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Falcons WR White's play lacking discipline

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Falcons WR Roddy White's struggles with drops and maintaining his composure in moments of frustration have extended into the second half of the season. He's still on pace for a fifth consecutive 80-catch, 1,000-yard season, but he has scored only three touchdowns — he had at least 10 TDs in each of the past two seasons — and is doing a poor job of managing his emotions, resulting in costly penalties for a team trying to dig out of a hole and fight its way into the playoffs. Some league observers expected White's production to dip following the offseason addition of rookie WR Julio Jones. Seeing White's numbers fall a bit comes as no surprise. The mental errors, including his three personal-foul penalties, are the more concerning development for the Falcons. We hear White has indicated using more four- and five-receiver sets could be beneficial for the offense and make it harder for defenses to key on him, but right now it appears White is his own worst enemy.

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