Despite the fact that he had no catches, Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan claimed that wide receiver Roddy White had his best game of the season in the Falcons’ Week 3 win over the Dallas Cowboys based solely upon his run blocking alone. Pro Football Focus didn’t seem to agree, grading White negatively as a run blocker against the Cowboys, but it’s the sentiment that counts, right?
Well… apparently not. A four-time Pro Bowler with 774 catches in his 11-year NFL career, White’s one target and zero catches in Week 2 and Week 3 combined and the two catches he had or eight yards on this past Sunday aren’t numbers that he’s accustomed to and he’s not happy just be stuck out there to block.
White told Vaughn McClure of ESPN the following:
“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White told ESPN.com. “I’m not out here just f—ing around just to sit around to just block f—ing people all day. It’s not what I want to do.
“I’ve contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don’t catch any balls in a game because it hasn’t happened in so long.”
Those two games without a catch in Sept. were the first two times that White has been held catchless since 2006, and the fact that he seems to be getting phased out of the offense is probably a difficult notion to deal with considering everything he’s done for the franchise, but ultimately the Falcons are 4-0 and look like they might be genuine contenders in the NFC. And considering that White’s Falcons have won all of one playoff game during his entire tenure in Atlanta, maybe he needs to reevaluate his priorities.