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The Falcons are WAY too dependent on Roddy White

Do you often awaken with heart pounding, drenched in a cold sweat, after nightmares that Roddy is somehow lost to our offense?  Of course you do, and for good reason!  The Falcons’ helpless dependence on #84 to anchor their passing game is the stuff bad dreams are made of.  Our amazing Mr. White has accounted for just under HALF of the Falcons’ passing yardage this year.  Looky how that compares to his NFC peers at WR…

Player

Team

% of team yds

Yds

Team Yds

Roddy White

ATL

46%

747

1634

Larry Fitzgerald

ARI

38%

331

877

Johnny Knox

CHI

34%

478

1413

Santana Moss

WAS

33%

548

1652

Hakeem Nicks

NYG

31%

525

1703

Miles Austin

DAL

30%

524

1738

Mike Williams

SEA

29%

348

1191

Mike Williams

TB

29%

365

1265

Calvin Johnson

DET

28%

437

1552

Jeremy Maclin

PHI

27%

458

1703

Percy Harvin

MIN

26%

289

1094

Danny Amendola

STL

25%

351

1388

David Gettis

CAR

25%

244

985

Marques Colston

NO

23%

452

1955

Greg Jennings

GB

22%

390

1755

Michael Crabtree

SF

22%

332

1542

 

While these numbers testify to Roddy’s extraordinary ability, they also speak to the Falcons’ vulnerability and utter lack of depth at the WR position.  Going back 5 seasons, only a handful of teams have had a WR that carried such a big portion of the workload:

 

 

Player

Team

% of team yds

Yds

Team Yds

2008:

Steve Smith

CAR

45%

1421

3158

 

Calvin Johnson

DET

45%

1331

2960

2006:

Lee Evans

BUF

48%

1292

2719

2005:

Steve Smith

CAR

48%

1563

3271

 

Santana Moss

WAS

48%

1483

3106

 

Joey Galloway

TB

45%

1287

2890

 

It’s foolish, even risky if the Falcons think they can continue to function in this manner.  Despite recent appearances to the contrary, Roddy’s only human and needs help at WR if our team wants an offense that can compete against top defenses like the Steelers.

 

My take on this is that the Falcons need to make WR & OL their top priorites in the offseason, just like they did with CB and LB this year.  Your opinions, gents?

<em>This FanPost was written by one of The Falcoholic's talented readers. It does not necessarily reflect the views of The Falcoholic.</em>

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