Atlanta Falcons: Roddy White has fully recovered from his knee injury

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White ran for a 39-yard touchdown during the second quarter against Detroit on a screen pass. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White ran for a 39-yard touchdown during the second quarter against Detroit on a screen pass. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is over the knee injury that slowed him down late in the season.

He didn’t practice before the final three games, but answered the bell in each one like he has in every game since being drafted in 2005.

“It’s feeling good,” White said of the right knee. “I think the second week was really the turning point for everything. I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel like I can move around and do lateral movements and stuff like that instead of just running straight.”

White didn’t like missing practices, but he was determined not to miss any games.

“It’s was a whole different kind of week,” White said. “I was just prepared physically and mentally to go out there and have a good game.”

Despite another sparkling season, White was not selected to his fifth straight Pro Bowl. Second-year wide receiver Julio Jones did make the Pro Bowl team.

White had more catches and yards receiving than Jones, but Jones caught 10 touchdown passes to White’s seven. They combined for 171 catches, 2,549 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns.

“I probably would have been (ticked off) if neither one of us made it,” White said. “When I saw that he made it, I was a little more at ease.”

White senses that the Falcons are ready to have some success in the playoffs.

“I think every player on this team has progressed,” White said. “Two years ago, William Moore was in his second-year. Thomas (DeCoud) was his third-year in the league. Everybody was learning on the run, trying to figure things out in the league. Now everybody has got it. They’ve figured it out. They know what it takes to win. We are not doing a lot of the young things we used to do to lose games.”



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35 comments Add your comment

falconfreak

January 5th, 2013
5:29 pm

first time first! rise up baby! 8 more days is toooooo long.

Starship 1

January 5th, 2013
7:13 pm

A.J. Green IMHO isn’t better than Julio or Roddy. Julio is the better physical WR. Can’t touch Roddy, either. Just sayin

Ken

January 5th, 2013
10:18 pm

Roddy is a great WR. A guy that loves to play the game and plays hurt..Thanks Roddy I enjoy watching you play…Best of luck in the playoffs!!

David Smith

January 5th, 2013
11:06 pm

Roddy has always been a fierce competitor so him toughing it our playing with a injury is no surprise. We should be near full strength with Willy Mo (and hopefully Abraham) back in the lineup next week so let’s Rise Up next week!!!

Loyalfalconfrmthemississippi

January 6th, 2013
12:12 am

Julio is definately better than aj, juliohas that physical ability to create separation, or go up and make that near impossible catch that only the freaks can do. Roddy is the most dependable reciever in the league

bullrusher1

January 6th, 2013
12:18 am

Julio has more strength than AJ, and he has the knowledge to stretch out the ball when going Dow. With his wingspan, that’s about an extra yard. Plus Julio is winning the jump ball this year, and Roddy must have shown him some toe-tapping lessons, cuz both have been great this year.

Whiznot

January 6th, 2013
3:45 am

Roddy will show the world that he is the most reliable NFL receiver. Mr. Clutch is ready to fly with talons snagging every ball. Falcons playoffs are going to be awesome fun!

Samuel

January 6th, 2013
6:20 am

I saw a glimps of his speed in that screen play for a touchdown. Now we know he can go all out. If Washington can’t beat Seattle,it might arguably be, the best two top corners against the best wide receiver tandem in football. I know one thing, if the Falcons play their game- they are exciting to watch.

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
9:10 am

“Everybody was learning on the run, trying to figure things out in the league. Now everybody has got it. They’ve figured it out.”

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Fantastic Roddy, now you and the Falcons take us to the FOOTBALL PROMISED LAND….!!!!

………………………………………..BRING US HOME A LOMBARDI!!

Esquire

January 6th, 2013
9:11 am

WE ARE THE MIGHTY MIGHTY FALCONS!!!

Tree

January 6th, 2013
10:05 am

I feel Smitty’s job is on the line if we dump next week’s game because Abe was less than 100% to create the pass rush. I hope that gaffe from that meaningless Tampa game doesn’t end his run with us, because he is the best coach we have ever had.

[...] Falcons WR Roddy White of his knee, “It’s feeling good. I think the second week was really the turning point for everything. I feel a lot more comfortable. I feel like I can move around and do lateral [...]

thejama

January 6th, 2013
11:07 am

Really glad roddy is good to go. Mostly concerned about our defenses ability to generate a pass rush if at all against whoever we play. We can get by w/out a strong run game. We earned the bye week and we get to be rested…

[...] Roddy White also declaring himself recovered from knee troubles, it doesn’t look like the offense will be ailing either when the Falcons try [...]

veedub

January 6th, 2013
12:33 pm

@Tree. Smitty’s job is not on the line… Are you serious?????

italian_29

January 6th, 2013
3:01 pm

The Falcons aren’t getting any respect. All of the “experts” are still having their Rogers, Brady, & Manning lovefest. There isn’t a single pick for the Falcons on nfl.com, most have the Bronco and Pack as their pick. Go Falcons, make believers out of them.

miss Dirty Bird

January 6th, 2013
4:33 pm

Praise The Lord Roddy will be on top of tha game come next Sunday!!! RISE UP! Lombardy bound baby!! Dirty Bird Nation!!!!! Hooo-tay hooo!

phil

January 6th, 2013
4:46 pm

We’re doomed….

oldbird

January 6th, 2013
5:09 pm

Hope Roddy goes for 200 yards and 3 TD’s next week. As much as I love Julio, Roddy should be the pro bowler. Hopefully, it won’t matter because we will still be playing. GO FALCONS!

Barry

January 6th, 2013
6:29 pm

Hey Y’all :

We need to “SMACK” every team in the face on every down when they step into the Georgia Dome. Our Falcons need to JUMP ON THEM AND PLAY ” FAST AND FURIOUS” for 4 quarters , each game. We need to STRIKE FEAR” in these players when they come to “OUR HOUSE: THE GEORGIA DOME. Our Falcons will be “and Ready. WE, THE FANS, WILL BE NASTY AND READY TOO. So don’t sit back these. upcoming weekends watching our FALCONS. IT’S. TIME TO ‘RISE UP”!!! IT’S TIME TO “RISE UP!!” IN “ONE HEARTBEAT!!”. THUMP!!!! We will “RISE UP!’ in “OUR HOUSE: THE GEORGIA DOME!!!!

NOW, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???!!! WELL, I DAMN SURE AM. LET:S DO THIS. LET’S DO THIS IN ” ONE HEARTBEAT!!”

The “PROCESS” continues to the SUPER BOWL!!!

GO FALCONS!!!!!! “RISE UP!!!”. WE “RISE UP!!” IN “ONE.HEARTBEAT!!!”

SSSSSSSSHHHHHHH!!!!!!
This is a SECRET from a FALCON FAN. TELL EVERYBODY!!!!

…………….”ONE HEARTBEAT, BABY!!!!….

CHIP KELLY

January 6th, 2013
7:26 pm

I HOPE FALCONS 1 AND DONE AGAIN THIS YEAR AND MATT RYAN CAN COME TO PHILA,

okeetee!

January 6th, 2013
7:28 pm

Well, we’ve got the Sea Hawks. We’ve beaten them the last two times we’ve played them both in Seattle. I like our chances. At home, fast track and we’ve got the passing game to score points on them. Probably going to be a shootout. We might need a couple of turnovers to move on. Rookie quarterback played well today, but our building will be louder.

stephen

January 6th, 2013
7:28 pm

here come the Seahawks. Don’t see how we can keep their D-line off of Matt Ryan nor do I see how our D can contain Lynch, he is a beast.

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
7:28 pm

Looks like Seattle is coming to Atlanta next week. Let’s give Wilson a rude NFL welcome to the dome!! :)

OHLORD

January 6th, 2013
7:58 pm

Falcons always seem to get the really hot team. I don’t see us beating Seattle. Their D is much better than ours!

MarkATL

January 6th, 2013
8:01 pm

I don’t see a ROOKIE QB beating a #1 SEED. PERIOD!!!

Rick in Warner Robins

January 6th, 2013
8:08 pm

The greatest receivers in the world won’t do the Falcons a bit of good if the offensive line can’t pass block. Matt Ryan is constantly running for his life which is going to cause next Sunday to be a long, long day against the Seahawks. They can’t run the ball, can’t put a pass rush on an opposing quarterback and can’t defend against the pass. As much as I hate to say it, unless the Falcons play above their abilities, they will be one and done in the playoffs.

jawill85

January 6th, 2013
8:33 pm

For all y’all so call critic’s ready to had the Seahawks this game? What football game are you guy’s watching? Seattle vastly over rated had RGIII been healthy they would have killed Seattle point blank! I’m saying this right with all this constant disrespect the falcons are going to beat the hell out of seattle!
ATL 34 SEA 10

I usually just read but...

January 7th, 2013
8:43 am

I like most of the matchups with this team. Especially our O and their D. Lynch will give us a few problems early but if Spoon can get a couple good hits on him he’ll slow down, get cautious. Same for Wilson, I don’t think he’ll he’ll see the second half if he tries much running. Mobile OB’s do give us problems but remember what happened to RG3 when we played Wash. He’s still stinging.

[...] Atlanta Falcons: Roddy White has fully recovered from his knee injury | Atlanta Falcons FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is over the knee injury that slowed him down late in the season. He didn’t practice before the final three games, but answered the bell in each one like he has in every game since being drafted in 2005. [...]

Joshua Brown

January 7th, 2013
1:39 pm

LETS GO!!!!! Falcons fans we need to rise up and make some noise on Sunday. Let’s get that GA DOME rocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 RISE UP

Joshua Brown

January 7th, 2013
1:39 pm

LETS GO!!!!! Falcons fans we need to rise up and make some noise on Sunday. Let’s get that GA DOME rocking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 RISE UP

jase

January 7th, 2013
2:12 pm

this is all over come sunday for seattle. it’s been a great run for them and they will have nothing to hang their heads over. but there is no way they win sunday. let’s be honest here people.

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