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Roddy White backs off comments critical of role in Falcons offense


Roddy White attempted to downplay critical comments made earlier this week in which he expressed frustration with his limited role this season in the Atlanta Falcons offense.

White told the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter during a telephone interview after the original ESPN report was published.

White reportedly expressed frustration with how his comments were depicted in the original reporting from ESPN and argued he really wasn’t all that upset.

White’s most recent comments stand in stark contrast to what he said originally that caused the controversy in the first place.

“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White said, via Vaughn McClure of “I’m not out here just (expletive) around just to sit around to just block (expletive) people all day. It’s not what I want to do.”

So far this season, White has been targeted only 13 times in four games, making six receptions for 92 yards, a much slower pace than he’s grown accustomed to throughout his successful Falcons career. He was shut out entirely in Atlanta’s wins over the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys, limited to only one target total in the two games.

White acknowledges that he understands he’ll get his chances eventually, especially if teams continue to double the red-hot Julio Jones.

The Falcons are 4-0 and rolling, so White’s attempts at backtracking indicate he’s taking a team-first perspective … or trying to not be the player perceived to be rocking the boat.