Falcons vs. Panthers: Roddy White continues key contributions to Atlanta offense

Kevin C. Cox

Roddy White is on pace for his sixth straight 1,000-yard season, and when Atlanta reaches the playoffs his track record will likely have Matt Ryan looking his way.

Roddy White is in the middle of another excellent season, rising to the occasion and playing a big role in the Atlanta Falcons' 11-1 record. He's on pace to come close to his career-high in yards, the team's official site points out, despite being on pace for fewer receptions than average. White passed 1,000 yards in the team's win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his sixth consecutive season to do so.

White's production has actually slowed somewhat in recent weeks, with 77 combined yards in Weeks 12 and 13 coming after three straight games of more than 110 yards. His performances have earned him extra attention from opposing defenses, which has opened up opportunities for teammates Tony Gonzalez and Julio Jones. Gonazalez is fifth in the league in receiving first downs, and Jones is closing in on passing his rookie-year totals.

The Falcons are focused on making the most of the coming postseason, and history shows White can contribute just as well in the playoffs. Though the Falcons' three most recent playoff appearances were losses, White has averaged more than 64 yards per game.

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