Roddy White plummets 41 spots in top 100 ranking

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White did not do a flip over his current Top 100 ranking.

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White did not do a flip over his current Top 100 ranking.

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.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (front) intercepts a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in the fourth quarter. Associated Press

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (front) intercepts a pass intended for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White in the fourth quarter. Associated Press

“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.

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

“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.”

VIDEO: White’s reaction.

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.

“He’s got to be one of the top eight quarterbacks,” White said. “In this league, in the league that we play in right now, he’s got to be at least in the top eight.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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108 comments Add your comment

tp

May 17th, 2012
8:09 am

If both he and Julio are on this list next year, then Matt Ryan may have at least his first playoff win this season … perhaps a Super Bowl appearance …

Dozer

May 17th, 2012
8:19 am

We seem to be hearing “Roddy White” & “dropped” in the same sentence a lot these days……..

Falcons to Glory!

May 17th, 2012
8:23 am

He knows he has to play better and I expect him to. His confidence is a great attribute.

SeenThisB4

May 17th, 2012
8:30 am

White’s best days are behind him, he’s done. He should have just been dropped from the list.

Joey

May 17th, 2012
8:34 am

It takes more than players, tp.

Having an offense a little more updated than the “3yds and a cloud of dust” offense would be a good start. That offense will never win in the playoffs.

We will find out if that philosophy was Mularkey’s or Smith’s soon enough.

Tj

May 17th, 2012
8:35 am

He lead the leauge in drops because he lead the leauge in targets.

Big Daddy

May 17th, 2012
8:38 am

Roddy will be okay. He and Julio will be the talk of the NFL this year. That is, if Matt can connect with them. It is Matt’s accuaracy on long balls that I am concerned more about than whether Roddy or Julio will drop them.

SeenThisB4

May 17th, 2012
8:47 am

Roddy White is still a descent back up WR.

True Falcon Fan

May 17th, 2012
8:49 am

8:30 You ever think maybe on long pass plays it’s: timing, which means OL does their job, receiver runs the route on course ie TIMING, finely the receiver hopefully makes some sort of eye contact at precise moments??? === all adds up to QB & WR are in the same zone together. Granted accuracy plays a part in the completion of the play. However it’s a chain reaction that all starts with O-line right out of the shoot!

Go Falcons!

True Falcon Fan

May 17th, 2012
8:50 am

My post i meant for 8:38 Big Daddy

True Falcon Fan

May 17th, 2012
8:53 am

B4 – Roddy White back-up to who? He most certainly would not be a back-up on your team!

redcoat

May 17th, 2012
8:55 am

Seen………Which Seen is this today?……..worried about Roddy?

Michael M.

May 17th, 2012
9:16 am

Got to catch more passes Roddy !

Whats up with Drew Breeze on his contract negotiations ? The Aints trying to slip one over on the Chump?

whadda ya know?

May 17th, 2012
9:28 am

**Yawning** This is meaningless drivel. Roddy has had the dropsies most of his career. He had one strong year, but like the rest of the team, he’s been inconsistent.

Hans Kershaw

May 17th, 2012
9:34 am

At least Roddy sticks up for himself and his teammates. That’s more than a lot of the Falcons can say (and more than the entire Hawks team can say).

Beckzhere

May 17th, 2012
9:39 am

Perennial Pro Bowler…Nuff said.

Gamer

May 17th, 2012
9:44 am

RODDY WHITE IS STILL PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL…..

THE FALCONS SHOULD CONSIDER DONOVAN MCNAAB FOR QB BACK-UP…..

THE INFAMOUS DK

May 17th, 2012
9:44 am

SHUT up and Play Roddy. Shut it up and play. Let your on the field play speak for you.

Derp

May 17th, 2012
9:45 am

Roddy is our best offensive player. He led the league in drops…yet he still led us in receptions, and how many times did he save us on third down? I love the guy. He’ll prove his doubters wrong.

SeenThisB4

May 17th, 2012
9:48 am

@redcoat: I’m the original STB4, the authentic STB4, the STB4 with a singular point of view.
@Michael M: The Saints will get to Drew Brees’ contract when they get to it, they’ve been busy setting the foundation for their Super Bowl run. Hold your horses,he’ll be the best paid NFL QB in due time.
@True falcan’t fan: You are correct, Roddy would be cut if he tried out for the Saints.

Mike is Back

May 17th, 2012
9:56 am

Dled, can’t really argue with the NFL network on White…if they are looking at the total impact a players has on the game…they got it right…he had some critical drops last season…he kind of started running his mouth too much.

White needs to stay TF off twitter and concentrate on not just being in the top 5 of WRs, but strive to be the number one WR in the league…that all to keep him busy.lol

True Falcon Fan

May 17th, 2012
10:00 am

SeenThisB4
May 17th, 2012
9:48 am

@True falcan’t fan: You are correct, Roddy would be cut if he tried out for the Saints.

No – Nope – Nodda, Never Happen – firstly RW would not even entertain a opportunity to be with the Ain’ts – plus no reason to even keep-up with Ain’ts this season they certainly signed-off their fate – as it’s said and done they will only be half the team they were last season & my opinion they might win 6 games this upcoming season. That’s too bad – because i like the Coach Sean, #9 and few others. B4 you need to find a team to love this upcoming season, it may as well be the FALCONS!

Go Falcons!

SimpleDawg

May 17th, 2012
10:07 am

Really? The only surprise is that he’s still in the top 100.

It never fails….when you start running your mouth excessively, that becomes your main claim to fame.

Jeff B

May 17th, 2012
10:23 am

Seen, do you even hear yourself? Really man, try harder.

Delbert D.

May 17th, 2012
10:31 am

Just shut up and play, Roddy. Stop talking about where you are ranked.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
10:36 am

Delbert D. – You stop that. We need Roddy talking. I had Sterling Sharpe and he never talked. I prefer a talker, who occassionally puts his foot in his mouth. Let Roddy talk.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
10:38 am

Mike is Back — His production is awesome. 100 catches!!! I think he got robbed. Should have been top 40 or top 30!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
10:41 am

THE INFAMOUS DK — I’m going to defend Roddy’s talking because he doesn’t run and hide on bad days. He’s out to speak — rain, sleet or snow. We need that. FREE SPEECH FOR RODDY!!! (Hate the dudes who hide when things aren’t going well.)

MR. ATL

May 17th, 2012
10:42 am

Pay no mind to the senseless Saints*** troll. Roddy White should be the least of a Saints*** fan’s worries. How about figuring out if you’ll have Brees starting this season. According to Chase…..he’s already priming himself.

http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2012/05/drew_brees_backup_chase_daniel.html

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
10:43 am

whadda ya know? – Get some coffee and wake up!!!

MR. ATL

May 17th, 2012
10:44 am

And DLED as you said….Roddy is the same Roddy win – lose – draw. That’s admirable. People say they don’t like him talking…..but let the man speak. And besides…..atleast he’s productive. He could be a talker and be an Ochocinco. Roddy’s that dude and yes he got robbed. Just like Turner Da Burner got Robbed. 88 but you are 3rd in rushing yards. C’MON SON!!!!!!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
10:45 am

Seen – Have you seen this —->>> Brees told Saints “SHOW ME THE MONEY!!” No Quan for Brees. http://www.ajc.com/sports/brees-critical-of-saints-1439050.html

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
10:51 am

Dozer – He caught 215 passes the past two seasons.

Stolies7

May 17th, 2012
10:56 am

I actually like the posts from STB4 … atleast the Original Recipe STB4. It’s the ultimate respect a Saints fan can pay to the Falcons, showing that what is written about our team matters to Saints fans on a daily basis. Keep ‘em comin’ STB4 … you are hilarious! :-)

RobbE33

May 17th, 2012
11:08 am

Roddy is entertaining in a good-hearted, albeit, goofy sort of way. As soon as he figures out that it’s not about him, but his talent, he’ll be better off.

rollo lawson

May 17th, 2012
11:13 am

If Peyton Manning ranks anywhere in the Top 100, the list is bogus. This crap is based off the team’s performance, if anything. Don’t believe me. Watch all of the Top 30 players be from playoff teams. The NFL Network needs programming to fill the gap between the draft and training camp. They get on my nerves with some of this crap.

rollo lawson

May 17th, 2012
11:16 am

And Roddy White is the least of this team’s worries. I’m more concerned with the development of Matt Ryan. Contrary to popular belief, the verdict is still out on this cat. Stats are one thing, but winning in the post season is the true measure of greatness.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 17th, 2012
11:18 am

rollo lawson — PREACH Rollo, Preach!!!

bsg3003

May 17th, 2012
11:38 am

Hey Dled where’s Matt Ryan on this list?

and isn’t Roddy like our #1 receiver of all time? He should be higher, much higher. I mean the guy led the LEAGUE in catches and went like 6 games without a drop two years ago, just because he had a sorta bad year (100 catches and 1,000 yards nothing to scoff at) doesn’t mean he should drop 40 spots!! thats crazy!

just sayin'

May 17th, 2012
11:47 am

is next year a contract yea for ‘rodney’?….maybe he won’t drop as many next year…that is, if they are longer than 8 yds….

redcoat

May 17th, 2012
11:50 am

Seen…….I ask that because there is a pattern of when you really go off, and it’s not good, that you come back claiming it was someone else.

rollo lawson

May 17th, 2012
12:09 pm

Dled or anybody.

Please find out how many passes Roddy dropped during the 2010 season when he was ranked 24th. I’m sure the findings will be interesting.

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Statick

May 17th, 2012
1:13 pm

The reason he dropped is because he drops balls. He mouth doesn’t help him either. Roddy should let his hands do the talking on the field instead of on his Twitter account. STFU and play, Roddy. Just STFU and play.

SirReal

May 17th, 2012
2:17 pm

@Statick I guess we should let all our guys continue to be faceless, dull guys huh? Every team needs a guy with a lil charisma every once in a while. :) Its not like our guy is Freddie Mitchell.lol He can back up a lot of what he says on the field. Sure he had some missed drops. Who cares? Ask Wes Welker. He’s a perennial 100 catch guy. I’m sure he has dropped his share.LOL I’m actualyl glad we have a guy who stands out. We’re good on the field but honestly pretty bland off of it.

Statick

May 17th, 2012
2:29 pm

Charisma? Until they start showing up in playoff games and actually win one instead of lying down and losing, then I could care less how more or less charismatic our guys are. So until Roddy the Twitter King learns how to show up in big games, get open and catch balls that hit him in his hands, my opinion of him stays the same. STFU and play.

Terrell

May 17th, 2012
3:04 pm

For all those telling Roddy to be quiet and just play how about you be quiet and just watch the game. As you all would say he gets paid to play football and you all pay to WATCH him play. If you don’t want him to comment on how he feels then you should follow suit and not comment everytime he does something you don’t like.

Joe Tess Fish House

May 17th, 2012
3:05 pm

I done told U all he aint nuttin but a thug. The worse ting is he drops 2 many balls. Even the phot show him dropping a passs.

E LOVE

May 17th, 2012
3:31 pm

O LEDBETTER: Do you think MATT RYAN is on the list. I think he misses the list this year. your thoughts?

Michael M.

May 17th, 2012
3:36 pm

The only Super Bowl run the Saints are planning is to be sure to make the connections to get the best tickets at the end of the Season cause they aint doing nuthin this year ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !