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Lets rewind to 2012 when Atlanta finished the regular season 13-3.  They claimed the NFC’s Number 1 playoff seed, knocked out Seattle in the divisional round of the playoffs, and just fell short of going to the Super Bowl.  So when the 2013 season started a lot of analysts had Atlanta to make another deep run in the playoffs and possibly make a Super Bowl run.  The Falcons entered the season with a fearsome passing attack and an upgrade to the run game by adding Steven Jackson from the Rams.

By the time the season started we already started to see some concerns with the Falcons.  Roddy White was hobbled by a high ankle sprain which made it harder for Julio to get receptions.  By the time Roddy was getting his groove back; Julio had broken a screw in his surgically repaired left foot and missed 11 games.  Steven Jackson fell early to injury as well and missed 6 games and Jaquizz Rodgers filled in.  Matt Ryan made the best out of a bad situation by utilizing Tony Gonzalez and Harry Douglas, but it was very interesting to see how different that offense was without two of its big play makers.  Lets not forget that the defense was missing Sean Weatherspoon and Kroy Bierman.  The defense ended up averaging 27.7 points a game allowed against them.

Now the Falcons are looking to rebound, and I think a lot of people are expecting them to return to glory as well.  It is a big loss not having Tony Gonzalez come back, but they will have Julio Jones and Roddy White coming back strong.  Matt Ryan knows how to utilize his targets and with both of them healthy it should really spread out the offense which will help create running lanes for Steven Jackson and the running game.  The Falcons spent the offseason drafting lineman to protect Matt Ryan; and they spent a lot of money signing crucial players to the roster.  The Falcons did also bring in Devin Hester which will add depth with the receivers and help amp up special teams.  Where the Falcons really need to step up is the defense.  Weatherspoon is coming back from an injury, but he should make an immediate impact along side Paul Worrilow who totaled up 127 tackles last year. 

As long as this team can stay healthy it would not surprise me if they went 12-4 and made a playoff push.  Coach Mike Smith has only had one losing season since taking over as head coach of the Falcons so it should be an interesting year of football in Atlanta.

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The NFL is s really starting to see some amazing receivers that will be future Hall of Famers; Roddy White is on that list.  Since entering the NFL he has been an unstoppable force or strength, speed, and durability.  He has been a reliable target for the Falcons for 7 seasons and he has no sign of slowing down.  White is an all-around athlete who has a burning passion for sports; especially football and that shows every season he plays.

Sharod Lamor “Roddy” White was born on November 2nd, 1981 in South Carolina.  He attended James Island High School where he lettered in 4 different sports.  He played football, baseball, soccer, and wrestling.  As a football player he had 2 All-State selections and was considered one of the best high school receivers in the country.  He was also a very good wrestler where he also made an All-State selection.  He was very quick and had amazing strength and was able to pin his opponents very quickly and made up his own wrestling move called the “Shanaz”.

White decided to go to the University of Alabama at Birmingham also known as UAB.  The Blazers never had a great football team, but with the help of White he helped take them to their only Bowl game in 2004.  He had a knack for finding the open spaces and getting into the endzone and created problems for defenders his entire college career.  In 2004 when UAB went to the Hawaii Bowl he caught 6 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown and gave the Blazers their only Bowl game win in school history.

In 2005 White was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round (27th overall).  White had a mediocre rookie season due to him battling a minor ankle injury.  By the end of his rookie year he caught 29 passes and had 3 touchdowns.  The 2007 season is really when White broke out and became a premier receiver.  He ended the 2007 season with 83 catches, 1,202 yards, and 6 touchdowns.  After that season he always had over 1,000 receiving yards and at least 85 catches a season.  His best year to date was the 2010 season when he had an amazing 115 catches, 1,389 yards, and 10 touchdowns.  White is not the kind of player that will have bad publicity or be a bad role model and he leads by example on the field. 

So far in his career he has had 622 catches, 8,725 yards, and 52 touchdowns.  He has also made 4 Pro Bowls, 2010 receiving leader, and holds 6 franchise records for the Falcons.  White is the perfect fantasy football receiver; he will always put up good receiving yards, and more often than not he will find the endzone.  White still has a lot of good years left and even with the addition of Julio Jones he will always be a dominating force on offense.  White is a classy player on the field and a great role model off the field.