BIRDLAND — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White dropped 41 spots on “NFL Network’s The Top 100: Players of 2012” show on Wednesday.
After leading the league with 115 catches after the 2010 season, he was ranked 24th. He caught 100 passes for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns last season, but also led the league in drops with 15.
White, the controversial Twitter master and Pro Bowl receiver, was fine with being on the list, but believes he was ranked too low.
“I don’t have an argument; I’m just happy to be on this list,” White said. “But not where I’m at. I’m not happy with where I’m at on the list; I’m happy to be on the list.”
White cited his dropped passes, most of which came early in the season, for his plummet in the rankings.
“Probably the dropped passes; I led the league in drops, which is unacceptable,” White said. “I have to go out there and I have to play better, I have to hold onto the ball. But other than that, I feel like I performed well, I felt like I did pretty well this season.
“I felt that I should have been at least in the top five [wide receivers]; right now I’m fighting to be in the top 10. I’m kind of confused right now.”
White believes that adding Julio Jones last season has helped him tremendously. Jones finished with 54 catches for 959 yards and eight touchdowns while basically playing in 11 games. He missed two games and major parts of three others with hamstring injuries.
“He’s done wonders for me,” White said. “I get a lot more one-on-one coverages and things like that. And I’m mad that Julio isn’t on the list! Unless he’s ahead of me, but I’m saying that would be ridiculous [laughing]. I’m not saying that in that form or fashion because he’s going to be a great player for years to come and he’s very explosive.”
The Falcons were 13-3 in 2011 and finished 10-6 last season. The team’s three-game slide may have hurt White’s ranking.
“The schedule was a little bit harder,” White said. “Anytime you win 13 games you play all of the big dogs the following year. That was tough on us but like you said, we have to go out there and win 13, 14 [games], try to go undefeated. Maybe I’ll move up the list a little bit.”
Falcons running back Michael Turner was ranked 88 in an earlier show. White doesn’t believe the show is giving the Falcons the proper amount of respect.
“And he was third in the league in rushing,” White said. “How do you be [No. 88] on the countdown and you’re third in the league in rushing?”
White was also asked about quarterback Matt Ryan and if he was a top eight quarterback.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog