Oh, here we go again. Another diva wide receiver who is mad about the number of touches he is getting during regular season games while his team is undefeated and everything seems to be coming up roses for the Atlanta Falcons.
Hey, Roddy White. Shut up already.
The disgruntled wide receiver is mad that he is doing more blocking than catching passes from Matt Ryan in Kyle Shanahan’s offensive game plan, but with the start to Julio Jones’ season, can you blame the offensive coordinator and the Ryan for looking to No. 11 to be the “go to” guy in this Falcons offense, an offense that has this team in a 4-0 start and an eye toward a division title and a playoff berth for the first time in three seasons?
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White sounded off earlier this week. I guess his feelings got hurt – being the team’s all-time leader in receptions and yardage. Someone please get him a pacifier and a bottle of milk and explain to him how football is a team sport and just like divas before him like Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson, Michael Irvin, Randy Moss, receivers have to share the ball once in a while.
On Wednesday, White was excused from Falcons practice, but it was said to have nothing to do with the comments he made about not getting touches and having to block more this season during the first four games of the year.
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"For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes," White told ESPN.com, going on to say he doesn't want to be just a blocker. Quinn said he hasn't spoken to White about the matter but will when the receiver comes back to town.
"We've got a really good relationship and an easy conversation between us,'' head coach Dan Quinn said.
The coach was asked whether getting White more involved would be a point of emphasis.
"I wouldn't say a point of emphasis,'' Quinn said.
"We've got great respect for Roddy and all the unique things that he brings to our team. But we don't generally go into this or that to make it happen. He's somebody that we think the world of and think a ton of. The [opportunities] will be there, although they weren't in some of the games. We certainly think that they will be moving forward.''
Injuries have affected White the past two seasons. Now that the offense looks to be revamped – with a running game that has helped open up the passing attack, does it mean there will be more touches in the White’s future? He sure hopes so.
White could be in line for more production as the team plays Washington on the road this weekend.