Falcons Release Four-Time Pro Bowl WR Roddy White

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The Falcons released wide receiver Roddy White, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“Roddy is one of the greatest players to ever put on a Falcons uniform, and even more importantly he is a man of tremendous character that I and my entire family have profound personal affection and respect for,” said Falcons Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank in a statement released by the team. “I have developed a special relationship with him over the years, my children have grown admiring him and our partners and I all share a debt of gratitude for what he has meant to us and our team. Truly, there are no words to adequately express my thanks for all he has meant to me, my family, the Falcons and to this community, both on and off the field. He has been a difference maker in every way and has touched numerous lives here in Atlanta.”

White, who was selected by the Falcons in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2005 NFL draft from Alabama-Birmingham, after a slow start developed into the franchise’s most prolific receiver during the league’s evolution into more of a passing league.

White amassed 808 catches, 10,863 yards and 63 touchdowns.

Roddy White Says He Doesn’t Want to Leave The Falcons

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Wide receiver Roddy White’s future in Atlanta is uncertain after a down year where he had 506 receiving yards and one touchdown.

White is unsure of what his future holds, Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“No, I haven’t spoken to anybody,” the veteran wide receiver said when asked if he had been given any indication from the Falcons as to whether he’s a part of their future. “I haven’t been given clarity about anything.”

White reiterated that he wants to remain a Falcon and considers Atlanta home, adding, “It would be a tragedy if I had to leave.”

“Do I wish I could be a more significant part of the offense? Absolutely,” White said. “But that’s not what they wanted me to do and you have to enjoy and embrace the role you have.”

White said he recently ran a 5K race “to get ready for anything that happens.” His immediate plans are to vacation in Belize next week and he expects to hear from the Falcons soon, perhaps around the time of NFL free agency (which begins March 9). He also will have his annual youth football camp in Charleston, S.C., in June before heading to training camp … somewhere.

“I’d bet every dollar I had that I’m going to be a Falcon,” White said.

Sometimes he says things for effect.

“Yeah,” he acknowledged, laughing. “But that’s how much I want to stay here.”

Falcons Hire Ex-Bears GM Emery and Ex-Titans GM Webster

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The Falcons have hired both ex-Titans general manager Ruston Webster and ex-Bears GM Phil Emery according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Falcons’ front office is getting mighty crowded. Emery was director of college scouting for Atlanta from 2004-2008 before taking over in Chicago, where he was eventually deposed two years ago after whiffing on most of his major personnel decisions. It is expected that Emery will once again primarily be involved in college scouting for the Falcons.

The Titans let Webster’s contract expire at the end of the 2015 season but he looked hopelessly overmatched in his four years as general manager in Tennessee. He does have over 25 years of personnel experience in the NFL but the exact role he will play in Atlanta is unclear at this point.

The Falcons are trying to restock one of the weakest rosters in the NFL and now have four GMs/ex-GMs on their payroll. In addition to Webster and Emery, current Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is still clinging to power and former Patriots and Chiefs GM Scott Pioli also has the ear of owner Arthur Blank.

Saints at Falcons NFL Week 17 Inactives

Saints inactives: QB Garrett Grayson, TE RaShaun Allen, DT Kaleb Eulls, OTs Terron Armstead and Andrus Peat, WR Marques Colston and LB Dannell Ellerbe

Falcons inactives: RB Tevin Coleman, DE Malliciah Goodman, OLB Tyler Starr, T Bryce Harris, TE D.J. Tialavea, G Ben Garland, S Robenson Therezie

Panthers vs Falcons NFL Week 16 Inactives

Panthers inactives: RB Jonathan Stewart, LB Davis Mayo, DT Kyle Love. WR Brenton Bersin, S Dean Marlowe, RB Brandon Wegher, WR Kevin Norwood

Falcons inactives: RB Tevin Coleman, NT Grady Jarrett, Tyler Starr, CB Akeem King, OT Bryce Harris, OG Ben Garland, NT Joey Mbu

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Has No Problems with a ‘Players-Only’ Meeting

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he had no issues with the team calling a players-only meeting to address the team’s four-game losing streak, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White, along with linebacker O’Brien Schofield, huddled after Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and decided it was a necessary step. The meeting took place Monday.

“This is a really close group already,” Quinn said. “When you take that to a new spot, I think that’s when it can be productive. I think the only times I’ve seen where a situation like that wasn’t as effective, it was a third time, a fourth time, where some points that the group together didn’t get across.

“Having a [players-only] meeting has happened to lots of teams I’ve been a part of. … It’s kind of a pretty cool thing in a lot of ways because it’s like: ‘Hey, man, I’m all in for you. Whatever you need, you can count on me.’ … Knowing the group that we have, I couldn’t be more pleased that they got together; what they stand for [and] how bad they want it.”

Vikings at Falcons NFL Week 12 Capsule

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-3) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (6-4)

SERIES

  VIKINGS FALCONS
SERIES LEADER 16-10  
STREAKS   2 of past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike Zimmer: 1-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK L 30-13 vs. Packers L 24-21 vs. Colts
LAST GAME 9/28/14: Falcons 28 at Vikings 41. Minnesota RB Matt Asiata rushes for 78 yards & 3 TDs. Vikings WR Jarius Wright has 8 receptions for 132 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/27/11: Falcons 24, Vikings 14. Atlanta QB Matt Ryan throws for 262 yards & 3 TDs. Falcons WR Roddy White has 10 receptions for 120 yards & TD.
REFEREE Clete Blakeman
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver (field reporter). Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker. SIRIUS: 108 (Min.), 82 (Atl.). XM: 82 (Atl.).

STATS

PASSING Bridgewater: 188-291-2106-8-6-86.6 Ryan: 264-403-2982 (2C)-15-10-89.6
RUSHING Peterson: 208-1006 (1L)-4.8-6 (T3L) Freeman: 167-764-4.6-9 (1L)
RECEIVING Diggs (R): 36-573-15.9-2 Jones: 89 (1L)-1189 (1L)-13.4-6
OFFENSE 330.0 399.5 (3C)
TAKE/GIVE +1 -1
DEFENSE 334.9 335.7
SACKS Griffen: 6.5 (T3C) 4 tied: 2
INTs Newman: 2 4 tied: 2
PUNTING Locke: 41.7 Bosher: 48.7 (1C)
KICKING Walsh: 83 (17/20 PAT; 22/26 FG) Bryant: 68 (26/26 PAT; 14/18 FG)

NOTES

VIKINGS: QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER won only start vs. Atl, passing for 317 yards with 98.9 rating & rushing for TD…RB ADRIAN PETERSON made NFL debut vs. Atl (9/9/07) & rushed for 103 yards. Since entering NFL in 2007, leads league with 11,196 rush yards & 92 rush TDs. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD…TE KYLE RUDOLPH had 6 catches for 106 yards & TD last week, 1st career 100-yard game. WR STEFON DIGGS leads NFC rookies with 573 rec. yards. In 7 games, has 36 catches for 573 yards (81.9 per game) & 2 TDs. In last meeting, WR JARIUS WRIGHT had career-high 8 catches & 132 yards. Since 2009, WR MIKE WALLACE is 1 of 2 in NFL with 6,000+ rec. yards (6,152), 45+ rec. TDs (48) & 15+ rec. avg. (15.3)…DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had sack in last meeting in Atl. Has 16.5 sacks in his past 21. DT LINVAL JOSEPH has 26 tackles, 0.5 sack & FF in past 3. LB ANTHONY BARR had sack in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH had INT in last game vs. Atl…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Min with 3+ TD passes. Has 106.5 rating in past 2 meetings. In career, is 42-17 (.712) at home with 96.1 rating…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN leads NFC with 11 TDs (9 rush, 2 rec.). In past 8 (1st 8 career starts), has 1,078 scrimmage yards (134.8 per game) & 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.). FB PATRICK DI MARCO had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 89 catches, tied for most in team’s 1st 10 games in NFL history. Has 121 catches for 1,802 yards (128.7 per game) & 8 TDs in past 14. Jones (1,189) & Freeman (1,184) lead NFL in scrimmage yards. WR RODDY WHITE has 14 catches for 193 yards (96.5 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Min & aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD…CB DESMOND TRUFANT had 1st career sack last week. Has 42 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most on club. S RICARDO ALLEN had INT last week. LB PAUL WORRILOW leads team with 62 tackles. Has INT in 2 of past 4 games.

Buccaneers at Falcons NFL Week 8 Inactives

Buccaneers inactives: QB Ryan Griffin, WR Vincent Jackson, DT Tony McDaniel, DT Clinton McDonald, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, CB Tim Jennings, S Major Wright

Falcons inactives: C Gino Gradkowski, DE Malliciah Goodwin, WR Leonard Hankerson, T Bryce Harris, S William Moore, CB Dezmen Southward, WR Nick Williams

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