Kevin C. Cox
The receiving corps has a bad case of dropsy.
Grizzled veterans of The Falcoholic will remember when Michael Jenkins and Roddy White were still fairly new to the league, back in 2006. During those dark days, both receivers dropped an insane number of passes.
I coined the nickname "Dropsy" for White and "Oven Mitts" for Jenkins. One of those names has stayed incredibly relevant, one of them has sort of faded away thanks to White's emergence. But if there's one thing that remains clear, it's that the Falcons never really entirely got away from dropping a pass or two, for old time's sake.
According to Pat Yasinskas over at ESPN, the Falcons are second in the league in dropped passes. They have a staggering 16 dropped passes through six games, with Julio Jones leading the charge with a total of five. That's close to three drops a game.
I don't have to tell you that dropped passes and poor pass protection have cost Ryan this season, and it's not unreasonable to speculate that cutting that dropped pass total in half would have given the Falcons a couple more scores and made Ryan's year even more otherworldly. It's ultimately one of the most frustrating things that can happen during an offensive play, and it's happened a lot.
The only way to solve it is to have the receivers focus on concentration and have Ryan focus on making catchable throws.Let's hope the team was able to fix this particular issue in the bye week, but I'm not optimistic that drops will disappear from this receiving corps. What say you?