Is Roddy White a Top Five Receiver?

Is #84 an Elite Wide Receiver? 

White a Top 5? (Jason Getz/AJC)

You know we’re in the midst of the summer doldrums of no football when the topic is about Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White. The WR has been nothing short of fantastic, going over 1,100 yards receiving three years in a row and making the Pro Bowl the last two years. Simply put, he’s one of the best wide receivers in the league, a consummate teammate and leader, and one of the core members of the Falcons franchise. Lucky for fans, White is locked up pretty much for his career since he inked his 6 year, $48 million dollar extension last August (some sites have him signing for $50 million). The question to ponder today is not if White is an excellent player, but rather if he is a top 5 wide receiver in the entire NFL and if he isn’t than what areas can he improve on. Remember that White only made the Pro Bowl this year because Sidney Rice elected not to participate and he became the alternate (even though there were major arguments that he should have made it outright). The Falcons wide receiver is being paid as a top five receiver (making only less than Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Smith), but is he worth it? Time for debate……..

Early Struggles, Top Flight Since

Roddy White definitely had his share of struggles after being drafted 27th overall by the Falcons in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama-Birmingham. White had a pretty decent rookie year where he started only 8 games, but came away with almost 450 yards and 3 TDs. There were whispers from his very first year that White had a serious problem with drops, but most believed that it was simply rookie jitters. #84 then had a very down year in 2006 where he inexplicably only started 5 games, caught no touchdowns, and had multiple drops throughout the year. After taking some criticism on not living up to his draft status, White blew up for over 1,200 yards and 6 touchdowns during the debacle that was the 2007 season and hauling in passes from the likes of Joey Harrington and Byron Leftwich. White continued his stellar play hitting a record 1,382 yards receiving with 7 touchdowns during the magical 11-5 turnaround and unquestionably making the Pro Bowl. After holding out and getting a new contract, White came back strong and had perhaps his best campaign grabbing 11 touchdowns and going over 1,100 yards three seasons in a row. #84 had perhaps his best year this past season considering that he was double-covered pretty much all season with only Tony Gonzalez taking any heat off of him and being a legitimate threat.

Wide Receiver Rankings According to NFL.com

1) Andre Johnson – 101 rec – 1,569 yds – 9 TDs

2) Wes Welker – 123 rec – 1,348 yds – 4 TDs

3) Miles Austin – 81 rec – 1,320 yds – 11 TDs

4) Sidney Rice – 83 rec – 1,312 yds – 8 TDs

5) Randy Moss – 83 rec – 1,264 yds – 13 TDs

6) Reggie Wayne – 100 rec – 1,264 yds – 10 TDs

7) Santonio Holmes – 79 rec – 1,248 yds – 5 TDs

8.) Steve Smith – 107 rec – 1,220 yds – 7 TDs

9) Vincent Jackson – 68 rec – 1,167 yds – 9 TDs

10) Hines Ward – 95 rec – 1,167 yds – 6 TDs

11) DeSean Jackson – 62 rec – 1,156 yds – 9 TDs

12) Roddy White – 85 rec – 1,153 yds – 11 TDs

15) Larry Fitzgerald – 97 rec – 1,092 yds – 13 TDs

Roddy White’s 2009 Campaign according to ProFootballFocus.com

Snaps – 989

Overall Comprehensive Ranking – 31st (+1.5 Rating)

Receiving Rank – 16th (9.7 Rating)

Blocking Rank – 45th (-1.0 Rating)

Penalty Rank – 76th out of 78 WR’s (-7.0)

Reception Percentage – 56th (55.9%)

Yards After Catch – 12th (399)

YAC per Reception – 29th (4.7 yds)

Dropped Passes – 49th (6 Drops)

Broken Tackles – 40th (5)

What Makes a Top Flight Wide Receiver?

Much of the discussion on where to rank Roddy White hinges on what you define as a great receiver. Is it the receiver who makes the most yards? If so, than Roddy White did was just outside the top 10 this year, but ranked 4th overall in the NFL just last year. Is a great receiver defined by touchdowns? If so, Roddy White was one of the absolute best this year tied for 3rd in all of the NFL with 11 TDs. For most, it’s probably somewhere in between and this doesn’t even factor in what kind of offense the team runs, the level of play of the quarterback, and tons of other variables that exist.

Top, but Not Elite….Yet

Roddy White is absolutely one of the best wide receivers in the entire NFL, but currently he’s a top 10 receiver and hasn’t cracked the top 5 at least yet anyway. White is quickly moving up the charts and three straight seasons of over 1,100 yards shows he’s one of the best, but not the very best. Is White on the level of Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, and Larry Fitzgerald? Numbers so far say no, particularly with White’s fairly poor blocking skills and the opportunities he has, being the 3rd most targeted wide receiver, and only coming away with just above 50 in terms of reception percentage (number of times WR is thrown at compared with number of receptions – 55.9%). Compare that with Steve Smith’s catch percentage, 70.9, and the fact that he had much more issues with his quarterback and its not so easy to it was all Matt Ryan’s fault. Some will also say that the Falcons receiver is hurt in that stats department because they’re a run-first team. For all intensive purposes, so are the Minnesota Vikings and Sidney Rice well above White in almost every category. White’s right on the cusp of being in the top 5, but he needs to work on his blocking, catching, and penalties.

Ridiculous Argument…..Not Even Close

Stats, stats, stats. Roddy White is one of the best receivers in the game, period. Yes, he may be right outside the top 5 in several rankings, but the Falcons aren’t the Colts or Saints because they are a run first team. White has gone over 1,100 yards for three straight seasons earning two Pro Bowl selections. After being tied for 3rd among all receivers in terms of TDs and having more receiving yards than Larry Fitzgerald, White shouldn’t have even had to wait on being an alternate. The Pro Bowl selections always favor the “hot” teams and that appropriately followed with the selections of Miles Austin and Sidney Rice. This is the same Pro Bowl committee who selected Jason Witten over Tony Gonzalez for goodness sake. Throw in the fact that #84 was double-covered all year, had no other aerial weapon than Gonzalez, and Matt Ryan had a sophomore slump by all standards, and it’s pretty unbelievable that he did as well as he did. White ranked 3rd in TDs of the entire NFL and 4th in yards receiving in the entire NFL just last year. Almost every receiver above White in terms of yards runs a much more wide open offense (Cowboys, Colts, Texans, Patriots, etc.) and don’t rely on the running game near as much as the Falcons do. White has succeeded despite the train wreck of 2007 with Harrington and Leftwich and endured the step back from second year QB Ryan. Roddy White is by far and away a top five receiver and has proved it over a 3 year period.

Your Turn

-What’s your thoughts on Roddy White?

-Simply put, is #84 a top five receiver?

-Give your list of the top 5 receivers in the entire NFL?

-What does the Falcons WR need to improve?

-Are lower stats due to the offense, no other threats, or something else?

-Does Roddy’s low catch percentage an area for concern?

 

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141 comments Add your comment

Truth

June 23rd, 2010
11:43 pm

No he’s not a top 5 WR and it’s stupid to suggest. Top 10 arguable. Roll out a good column while DLed is hibernating.

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D3

June 24th, 2010
12:04 am

Truth — Thanks for the compliment. Why don’t you elaborate instead of giving mono-syllabic responses. I happen to agree with you that he’s probably top ten, but he did in fact finish top 5 in yards last year and top 5 in TDs this year.

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Sarah B

June 24th, 2010
12:26 am

D3 Truth was way to harsh, ignore him.

robertussen

June 24th, 2010
12:36 am

if i remember correctly white finished with the most catches from a wr on either team. hes one of the best

robertussen

June 24th, 2010
12:37 am

for the pro bowl that is

Ed

June 24th, 2010
2:08 am

Keep it coming D3…you are an endless well of top notch information. In this particular case, I don’t feel as if you are giving enough weight to the stats provided by profootballfocus.com. As you have said many times before they are the best site for informative stats on players. Looking at the stats provided, Roddy’s not even a top twenty receiver. I am wondering what your thoughts are on that…

Box

June 24th, 2010
4:15 am

D3,
Thank you for your endless presentation of great discussion topics.You are THE MAN!!!
Not top five, a stretch to make top ten. Part of the test for a top flight receiver is consistentcy year to year. That has yet to be established.

The Real Falcon

June 24th, 2010
6:41 am

SirReal

June 24th, 2010
8:02 am

Top ten yes. Top 5 no.

Infamous

June 24th, 2010
8:30 am

Roddy White is definitely a top 5 receiver in this league. Stats do not tell the tale for this sort of listing. It should more about how valuable the WR is to his team. I can give you Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, and Larry Fitzgerald as better WRs, but that is it. No other WR is “better” that White.

Plus, other factors come into play. Threats from other WRs on the helps, but Mike Jenkins does not fit that category. I am amazed how Roddy is still able to get open with all of the brackets and double teams he has to fight, since teams are not worried about MJ, especially when he drops touchdowns and wide open 20+ yard gainers. For example, we are a run first team, in which there are not many like us left in the league. Look at the percentage of passes thrown for teams like the Eagles, Texans, Colts, Cardinals, Chargers, even Steelers (the 2009 version) etc. vs the Falcons. That is a big key also. I bet half of that list of WRs would be disgruntled if the offense ran as much as we do. Roddy understands his role on our team and takes full advantage of his opportunities. Also, I do not like these one-year-wonders on the list, Show me someone who has been doing this three years or more. They should have a least 2 seasons to be put on the Top 5 list, otherwise just base it off the current year, such as Best of 2009.

Big Mike

June 24th, 2010
8:47 am

White has to improve his blocking skills and he will be fine, I see him going over a thousand yards again and making the pro bowl. Remember we rum first and our quarterback is still learning. Go Falcons

Hamp

June 24th, 2010
9:44 am

Since we are a run first team. I would say Roddy is a very good WR. Other than Gonzo we didn’t have a threat. Teams double team him and scheme for him so he is top ten. It is up to him if he cracks the top 5. I think he will this year. This team will take a giant step toward the top tier of the NFl this year.

D3

June 24th, 2010
9:58 am

Good Thursday Morn’ Cage! — As expected, we got some great insights and convos about one Mr. Roddy White.

Sarah B. — Thanks. Guess, the “truth” set him free since he hasn’t responded.

robertussen — Definitely. We got one of the best franchise WR’s in the game and just imagine how good he might be with a legit threat opposite him in the WR corps.

Ed — I know. I guess that I try to be as objective as possible because I love the ProFootballFocus stats, but many don’t get into all the stats, so I try to look at both sides. That being said, White does have to improve his blocking in particular and cut way down on his penalties. His rank would’ve been much higher had he not been next to dead last in penalties committed. He’s also got to improve his catch percentage. Some of that was surely Matt Ryan’s fault and the fault of the offense as a whole to be diverse in play-calling, but Steve Smith had a 70% rating with Shakey Jake Delhomme throwing to him. There is surely room for improvement, but a complementary receiver (be that HD, Jenks, or someone else) would surely help.

Box — Great point! That’s one reason that I think Roddy is well above guys like Austin Miles and Sidney Rice, but just short of guys like Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, and Reggie Wayne. I think another year or two of the same production, along with some help at WR, and he’ll be top 5.

Sir Real — Agreed. I think he’s right there on the cusp, maybe 7 or 8, but not quite top 5 just yet.

Infamous — Excellent points. That’s a major part I’m torn on, because stats don’t tell the whole story. As you said, the Cardinals and Patriots would lose a lot, but they would be OK if Randy Moss and Larry Fitzgerald were out, because (at that point anyway) Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston are capable and Wes Welker was as productive as Moss. If you take Roddy White off the field for the Falcons, Matt Ryan has Tony Gonzalez, Tony Gonzalez, and Tony Gonzalez. Jenks is anything but special, HD was hurt, Booker was awful, and Weems blew a huge chance. He does exceptionally well in a run-first team and was our only threat when the run game stalled last year. Superb points all around.

Big Mike — Spot on. One of the big reasons he wasn’t ranked higher was due to his blocking skills and mass amount of penalties. He’s one of the best young WR’s in the game and he’ll continue to prove it.

CBrass

June 24th, 2010
10:16 am

D3,

Great job as usual. The best think that happened to Roddy was that athlete who played QB leaving town. Since then Roddy has only had 3 straight seasons where he’s had 1,000+ receiving yards. Also the fact that the plays in a run first offense also speaks volumes. Just imagine what he would do if he had a legit number 2 opposite him. In saying that I think that Roddy is a top ten receiver with the ability of becoming a top five once Mad Mike open up the play book.

Rikus

June 24th, 2010
10:34 am

The more I see those profootballfocus stats quoted in articles, the less I think of them. 31st overall?? C’mon man! That’s crap… a WR’s job is primarily to produce for his team. White does that. Improving blocking and reducing penalties would be great, but it’s tangental. Why is White a consensus Top-10 WR in fantasy football drafts? Because he gets the job done – catches, yards, and touchdowns. What more could you ask for?

South ga boy in the ATL

June 24th, 2010
10:43 am

D III, I agree that Roddy is a top ten WR in the league, just not quite top 5. statistics can say whatever the protagonist wants them to say so I base my pointof view on the tried and true “eye ball test.” IMO Moss, Fitzgerald, Wayne, and Johnson are all taller and more physical, without losing anything in speed, than Roddy and I would have to take those 4 over him. And Desean Jackson and S. Holmes are bigger playmakers and maybe just a tad faster or more ellusive than Roddy and while it’s very close I would rank them just ahead of Roddy. I wouldn’t take either one over Roddy because they are “head cases” and he is not. So I would rank our No. 1
WR as the 7th best in the NFL. Keep up the good work. Ignore “the truth”. He’s just plain rude, and ugly too. Lol

D3

June 24th, 2010
11:03 am

Rikus — I see what you’re saying and if you boil down the list to players that only played over 800 snaps, than he’s ranked 20th (tied with Calvin Johnson), but the reason I use them is because it gives much more of an overall picture of the player and is the closest thing to including tangibles. It includes receiving, blocking, penalties, yards after catch, broken tackles, fumbles, reception percentage, drops, yards, TDs, and fumbles. If you go and look at most fantasy projections, it lines up pretty good. Not saying that many of those guys probably weren’t one year flukes (Austin, Rice, Sims-Walker), but many of them are the same receivers that typically rank ahead of Roddy such as Fitzgerald, S.Smith, Moss, Wayne, A.Johnson, and Greg Jennings. I see what you’re saying though, sometimes there is a stat overload; but looking at his reception percentage only, he’s still tied for 10th with Brandon Marshall. Like I’ve said, I think he’s top 10 (like 7th or 8th) but not quite top 5 yet, JMHO.

South Ga Boy — Thanks. I agree 100% with you. I’d say he’s right around that 7th or 8th slot, which matches up well with most of the stats, even excluding one-year wonders like Sidney Rice and Miles Austin.

Bighurt

June 24th, 2010
11:05 am

I will have to put in the Top 5 or say he is 5 or 6. If you at the last 3 years the top 10 has changed many times. But some constant names have been there, and Roddy is one of those names. I think he is right there at the top, if he is not number 5, he is right there at #6. Another good year, I will have to say he is top 5.

John Waynesworld

June 24th, 2010
11:07 am

Good job, D3.

The reality is that a receiver, no matter how good, is limited to only catching what is thrown his way. The 2006 and 2007 seasons were evidence of that. Roddy is definitely a top 10 receiver on the wrong type of team (run-first, developing QB), if we use stats as the only measuring stick of an elite WR.

Imagine the possibilities (which we soon will) of Roddy playing with a productive verticle passing game. If Roddy was on the Vikings last year with Brett Favre, I believe they would have won the SuperBowl. Speaking of the Vikings, from the several games I saw last year, D3, they sure didn’t act like a run first team. Favre was throwing dump passes every other play or bootlegging out of a run formations. I remember wondering if AP was hurt, but Brett was just doing his wild west show, as usual.

Roddy is actually the #1 in this book I got around here somewhere (written by me, of course).

Bighurt

June 24th, 2010
11:13 am

Roddy down year in 2009, I think was a change in the offense. We lost the big play. We didn’t go deep enough. Here are some stats in 2007 Roddy had 19 — 20+ yard plays 2 — 40+ yard plays, 2008 18 — 20+ yards 4 —- 40+ yards, and in 2009 13 — 20+ yard plays and 4 — 40+ yards plays. And 1 of the 40+ was on a short pass that was turned into a 90 yard play. For some reason the offense went from deep passing attack to short passing attack. You can see it in Ryan’s yard per attempt numbers also. Maybe the o-line protection had a lot to do with that.

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uga_b

June 24th, 2010
11:45 am

I think Roddy is top 5 based on physical talent behind Fitz, Marshall, A. Johnson, D. Jackson. He is a big, fast man that can get off jams and run by you. Big target. The run-blocking doesn’t worry me because look at who was back there. His 2 biggest improvement areas are catching the ball and YAC.

As I see it:

Receivers (Young):
1-Larry Fitzgerald
2-Brandon Marshall (has all the tools but is a nut)
3-Andre Johnson
4-Reggie Wayne (may be old)
5-Roddy White
6-Marques Colston
7-Sidney Rice
8-Desean Jackson (big play over consistency)
9-Chad Ochocinco
10-Santonio Holmes

Receivers who I think are too old but good:
Randy Moss
Steve Smith
Vincent Jackson

Wildcards:
Wes Welker – Is the best recevier but is not traditional body type
Miles Austin – One year of production

Infamous

June 24th, 2010
12:34 pm

@uga_b: I completely forgot about Marshall. I would have to put him ahead of White also. I would have to say Top 5 are as follows: (1) Johnson (2) Fitzgerald (3) Moss (4) Marshall (5) White. I think White barely edges out (6) Wayne at this stage of their careers. Based on last year, I can not tell if Wayne has lost a half step or if he is not nearly needed as much based on the talent acquired around P. Manning. But at the current stage of all their careers, IMO, I think my list is accurate.

John Waynesworld

June 24th, 2010
12:39 pm

Some thoughts on WRs:

1-Brandon Marshall – New QB this year, seems to make any QB look “great”. Lucky Henne.
2-Randy Moss – Say what you want…Go ahead. If I gotta have it, it goes to him.
3-Andre Johnson – Great, Great, Great. Makes Schaub look too good.
4-Larry Fitzgerald – Might have a serious drop off this year (see Matt Leinart).
5-Steve Smith – Pound 4 Pound the best. Outperforms triple-teams consistently.
6-Roddy White – “The Smilin’ Blazer”. All he needs is the ball more.
7-Marques Colston – Thank Drew Brees for this ranking.
8-Sidney Rice – Definitely thank Brett for his downfield chuck n’ ducks. Great hands and body positioning.
9-Chad Ochocinco – Needs a big year from Palmer.
10-Santonio Holmes – Sanchez’ “sophomore slump” may affect Holmes’ production. So may the play calling, with so many new weapons.
11-Wes Welker – If he was taller he’d be top 5.
12-Lee Evans – Unsung Illini deep threat, cursed with mediocre (or worse) QBs.
13-Miles Austin – He’s got the tools and the team, but the newly drafted phenom may take away his yards.
14-Vincent Jackson – Makes Rivers look better than he really is.
15-Peerless Price – Just kidding lol.

John Waynesworld

June 24th, 2010
12:43 pm

Lee Evans – Wisconsin, oops.

Troy Heinzman

June 24th, 2010
1:02 pm

This is a really good piece D3 and it’s something most NFL fans outside of Atlanta probably don’t even consider. Yet when you look at the numbers and the value he brings to his team, he IS a top 5 receiver in the league. Since 2007, I think only Reggie Wayne and the NE receivers (Moss, Welker) have been better. Yes, that means he’s been better than Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, etc. It’s not a popular opinion, but Atlanta is lucky to have him.

FalconFanSinceFOREVER

June 24th, 2010
1:02 pm

Yes Roddy White is an Elite NFL Receiver. He and Matt Ryan are the combo of Manning and Harrison a little while back. Not saying that Ryan nor White is on the level of Manning or Harrison just yet, but they will get there. White has received for over 1,000 yards the past 3 seasons and since Matt Ryan has gotten here, he’s been one of the best. He’s underrated because we’ve never been on a stage where he could be notice (I.E. Super Bowl, Divisional Round, NFC Title Game, etc). As soon as we hit those stages, he will start to get some recognition.

Birdman

June 24th, 2010
3:08 pm

Great topic D3 .
Yes RW is a top 5 WR , I think he will put up good numbers this year . The ice man is in his third year and he will be slinging the pig skin even more his way this up and coming season . RW I think will be an elite WR and a hall of famer in years to come . I like this young man . He is posted No 26 in fantasy this year out of the top 50 ..

Birdman

June 24th, 2010
3:13 pm

Greg

June 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

uga_b: Roddy better than Colston? Now I’ve heard everything. D3 is also totally over-the-top about Roddy. Fitzgerald, Marshall, Colston, Andre Johnson, Holmes, Moss, Steve Smith, Ochocinco…in a pick up game, with Bill Belichick picking, they’re all going before Roddy.

falcon4ever

June 24th, 2010
3:54 pm

Man, thats cold

Infamous

June 24th, 2010
4:04 pm

@Greg: Who cares who Bill Belichick picks? He has nothing to do with the Falcons. Roddy is a perfect fit for out personnel and offensive schemes. Also, imagine all of the headaches and drama that would be associated with most of those players if they had to play on our run-first team with limited opportunities to get the ball. As far a Colston, Roddy has him beat hands down!!! Come on. Colston is only trouble because there are 3 or 4 other WRs, 1 or 2 RB receivers, and 1 TE that are usually all on the field and are all receiving threats. We do not have that. We have Tony. Thats it. No other WR causes D-Coordinators trouble and our RBs are not threats to catch the ball out of the backfield. Maybe Norwood, but we do not seem to run that type of offense. In other words, swap Coltson and White on their respective teams and see what happens. Roddy would prob have like 100+ catches, 1500+ yards, and 10+ TDs. Colston would not even break the 1000 yard mark. Let’s keep it real!!

ty

June 24th, 2010
4:13 pm

Not yet..he still has a ways to go. He still drops balls when he’s wide open like he did when he first got to Atlanta. Also, I contribute a lot of his stats to good strategy!!!

When he consistenly starts producing on 3rd and 6 or 7, when teams go man to man, then thats when we can only begin to start talking top 5…Andrea Johnson beats single and many times double coverage.

falconsfan

June 24th, 2010
4:15 pm

He’s overrated! He never shows up for the big games (playoffs against Arizona) and is afraid of contact.

falcon4ever

June 24th, 2010
4:16 pm

@infamous- Man , thats cold

falconsfan

June 24th, 2010
4:18 pm

I would trade White for Moss in a heartbeat.

falcon4ever

June 24th, 2010
4:18 pm

@infamous- I think alot of people care who Bellichick picks. I’m no Pats fan but he has a solid team every year

Infamous

June 24th, 2010
4:18 pm

@ty: Roddy does not see many single coverage (esp on 3rd down).. Give thanks to Mike Jenkins for that. Hopefully HD returns and 100% healthy with his speed. **Fingers crossed.** Have you watched for been to any Falcons games? **SHM**

Infamous

June 24th, 2010
4:23 pm

@falconsfan: I agree that BB is a great talent evaluator. But my point is that he picks players that SPECIFICALLY fit his team. Who is to say with the Falcons current roster he would not pick Roddy over a lot of the players Greg listed based on what else was around the O. That’s all I am saying with that comment.

As far as Moss and Roddy, at this point in their careers I think I would still have to take Roddy. Plus we all know Randy only plays when he wants to play. He is on decline, but I still have him rated above White.

Larry

June 24th, 2010
4:43 pm

Look at it this way. If you were an expansion club and you could pick any 5 receivers from all the other teams in the NFL, Roddy White would not be one of your 5 picks. He may not be one of the top 10 but I would say he would be picked somewhere between 8 and 15.

ty

June 24th, 2010
4:44 pm

Infamous, that’s even worse! Top 5 WRs always command at LEAST single coverage from the opponent’s best corner..Andre Johnson and even Little Steve Smith command a man under(or man with saftey playing zone over top(double coverage)) …and those two WRs still get there numbers…Point blank Roddy White is not a Top 5 WR in this league…and the more we talk about where he fits, I think he’s declining….There’s a couple of WRs that are not even being mention I’d take over Roddy…i.e Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall and Vincent Jackson..

Roddy can’t come close to any of those WRs and they all just barely crack the TOP 10!!!

bugman

June 24th, 2010
4:46 pm

Wow uga_b (and others), not even a mention of “old” Heinz Ward?

I think I’d take him as a possession rec’r over half of those mentioned.

Dan

June 24th, 2010
4:49 pm

Larry is on the money, he is a very good reciever but not a game breaker

Dan

June 24th, 2010
4:53 pm

He isn’t even the best pass catcher on the falcons

Birdman

June 24th, 2010
5:06 pm

RW has been a loner for the team. He needs help to stop a lot of that double coverage down field . When he gets that Hopefully HD and more , he will post better numbers . This is a running team but the talent is there with Roddy .
Build it (as this franchise is doing ) and it will come .

chelf

June 24th, 2010
5:23 pm

starting to get some front page love on the ajc website. awesome. bout time. as for rowdy roddy- dudes a stud. hopefully harry douglas gets back and helps spread the field a bit, and those numbers improve, and put him in the elite company he probably ought to be in. not a whole lot of “only option” receivers putting up numbers like his. a compliment in the passing game would be swell.

uga_b

June 24th, 2010
5:32 pm

Bugman, I like Heinz but he is what he is a possession receiver. I am thinking about true number ones. Plus, I looked at going forward.

Greg, I will take a healthly Roddy White over Colston’s butt on the bench. Santonio may be a talent but with his off-the-field problems I could see a quick slide. FYI, Steve Smith broke his arm and his production has been tailing (30+ yr old). Perhaps you forgot about 2008 Ochocinco?

All I am saying is that Roddy is tall and fast like a prototypical number 1. The 3 prototypical number 1s that I think have a better skillset are Fitz, Johnson, and Marshall. Throw em in a hat and pick whichever. Roddy is in the next group that I listed and as I saw it:

Reggie Wayne-Old
Marques Colston-Injuries
Sidney Rice-Skinny
Desean Jackson-Small
Chad Ochocinco-Old and smaller than Roddy
Santonio Holmes-Dummy

Birdman

June 24th, 2010
5:32 pm

Agreed Infamous.
Sorry kinda skipped over your post . But thats what it will take for some of these dummies to see his true value and talent . Its all about putting the shoe on another foot with him . When he has help he will be at that other foot stage .