Falcons WR Roddy White Encouraged After Meeting with Coach Dan Quinn

Houston Texans v Atlanta Falcons

Falcons receiver Roddy White is back with the team and says he is encouraged about his role following a meeting with coach Dan Quinn, the Associated Press reports.

White said Thursday he missed Wednesday’s practice to be with his mother, who had surgery. He said the surgery went well.

White complained about his diminished role in Atlanta’s offense earlier in the week. On Thursday he said it’s “really not a controversy.” After meeting with Quinn before practice White said “we’ve gotten past that.”

White says he’s taking a positive outlook into Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins.

White has six catches, including only two in the last three games. He says he expects more opportunities as defenses key on leading receiver Julio Jones.

Redskins vs Falcons NFL Week Five Capsule



STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jay Gruden: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 23-20 vs. Eagles W 48-21 vs. Texans
LAST GAME 12/15/13: Redskins 26 at Falcons 27. Atlanta RB Steven Jackson rushes for 2 TDs. Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez has 62 rec. yards & TD.
REFEREE Bill Vinovich
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale (field reporter). SIRIUS: 134 (Was.), 113 (Atl.). XM: 227 (Atl.).


PASSING Cousins: 105-153-1005-4-4-84.5 Ryan: 96-143-1202 (1C)-6-2-101.2
RUSHING Morris: 66-261-4.0-0 Freeman: 66-252-3.8-7 (1L)
RECEIVING Garcon: 24-216-9.0-2 Jones: 38 (1L)-478 (T1L)-12.6-4 (T2L)
OFFENSE 383.0 403.3 (2C)
TAKE/GIVE -4 +6 (T2L)
DEFENSE 288.0 (2C) 390.5
SACKS Baker: 2.5 Beasley (R): 2
INTs Moore: 2 (T2L)
PUNTING Way: 41.7 Bosher: 52.4 (1C)
KICKING Hopkins: 24 (6/6 PAT; 6/6 FG) Bryant: 33 (15/15 PAT; 6/6 FG)


REDSKINS: QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 290 yards & threw GW TD with 0:26 left last week. Passed for 381 yards & 3 TDs in only start vs. Atl…Since entering NFL in 2012, RB ALFRED MORRIS is 2nd in NFL with 4,223 rush yards & 3rd with 28 rush TDs. Has rushed for 213 yards (106.5 per game) in 2 career meetings. RB MATT JONES leads NFC rookies with 200 rush yards. RB CHRIS THOMPSON had career-long 42-yard run last week…WR PIERRE GARÇON caught GW TD last week. Since 2013, has 205 catches, most in NFC. Had 7 catches for 129 yards & TD (53 yards) in last meeting. TE JORDAN REED leads team with 278 rec. yards. Rookie WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches…Since entering NFL in 2011, LB RYAN KERRIGAN is 1 of 3 players with 35+ sacks (39.5) & 2+ INT-TDs (2). Has 28-yard INT-TD & sack in 2 games vs. Atl. DT CHRIS BAKER had career-high 2 sacks last week…FALCONS: QB MATT RYAN is 41-15 (.732) in career at home with 97.3 rating. Is 3-0 in career vs. Was…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN leads NFL with 7 rush TDs. Is 1st Falcon with 7 rush TDs in 1st 4 games & 1st in NFL since LA DAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2005. Has 3 rush TDs in back-to-back games…WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 38 catches & ties for 1st with 478 rec. yards. Has 70 catches for 1,091 yards (136.4 per game) & 6 TDs in past 8. Had 10 catches for 94 yards & TD in only meeting. WR LEONARD HANKERSON was drafted by Was. in 2011 (3rd rd., No. 79) & scored 6 TDs in 4 seasons. Had 6 catches for 103 yards & TD last week. Since entering NFL in 2005, WR RODDY WHITE is 1 of 8 with 10,000+ rec. yards (10,449)…CB DESMOND TRUFANT had 24-yard FR-TD last week. Had INT in last meeting. Has 38 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most by Falcon. In last game vs. Was., S WILLIAM MOORE had INT & FR. Had FF last week. LB JUSTIN DURANT leads team with 27 tackles. LB VIC BEASLEY ties for 2nd among NFL rookies with 2 sacks.

Texans at Falcons NFL Week Four Capsule



STREAKS 2 of past 3  
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-0 Dan Quinn: 0-0
LAST WEEK W 19-9 vs. Buccaneers W 39-28 at Cowboys
LAST GAME 12/4/11: Falcons 10 at Texans 17. Houston RB Arian Foster rushes for 111 yards & TD. Texans WR Andre Johnson has 4 catches for 97 yards.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/30/07: Falcons 26, Texans 16. Atlanta QB Joey Harrington throws for 223 yards & 2 TDs. Falcons WR Michael Jenkins has 6 catches for 64 yards & 2 TDs.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 136 (Hou.), 84 (Atl.). XM: 227 (Atl.).


PASSING Mallett: 59-110-570-3-2-69.9 Ryan: 77-116-946 (1C)-5 (T3C)-2-98.6
RUSHING Blue: 45-187-4.2-1 Freeman: 52-184-3.5-4 (T1L)
RECEIVING Hopkins: 22-252-11.5-3 (T3C) Jones: 34 (1L)-440 (1L)-12.9-4 (T2L)
OFFENSE 369.7 411.7 (1C)
DEFENSE 332.7 378.0
SACKS Watt: 3 (T3C) Beasley (R): 2
INTs Moore: 1 Moore: 2 (T1L)
PUNTING Lechler: 46.8 Bosher: 54.5 (1L)
KICKING Novak (2014 SD): 88 (40/40 PAT; 16/22 FG) Bryant: 27 (9/9 PAT; 6/6 FG)


TEXANS: Last week, QB RYAN MALLETT improved to 2-2 as starter & passed for 228 yards with 1 TD. Needs 13 yards to reach 1,000 career. Aims for 4th in row with TD pass…In 6 career starts, RB ALFRED BLUE has 508 scrimmage yards (467 rush, 41 rec.), incl. 139 yards & TD last week vs. TB…In past 8 overall, WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS has 47 rec. for 659 yards (14.0 avg.) with 5 TDs, incl. 8 catches for 101 yards & TD last week. In past 5 vs. NFC, has 31 catches for 448 yards & 2 TDs. In 2 career meetings, WR NATE WASHINGTON has 12 catches for 191 yards & 3 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with TD vs. Atl. WR CECIL SHORTS III aims for 5th in row with 4+ rec…In past 8, J.J. WATT has 14 sacks, 2 FF, FR, safety, 4 PDs & TD catch. Since entering NFL in 2011, leads league with 60 sacks. LB BRIAN CUSHING leads team with 22 tackles, incl. 5 last week. Since 2006, CB JOHNATHAN JOSEPH has 5 INT-TDs, tied for most in AFC. S QUINTIN DEMPS had INT last week vs. TB. CB KAREEM JACKSON had INT in last meeting…FALCONS: Are 1st team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing in 4th Q in each game…QB MATT RYAN is 40-15 (.727) in career at home with 97.1 rating. Leads NFC with 946 pass yards…RB DEVONTA FREEMAN rushed for career-high 141 yards & 3 TDs last week. Ties for NFL lead with 4 rush TDs…WR JULIO JONES leads NFL with 34 catches & 440 rec. yards. His 34 catches are most in NFL history in 1st 3 games. Is only player in ever to start season with 135+ rec. yards in 1st 3 games. Has 66 catches for 1,053 yards (150.4 per game) & 6 TDs in past 7. WR RODDY WHITE had TD in last meeting. Since entering NFL in 2005, is 1 of 8 with 10,000+ rec. yards (10,441). WR-PR-KR DEVIN HESTER has 37 career TDs (16 rec., 14 PR, 5 KR, 1 rush, 1 miss FG)…LB JUSTIN DURANT had sack & INT vs. Hou. on 12/6/09 (with Jax.), only career game with both sack & INT. Leads team with 27 tackles. LB VIC BEASLEY JR. ties for NFL rookie lead with 2 sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. CB DESMOND TRUFANT has 34 PD since entering NFL in 2013, most by Falcon.

Falcons vs Cowboys NFL Week 3 Inactives

Falcons inactives: WR Justin Hardy, WR Devin Hester, RB Tevin Coleman, LB Brooks Reed, C Gino Gradkowski, OT Jake Long, OT Bryce Harris

Cowboys inactives: QB Matt Cassel, OL Ron Leary, RB Christine Michael, TE Geoff Swaim, WR Dez Bryant, DL Randy Gregory, DL Jeremy Mincey

Falcons vs Cowboys Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Kroy Biermann (not injury related), RB Tevin Coleman (ribs), WR Devin Hester (toe), LB Brooks Reed (groin)
  Wednesday LB Justin Durant (foot), DE Malliciah Goodman (elbow), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), DT Paul Soliai (knee), LB Paul Worrilow (calf)
Practice Report
  Wednesday WR Dez Bryant (foot), DE Randy Gregory (ankle), TE James Hanna (knee), G Ronald Leary (groin)
  Wednesday LB Kyle Wilber (hamstring), TE Jason Witten (ankle, knee)


Jones Big Play Late Sets Up Falcons for Winning Score in 24-20 Win Over Giants

Atlanta Falcons v New York Giants

The Falcons new look offense set the tone again on Sunday, as they marched to over 400 yards of offense in a 24-20 win over the New York Giants at Met Life Stadium.

Julio Jones caught a perfect 37-yard pass from Matt Ryan to set up Devonta Freeman’s go-ahead 2-yard touchdown run with 1:14 remaining, sealing the win and sending the Falcons to a 2-0 start.

”Every opportunity that I get, when a ball is thrown at me, I feel like it’s my job to catch it,” Jones said. ”I had 15 targets and I caught 13. I think I did OK. I wish I could have caught all 15.”

The Falcons star wide out was on fire Sunday, pulling in 13 receptions for 135 yards, the biggest being the 37-yard pass to set up the winning score.

Ryan was solid, throwing for 363 yards and one score.

Things looked somewhat bleak for the Falcons, as the Giants (0-2), built a 20-10 fourth quarter lead, but saw it slip away as the Falcons scored two TD’s to take home the win.

The game winning drive covered 70 yards, and QB Ryan made perfect decisions in leading the team down the field for the win.

Before that Leonard Hankerson caught a 10-yard TD pass to bring Atlanta within three at 20-17.

”We work on that every day,” Jones said of the fourth quarter comeback. ”It was nothing new to us. Nobody got tight. We just went out there and made plays.”

The Giants had their shots in the end, but Eli Manning misfired to two open receivers on the Giants’ final drive.

New York built the 10-point lead when running back Shane Vereen took a short throw from Manning, got past linebacker Paul Worrilow and sped to a 37-yard gain.

Three players later, New York led 20-10 as Larry Donnell made a sliding catch with cornerback Robert Alford on his back.

Atlanta though answered, scoring on the pass play from Ryan to Hankerson, and then putting the game away in the final minutes.

Falcons vs Giants NFL Week Two Inactives

Falcons inactives: WR Devin Hester, OT Jake Long, WR Justin Hardy, DE Malliciah Goodman, C Gino Gradkowski, T Bryce Harris, LB Brooks Reed

Giants inactives: WR Victor Cruz, TE Daniel Fells, S Cooper Taylor, LB Jon Beason, DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, OL Bobby Hart, DT Markus Kuhn

Falcons vs Giants Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
  Wednesday DE Malliciah Goodman (elbow), WR Devin Hester (toe), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), LB Brooks Reed (groin), DE O’Brien Schofield (hip)
  Wednesday DE Adrian Clayborn (thumb), T Jake Matthews (back)
Practice Report
  Wednesday LB Jon Beason (knee), WR Victor Cruz (calf), TE Daniel Fells (foot), DT Markus Kuhn (knee), DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa (foot)
  Wednesday T Ereck Flowers (ankle), LB Uani’ Unga (knee)
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