Roddy White ranked 24th on NFL Network’s Top 100

Roddy White reacts to making a first down catch after returning to the game. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

Roddy White reacts to making a first down catch after returning to the game. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com

BIRDLAND –  Falcons wide receiver Roddy White was ranked 24th on “The Top 100: Players of 2011” Sunday on the NFL Network.

White was presented by Falcons head coach Mike Smith.

Also, White appeared live in-studio on the show  and will be on NFL Total Access at 7 p.m. tonight. White will be joined by Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew on each show.

White, who led the league with 115 catches last season, was the last of five Falcons on the list.

The other Falcons making the list were defensive end John Abraham (69), quarterback Matt Ryan (52), tight end Tony Gonzalez (46) and running back Michael Turner (42).

VIDEO: Here’s White’s reaction to his ranking.

Here’s what White and Smith had to say on the show.

On his reaction to his ranking:

White: “I mean, obviously I want to be the best wideout in the game and I’m never satisfied with my ranking unless it’s number one. So that’s where I want to be, that’s my goal every year. As I compete in this game, [my goal] is to be number one at my position. Wherever that poll is on the number one receiver, that’s where I want to be.”

On people who think he’s ranked too high:

White: “They’re not watching Atlanta Falcons football games. Because if they were watching the games and they’ve seen me, then they would know that I go out there and I contribute a lot to my team. . . Just being more consistent, that’s my biggest thing; just going out there every week and just being consistent. I just feel like I’m doing a good job of that right now. I just want to continue my success.”

On Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who was ranked No. 52:

White: “He should be higher. Every day we go out there and practice hard together. A lot of the things that we do, we do a lot of timing routes and we have to have everything on time, and he does a good job with that. He’s an anticipating throw-type quarterback and he throws off anticipation so you have to be in the right spots. That’s a key component so you can’t be getting jammed at the line of scrimmage; you have to get away from defenders because he expects you to be at a certain place at a certain time. We’ve just been really

101024 Atlanta - ONE HANDED CATCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White makes a one handed catch against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 1st down during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010.    Curtis Compton  ccompton@ajc.com

101024 Atlanta - ONE HANDED CATCH - Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White makes a one handed catch against Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones for a 1st down during 2nd quarter action at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Oct. 24 , 2010. Curtis Compton ccompton@ajc.com

good going through games and making adjustments. I think that’s our biggest attribute is me and him, we stay in the games and we’re always looking at the pictures and seeing what kind of defenses and things they’re giving us, and how they’re trying to guard me and plays that we can run to get me the football.”

On Julio Jones:

White: “He’s next level. I watched a lot of highlights of him and during our little 7-on-7 OTAs by ourselves, and I just like to see the young fella run. He can tear up grass and things like that. We’re out there and I’m just helping him build himself to be a better player and getting ready for the season. The biggest thing for him is he’s very talented, very big guy. I’m standing next to the guy and he’s bigger than me and he can run like the wind.”

On his career thus far:

White: “We’re just talking about production. If you want to talk about what I’ve done in this league over the last three years, I think Andre Johnson is the only guy who ranks ahead of me in yards and receptions. The other guys, I feel like you can date back to four years and I’m right in the top five of every statistical category. If people want to talk about stats, I could just throw mine in there if that’s what they want to do. Or if they want to talk about winning games, over the last three years I’ve been in the playoffs twice. We haven’t won games, but I’ve gotten my team to the playoffs and things like that. We’re consistent; every year we’re winning.”

The Falcons' Michael Jenkins (left) watches as Roddy White (second from left) chest-bumps Harry Douglas (right) after White caught a second-half touchdown pass against Seattle. AP

The Falcons' Michael Jenkins (left) watches as Roddy White (second from left) chest-bumps Harry Douglas (right) after White caught a second-half touchdown pass against Seattle. AP

VIDEO: Roddy White ranks #24 on the list:

Smith on Roddy White:

Smith: “Roddy White: one of the strongest, most physical wide receivers that I’ve ever seen. Roddy’s got the ability to take a short completion and turn it into a long completion.”

“One of the things that people don’t probably see when they watch Roddy White is he is one of the best blocking wide receivers in the NFL. Roddy White was a state championship wrestler in high school. He has a very good understanding of leverage. When you watch the coaches tape, you’ll see Roddy White had knockdowns. The Michael Turners are saying thank you.”

“His maturation process really started when we drafted Matt [Ryan].”

“Sometimes Roddy can be almost ultra-competitive in terms of keeping his head in the ballgame. He does not like to lose.”

“That’s what fans want to see: a guy that comes out and every play is going to be the best that he can be. Those are the types of guys that coaches want to coach, and when you have guys like that you’re going to be successful.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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34 comments Add your comment

Falcons Will Win

June 20th, 2011
7:08 am

Cant wait for the White and Julio Show, coming soon to an NFC South defensive nightmare near you

just sayin'

June 20th, 2011
8:21 am

I…I…Me Me…wonder if he’s gonna pout when Jones starts getting his catches?

Mike Jay

June 20th, 2011
9:07 am

Jones will be getting jenkins 40+ catches and some of the load off of TG. Maybe 10-20 less catches from Roddy white but his YPC should go way up. Though The Falcons should also be throwing more next season so it might all even out. Either way Roddy won’t complain, he would rathrr win.

Keith Mercer

June 20th, 2011
9:12 am

All talk, no super bowl.

DHunt

June 20th, 2011
9:21 am

Blogmonster ate my post. So I will abbreviate
Roddy=Beast of the east, will be better in 2011, 1300 yards (on fewer catches)
Julio=ROY, explosive, over 50 receptions and over 1000 yards.
Jenkins=rejuvinated. playing against lesser talent should keep him productive. 500 yards
Douglas=due for a breakout season after full year recovery, 500+ yards
Gonzales=Timeless, the old man will amaze yet again, 600 yards
MR2 spreads around another 500 yards to the backs (we got to get a screen game going) and gets to 4500 yards.
Best passing offense in the league in 2011. You heard it here first.

Arthur Blank

June 20th, 2011
9:26 am

You better start scoring more touchdowns…

contrarian

June 20th, 2011
9:31 am

“I…I…Me Me…”

Yes, when he was responding to questions about Roddy White. Did you expect him to answer in the third person? His answers to questions about Matt and Julio were appropriately referenced with ‘he’, ‘we’ and ‘us.’

Mock if you will, but at least be accurate.

mo

June 20th, 2011
9:53 am

@Orlando…AFC?!?! Who?

just sayin'

June 20th, 2011
9:59 am

3rd person is next for him….”If you want to talk about what I’ve done in this league over the last three years”….”over the last three years I’ve been in the playoffs twice. We haven’t won games, but I’ve gotten my team to the playoffs”… What I’ve done…what, he threw the ball to himself?…i’ve gotten my team to the playoffs….sounds like he’s becoming a ‘me, me’ kinda guy to me….

DawgFan

June 20th, 2011
10:12 am

Keith – For the first time in history the Falcons have put together back-to-back-to-back winning seasons. They had the best record in the NFC last season before running into the buzzsaw that was Green Bay. Each step of the way has taught these Falcons how to get better.

Considering that this was a team in total disarray just three and a half years ago, I’m darn proud of them. I’m sorry that you seem willing to write off this team just because they’ve not yet won a championship. Give it time.

Paddy O

June 20th, 2011
10:39 am

the SF game where White stripped the interception should prove to all that White had arrived, and was a very, very savvy & shrewd total NFL player. Cant wait for the 2011 season to start!

Larry

June 20th, 2011
10:47 am

Not taking anything away from White, but without him the Falcons go maybe 11-5 season; without Matt Ryan this was an 8-8 team at best with their below average defense and grossly incompetent Defensive Coordinator, BVG.

No was on earth any Pro Bowl WR is more valuable to their teams success over a Pro Bowl QB.

Dr. Warren

June 20th, 2011
10:49 am

DOL—I don’t understand your reference to four straight AFC titles. I assume you are referring to the Bills? But why is that relevant here?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 20th, 2011
11:10 am

Dr. Warren — That comment belongs on the Thurman Thomas blog. Hmmmmm.

JASon

June 20th, 2011
11:28 am

Orlando, could you provide us a link to the complete list? That might be helpful.

CU Tiger

June 20th, 2011
11:35 am

I’m liking the direction of the offense with some draft help at RB. Hope they can keep this OL in tact. The defense is my main concern. It all starts up front and I’m really disappointed on some of the draft picks the Falcons have made. There is one badass free agent available out there but Blank won’t tolerate poison in his locker room. That’s a good thing!
You can win Super Bowls on defense. Looks like however the Falcons are going to try to out score everyone. They better T it off in September because I doubt HOF Tony Gonzalez hangs around another year.

Yeahsure

June 20th, 2011
12:20 pm

My comments lost in the void. Heres a short version.
- Roddy and Matt are underrated in Atlanta. See what people in other cities think about them
- Roddy/Julio will be the next Bolden/Fitz
- Peria, Dunta, and Spoon need to be at 100% speed for this D to have a chance
- Kroy is not a starting DE
- I hope Franks and Meier shine this year.

realitycheck

June 20th, 2011
12:28 pm

All this talk and player rankings for 2010 don’t mean squat. The only thing that matters is playoff success, and the last time I checked the record of this regime it was still ZERO and two. Regular season numbers, records, feel good stories, and sideline hugs(Blank and Smith embracing after week 3 OT win at Saints like that won a Super Bowl), mean nothing at the end of the day. I nearly fainted the other day when I read that Matt Ryan will be due a $20 million roster bonus that will push his 2011 pay well over $30 million. Ryan must have one hell of an agent to get a contract like that for a guy who has never won a playoff game. How the Falcons can pay one player that type of money is beyond me? Ryan should be making a third of that with the other two thirds going toward top free agent defensive guys to help the mediocre Falcon defense improve. Blank is clearly all in with Ryan at any cost, and that cost is enormously high which is something that doesn’t seem to bother old Arthur. According to a number(between 8 and 10) of NFL GM’s, all but one said that Blank dearly overpaid for Julio Jones. Will Julio also get a huge contract with a whopping roster bonus too? Since Blank is signing the checks then probably so. I guess Arthur is banking on a very entertaining brand of football that will produce lots of 38-35 types of games. Just how many of those games the Falcons will win remains to be seen, but defense usually wins in late December and into January and beyond, and that is something that the Falcons haven’t addressed.

Remarkable

June 20th, 2011
12:33 pm

White is a great receiver and together with Julio will make Atalanta a great offensive team. However, we still need Defensive help. The Defense has to be strengthened and upgraded. D Led, tell us who is going to help us there? Defensive end John Abraham was the only guy on that side of the ball mentioned and he is getting along in age. We may miss not having those draft picks next year, although I do think it was a good pick to get JJ. He was worth two late number one picks but maybe not so many others. Only time will tell.

Ronald Millsaps

June 20th, 2011
12:54 pm

Headline should’ve read “tops.”

Get Jerious Norwood the ball more, and do so intelligently. Run him outside the tackles and Michael Turner between them. Atlanta has terrible playcalling, which is one reason why Green Bay obliterated them in the playoffs.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

June 20th, 2011
1:07 pm

DawgFan

June 20th, 2011
1:18 pm

realitycheck – You’re right. I’ll turn my back on this team the next time they celebrate a hard-fought regular season victory. After all, the reular season doesn’t really count. Until the Falcons win a playoff game they should be shunned and spit upon by all of Atlanta.

German Shepherd Dawg

June 20th, 2011
3:38 pm

We need a DB — that guy from the Raiders would be nice.

D Money

June 20th, 2011
3:48 pm

Not so sure why people think the defense is so far off. We’re missing a couple of pieces. A DE opposite Abe and maybe an OLB that can bring it. Other than that, I don’t see the defense being that far off.

Also, I wouldn’t worry about not having two draft picks next year. We’ll probably have compensatory picks after loosing Finneran, Williams, Koenen, Nicholas (possibly), Clabo, and maybe a couple of other veterans. So even though we may not have our 1st round pick, we’ll most likely have a net gain of picks of 8-9.

Terrell

June 20th, 2011
3:58 pm

just sayin’

If you saw the games they lost Roddy was always saying he had to do better even when it wasn’t his fault. He said “I” and “me” because he was showing that he was just as good as the other WRs that people seem to rank above him. It had nothing to do with him being a “ME” player, but it was showing that his numbers are comparable to some of the other WRs in the NFL.

CU Tiger

You’re right you can win Super Bowls on defense but last year the Packers won on offense. The year before that, the Saints won with offense. You can have an explosive offense with an average defense and win or you can have a great defense and an above average offense to win.

realitycheck

Statistically, the Falcons were middle of the pack in yards allowed, but they were in the top 10 in scoring defense. What hurt us in the playoffs was the offense couldn’t stay on the field long enough and the defense was on the field too long allowing for more mistakes. The GMs that said Atl overpaid for Julio Jones would’ve made the same move if they could’ve, and I bet if Atl could’ve used players in the trade then they would’ve. Who were we going to pick at the slot we were in that would have the potential to make the impact the JJ can? There wasn’t anybody at that spot. At best, we could’ve gotten a guy would be a situational player at best his first year or two. We have enough of those right now.

realitycheck

June 20th, 2011
5:24 pm

Terrell…….Those GM’s most certainly would not have made that move either. To give up five picks(including two first rounders) was a huge risk, though only time will tell how it plays out. The Falcon defense was an overachieving defense last year, often being protected by the offense’s excellent time of possession and being able to play most of last season with a lead. And playing against the NFC West(4-0), and those subpar offenses also helped. There was no hiding that defense against Green Bay however, as witnessed by the worst loss by a #1 seed in a divisional round playoff game in NFL history. The road just to make the playoffs will have considerably more road blocks this season, and with the NFC North replacing the NFC West on the schedule, the chances of more than one team coming out of the NFC South are much less than last year when the division nearly got three teams in.

Tommy

June 20th, 2011
6:15 pm

The more you win the harder the schedule gets. I doubt the Falcons will go 11-5 this season but, I am hoping so. GB showed them how weak the play calling is and how weak they are on defense. J. Jones will help but in this league a killer D keeps people out of the endzone and gets your team field position. That is how you win.

j

June 20th, 2011
6:19 pm

Don’t think falcons will do anything except lose important games. As long as defensive ends stay the same the falcons will be depending on a worn out Abraham to bring pressure. No pressure no pass rush equals TDs for other team

Steelers fan

June 20th, 2011
7:29 pm

I agree with the comment stated earlier. All talk, no Super Bowl wins. Super Bowl wins, that’s all that counts. My team has Six, Falcons ZERO.

Larry

June 20th, 2011
8:47 pm

Steelers fan,

I absolutely respect the Steelers’ organization and their commitment to excellence the past 4+ decades. However, personally I could never support a team who allows a rapist and female predator to quarterback their team.

How what you like to be the father of the girls he has fored himself upon?

SeenThisB4

June 20th, 2011
9:18 pm

Roddy White at #24?!

Realistically, for this list to make any kind of sense, Matt Ryan and Roddy White should have been transposed in position.

Roddy White at 24! LOL! Niced to know the NFLNetwork has a sense of humor.

Mike is back

June 20th, 2011
10:04 pm

DLed, I would like to hear from some our defensive guys…on how an exploitive offense…can allow them to play DEFENSE MORE AGGRESSIVELY…knowing we got the BIG PLAY…they want have to try to play perfect…they can play more loose.

With Jones on the opposite side of White, and Rogers in the back with Turner…we can start out in the I formation…and base on the defense…we can go four wide receiver sets…at the drop of dime…can anybody say Cheese Head…IT’S GOING TO BE A MONSTER.

Thurman Thomas was kind of right about Turner…with the weapon we have on offense now…no need for an over reliance on Turner…the rest of crap Thomas said…with all do respect…he was just pissing in the wind…You got to show me some jewelry…if you gon dogged my Boys out like that.lol

If I was Mike Smith…I would be like that Ryan guy in the NY…when they asked him about Peyton…he said…Yeah, we coming after Peyton…MSmith should say…Yeah, we gon throw the ball…and when you try to stop it…WE GON POUND YOUR ASSSSS WITH TURNER…get ready…word up!!!!!!!!!!!

We were too predictable on offense with the loss of Norwood…now teams will have to scheme for BIRDS…these ain’t yo momma Falcons.

If there is a FA this season…I believe TD will be player…Heck, he learned from the best.

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I SAID SO

June 21st, 2011
2:31 am

THIS WHOLE ARTICLE IS A JOKE! THE FALCONS SECONDARY GIVES UP A LOT OF POINTS.
PERIOD. END OF STORY!

D man

June 21st, 2011
10:13 am

White had a great year and I can’t wait until this season.