Confident White to be key target for Falcons
By STEVE WYCHE
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/13/08
Flowery Branch — Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is feeling it right now. He doesn't catch passes. He snatches them. Defensive backs are going to feel him too — a stiff arm or some lip after he makes a play is how he's been inflicting most of his damage this preseason.
Confidence is a beautiful thing.
"I know I can make plays," White said.
Now he does.
Fresh off a breakthrough season — 83 catches, 1,202 yards and six touchdowns — White is Atlanta's main receiving threat. He is arguably its top offensive option.
White calls for the football while running routes, much like the youngster in sandlot games screaming, "I'm open." He's learned that a fluid stride sometimes works better at shaking free from a defender than a head fake.
But is he really ready?
Last season, the Falcons' offense was among the worst in the NFL. Somebody had to do something. The running game barely existed and the team went through quarterbacks like its gone through coaches the last few years.
White was about the only constant.
"I hope he understands that a lot of people have caught 75, 80 ball for one year," wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie said. "It's the guys who consistently catch 75, 80 balls year in and year out. Those are the special guys. He's got to get that in his mind."
White said he does.
"I'm still paying my dues," White said. "There are a lot of people ahead of me right now. I have a lot of ground to gain. I have to compete and work hard all the time in practices and in games. Those guys [Marvin Harrison, Randy Moss] have made Pro Bowls. I haven't made any. I have to work to get where they are and I have to help my team win."
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