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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