entire room.

Then just try to look as cool as you can.

You see some of your longtime your sources, some folks see the badge and others just come up and provide information.

The "Art of the Lobby Hang" is a key Senior Bowl media skill.
The “Art of the Lobby Hang” is a key Senior Bowl media skill.

One agent I’d met last year came up and started chatting. He wanted to make sure I knew what players he’d signed. He also noted the local agent Todd France was having a really big season and  then offered up some  possibly valuable draft information.

“I’ll tell you what,” the agent said. “He’s not even my client, but I know the Falcons love that big kid over there (pointing). Perrish Cox, the cornerback from Oklahoma State.”

Now, I’m interested.

The NFL Network’s Mike Mayock had already alerted me to him, Florida State’s Patrick Robinson and Southern California’s Taylor Mays as possible first round defensive backs on the South team. Mays is a safety.

“So, Cox in the first round for the Falcons?,” I asked the agent.

“He won’t be there in the second,” the agent said. “And he’s not my guy.”

Unsolicited, the agent said, “He’s got three kids.”

Everybody knows the Falcons are looking for so-called “good character” players in the post-Michael Vick era. You can’t indict a guy for starting a family early, but the Falcons will want to know more about his family.

So the Falcons might have to do a thorough background check on Cox, who was also suspended for the Cotton Bowl. e apparently missed curfew by 30 minutes and fell out with head coach Mike Gundy.

Last season, the Falcons passed on Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis because of his “character” issues. He was selected one pick after they took Peria Jerry. He went on to have a fine rookie season with the Dolphins and made several all-rookie teams.

Cox is 6-foot and 190 pounds and went against touted receiver Dez Bryant in practice every day. (You know, until he got suspended.)  He’s also an accomplished returner.

Jerry Glanville.

Jerry Glanville

THE MAN IN BLACK: Former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville comes over and is talking to a scout I know. He saw the badge!!!

He speaks and I introduce myself.

“Having some fun down there now,” Glanville said. “That QB (Matt Ryan) can play. They need some corners though. When I had Deion (Sanders) everybody thought I could coach cornerbacks.”

THE TUESDAY PLAN: The North team practices at 10:30 a.m. My buddy Geoff Hobson went to the North practice on Monday. It was held at the same time as the South practice at Ladd-Peeples. The South was 15 miles away in Fairhope. I had to go to the South practice.

“Butch” Hobson told me that Detroit wide receiver coach Shawn Jefferson (former Falcons great) went ballistic on the receivers. Missouri’s Danario Alexander caught Jefferson’s ire, while he praised Clemson’s Jacoby Ford.

The South squad goes at 2:45 p.m.

The head coaches — Jim Schwartz and Tony Sparano — hold press conferences at 6:30 p.m. We can ask Sparano why he’s being a jerk about not letting his assistant coaches talk to the media about the players they are coaching. That information could really help out some kids. Probably some stupid Bill Parcells rule. Hope I get the first question at the press conference. “Coach what’s the rationale behind the decision to not let your coaches talk at AN ALL-STAR GAME?”

You can follow updates from practice on twitter at: AJCFalcons.

76 comments Add your comment

SirReal

January 26th, 2010
8:05 am

Well written sir.

SirReal

January 26th, 2010
8:06 am

DLed, do you think the falcons get smart and draft a corner this year?

catfish31015

January 26th, 2010
8:22 am

Glanville looks appropriate wearing black, he buried the Falcons for years after getting rid of Brett Favre.

Falcon Feathers

January 26th, 2010
8:22 am

What is Glanville doing there?

F-105 Thunderchief

January 26th, 2010
8:22 am

Good blog, thanks. Three kids could be a problem, unless he’s married. If it’s three out of wedlock, especially if there is more than one mother, that indicates a lack of responsible behavior. Don’t draft no Travis Henry though.

hagood

January 26th, 2010
8:25 am

Reid Adair

January 26th, 2010
8:38 am

Great information, D-Led. I hope you do get the chance to ask Tony Sparano about that stupid policy.

I think Perrish Cox is a great athlete and will do well in the NFL. I’m just not sold on a corner being the Falcons’ first-round draft pick. But then, that’s what Arthur Blank pays Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith to decide – not me.

Baba O'Riley

January 26th, 2010
8:39 am

Sparano looks like Mr. Potato Head.

Blue Fender

January 26th, 2010
8:42 am

If the kid from OSU is that good, then get him if available. I’m sure our coaches could straighten out that crooked nail.

All I'm Saying Is...

January 26th, 2010
8:53 am

Great information, D. Orlando. You are the man! Unlike Sparano, who is obviously a little man with a Napoleonic complex. These kids need coaches talking about them to the media even if they don’t have three kids to feed. Falcons need players on defense. They can talk all they want about upstanding guys of strong character — and keep getting torched with our 30th ranked secondary. Or they can find some talent with good character. I don’t particularly care but the fact is what we have didn’t work too well so I say give Cox a chance if he’s there. A 6 foot, athletic corner is certainly what we need as Grimes is at best a d-back for nickel situations only while we will live with Chris Houston only if we have to.

LET’S GO FALCONS!

DLed looks like...

January 26th, 2010
8:55 am

D Morgan at GT!!!!!!

McBubba

January 26th, 2010
8:55 am

Sean Weatherspoon-Mizzou
Tackling Machine/Great Character
And..He likes Van Halen!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyafsfciih8

North FLA Falcon

January 26th, 2010
8:56 am

Why are the Falcons so concerned about “character” when their players get DUIs, kill pit bulls (Babineaux) and beat up their wives. They want their young guys to be angels but some of their veterans are living tha thug life. What a joke.

If the kid is a "gangsta", "babydaddy"...

January 26th, 2010
8:57 am

…Travis Henry wannabe, then just say “No” – and think Mike Vick…..

Baba O'Riley

January 26th, 2010
9:26 am

DLed resembles D.Morgan only in the fact that they both like the bowtie.

matt r

January 26th, 2010
9:30 am

Loving the updates coming D-Led, keep them coming.

PMC

January 26th, 2010
9:47 am

They needed Jerry much more than they needed Davis evidenced by the sever weakness on the interior of the line in the middle of the season. It had nothing to do with Character.

PMC

January 26th, 2010
9:49 am

Character is one of those words that is put into the media largely for PR.Sure it’s on the list but the emphasis comes on the importance to the position. IE. How possible is it for this player to publically embarass the team. DT’s not so much. Corners slightly more… QB’s… oh brother.

O'Brien

January 26th, 2010
9:52 am

DOL,

Assuming Lito Shepherd is released by the Jets, do you think the Falcons would take a look at him?

Nativebird

January 26th, 2010
10:15 am

Glanville and Mora have both proved that you don’t have to coach well to coach in the NFL…you have to SOUND like you can coach well.

florida falcon

January 26th, 2010
10:17 am

JUST WIN BABY!

FSUBrad

January 26th, 2010
10:22 am

If Falcons can’t land Mcclain, Morgan, Spiller or D Bryant, they need to slide down to pick up Robinson or Cox at end of 1st/beginning of 2nd, and use addl pick on best available OLB (weatherspoon or norwood). Moving down the board is always a challenge though. OT opposite Baker is also a concern, RG may end being one as well. They’ll need to start thinking about grooming a new TE now too.

cutter

January 26th, 2010
10:26 am

Sergio Kindle

Nativebird

January 26th, 2010
10:30 am

Definitely Sergio Kindle. Done, settled. Get your DB’s in FA, I think we’ve proved what you get by drafting DBs over the last..oh…six years: Athletic young men who either can’t translate or can’t stay out of trouble.

Matt

January 26th, 2010
10:47 am

When is this game?? Time? Station?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 26th, 2010
11:02 am

You all are hot in here this morning!!!

Headed out to practice. A little slow out of the starting blocks today. (Left out the 5-hour drive at 5:30 a.m. yesterday)

Matt: Game is Saturday at 4 p.m. on the NFL Network.

O’Brien
: Don’t think they’ll look at Lito unless they get into an emergency situation. They want to build through the draft.

F-105 Thunderchief: Yeah, I agree. I’ve got to ask the kid about that. You married? Kids have same mother? Wanted to start a family early or are you from a small town and just never heard of the USC Trojans?

Ken Strickland

January 26th, 2010
11:16 am

What is it with those who remain obcessed with the BFarve trade and MVick, although the AJC won’t let anything related to MVick rest. Some of these clowns act like not trading a bench warming, boozing, partying Farve, who did absolutely nothing while he was a Falcon, would have some how completely changed the fortunes of this franchise. Hell, even the fact BFarve has publically stated his career would have likely gone nowhere had he stayed with the Falcons and not been traded to Green Bay, doesn’t seem to get through to these clowns.

Yet, dispite all of this, we still get these stupid comments about the trade, like it would have actually made a difference to the Falcon franchise. GET OVER IT!

There’s no way TD or Smitty can think a rookie CB drafted 19th or 20th could have more impact on our overall pass DEF than a DLineman or LB that can improve our pass rush. Those fans who weren’t blind, stupid, or crazy were able to witness the unbelievable improvement in the performance of our CB’s the last 6-7 gms of the season compared to the earlier part. It all coinsided with the sudden ability of our young, quick, fast DT’s to push the interior pocket, which prevented the QB from stepping up into it, which limited their reads and forced them to make quick, errant throws.

As a result, the same so called UNDERSIZED, UNDERACHIEVING CB’s that Falcon fans were blaming for everything wrong with our poor pass DEF, were suddenly able to perform at a Probowl level and make play after play on the ball. Character issues or not, we need to improve our pass rush before considering any improvement at CB.

Chaseolla'

January 26th, 2010
11:34 am

Good article.. Well known fact TD does not believe in drafting a CB high in a draft(you can get them later and develop them, Owens..)NEED to get beef on O-line and D-line or speed at DE PLEASE TD!

TheAntiMe

January 26th, 2010
11:38 am

“When I had Deion (Sanders) everybody thought I could coach cornerbacks.”Jerry Glanville

Geez, Glanville almost makes it sound like he gave birth to Prime Time. :P

Vince Burchfield

January 26th, 2010
12:03 pm

Glanville is a redneck joke. Biggest idiot coach of all time tradeing Farve. someone please tell TD not to pick another seamen slinging wankster. If there’s smoke…Ron Mexico, there’s fire. Arenas from Bama would be a great dual threat.

wxwax

January 26th, 2010
12:05 pm

I just hope Dimitroff resists the urge to draft more players who have a history of being injured.

Michael

January 26th, 2010
12:16 pm

Great Info. I love this!!!

Tell it like it is

January 26th, 2010
12:21 pm

Quit drafting all the pansies and get some players in here that can play three games with out gettig hurt.

Stirg d'Nahsif

January 26th, 2010
12:23 pm

Here we go again…

Last year, this time, we all shared our thoughts and opinions about our needs. We all knew that defense was a priority fix. Some wanted Ziggy Hood, some wanted Patrick Chung and some even wanted Vontae Davis. After we grabbed Gonzo the Great from K.C. (personally, I wanted Brandon Pettigrew), I would have settled for Louis Delmas for our first round pick. Nevertheless, we ended up with Hip Hip Peria and I cannot be evermore pleased (despite his loss to injury). What’s startling about the aforementioned players, is that they were all drafted after Atlanta’s pick-up of Jerry; and they all had fine rookie seasons (Pettigrew was lost to injury). Some of you are still apathetic to drafting a DB for our first pick, when last year’s backs (Malcolm Jenkins, Davis and Delmas) were excellent starters.

Considering that quality (starters) defensive linemen will be long gone by the time the Falcons pick first, I would suggest that we strongly consider linebacker or cornerback for our first selection; and shop for a defensive tackle via free agency (yes, I’m on the Vince Wilfork bandwagon). After Joe Haden, I don’t think that there is a quality starter at cornerback; however, this draft is loaded with linebackers that could solidify our front seven (with Wilfork in the middle). Sergio Kindle, Sean Witherspoon or Eric Norwood are all eventual starters and two out of these three should be available in the late first or early second round. If we can, somehow, trade our first round pick for a late first-round pick and a second round pick, I think we can get that quality linebacker and a good cornerback in the second round (a Patrick Robinson or Parrish Cox). Again (and I agree with Ken), our defensive success is dependent on the front four but Suh, McCoy and Morgan may be gone when we pick. Our safest picks would be Witherspoon, Norwood, Robinson or Cox.

N.GA.DAWG

January 26th, 2010
12:26 pm

I think C. Houston sux. I dont care if they go after a corner in the first round or seventh just get one or two. Who is a fa this year that we could land? I do agree we need a pass rusher to help Abe.

Tell it like it is

January 26th, 2010
12:31 pm

N.ga.Dawg—Abe is not able anymore.there is no help for abe.

N.GA.DAWG

January 26th, 2010
12:36 pm

Abe gets held often. And they dont call it. He still has some gas left in the tank.

Stirg d'Nahsif

January 26th, 2010
12:38 pm

Yeah; but the gas is regular unleaded (87 octane). There’s no premium gas left in old Abe’s tank.

SirReal

January 26th, 2010
1:18 pm

@N.GA.DAWg I think Abe is still good to go. He commanded a lot of double teams and chipping this year. With the proper pass rush on the other end, he’d be freed up to wreak havoc.

collegeballfan

January 26th, 2010
1:23 pm

The Falcons are gonna draft Perrish Cox? Perish the thought!

AndyC

January 26th, 2010
1:27 pm

Parrish has three kids? How many baby mommas? I hate that we have to ask this question but I think it’s a valid one if you are trying to find out about someones character.

TXDawg

January 26th, 2010
1:32 pm

So how many baby mommas qualifies bad character?

Can’t wait for a response on this one.

what

January 26th, 2010
1:44 pm

If a young man, still in college, has 3 kids with the same woman or not, should be a red flag that that young man is not responsible enough to make an adult decision. I would have to think twice before investing money in him.

Bruce

January 26th, 2010
2:08 pm

The ones who are critical about the Favre trade, you should listen to Brett himself. He said in an interview years ago before the playoff game between GB and ATL “I don’t blame them for trading me – I was terrible…”.

Our opinions are about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. With that said – here’s my opinion….

I agree with those who say we need help on OL and DL. However there’s a school of thought that say if you have shutdown corners it opens up options including 8 in the box. Not sure there’s a right and wrong on this – just differing philosophies.

For those who are critical of Glanville, I liked him as a coach and our offense was among the top in scoring and yards per game. Defensively he brought a hard hitting swarming defense back to Atlanta but wasn’t consistent and therefore lived and died by the blitz.

Go Falcons!

Samantha Baker

January 26th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ken,
Also, Dont forget Houston got hurt, I mean got benched.. I mean still is not looking back for the ball at all…
Guys what about our need at Tackle? Move SAMANTHA To right Tackle and bring in a real Left Tackle and this Offense could be scary..

Samantha " I am a Pansy" Baker

January 26th, 2010
2:28 pm

Also,
I agree with Tell it like it is….

Draft some players that aren’t Pansies.. and can play more than two games without getting hurt..
BAKER, JERRY, What is the Safety from Missouri, I forgot his name becuase he was hurt EVERY week… William Moore. NOW I think about it. TD has tendency to draft players who have a history of injury problems..
Should we be worried?

AndyC

January 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

I love Roddy…but the Pro Bowl game is a joke. Almost none of the selected players are going and playing it before the Super Bowl is dumb! What about the Colts and Saints players that got selected? I will not pay attention to it at all.

osama

January 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

Perrish Cox would be a strong choice if the Falcons were to go CB. He shut down AJ Green (4rec. 52yds). Danario Alexander torched the OSU secondary in the 1st half of the Mizzou game but he helped hold him to 19yds in the 2nd half. FYI–anybody not named Nebraska or Texas got torched by Danario (6′5″, 215) he’s a beast. Markques Simas gave him some problems (11rec. 90yds 1TD) and Hodge for Ole Miss pulled in a 100yd+ day but the offense had 6 TOs in the 4th qtr alone. All-in-all he has alot of the attributes some of our CBs (meaning Chris Houston) lacked. He a taller, athletic CB w/ speed (handled both KO & PR duties exclusively after Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible) that gets his head around & plays the ball.

As to the issue of his character; being an athletic, young, promiscuous male is nothing new. In fact, it is quite natural. The problem (and primary issue of concern) is and should be whether is negligent in his responsibilities towards the woman (women) and children.

With all of the above having been stated, I think Brian Williams status injury-wise (knee-rehab) and whatever the probability of him (he is now a FA) being signed to a new contract, will go a long way towards determining whether they draft a CB in the 1st.

allycks

January 26th, 2010
4:00 pm

If we do a trade down in the first round and get Norwood LB out of South Carolina in the first and McCluster RB/WR out of Ole Miss in the 2nd, this draft will be a rousing success.

SirReal

January 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

I like Roddy also but this Pro Bowl already stinks and it hasnt even been played. The NFL whiffed terribly on this year’s Pro Bowl. Half of the players do not even want to go. I know for a fact that they preferred going to Hawaii. And playing the game before the Super Bowl has to be the biggest blunder the NFL has made this year….dont be surprised if it goes back to the week after the Super Bowl. The NFL is the only league who’s All-Star game sucks….hard to believe when it pulls in SOOOOO many ratings every week….