In NFL Network’s annual ranking of the Top 100 players in the league, as voted on by a poll of active players, Falcons receiver Roddy White has dropped from No. 24 to No. 65. He’s not happy about that.
White said on NFL Network Wednesday night that he is glad his fellow players still consider him one of the 100 best of his peers, but he isn’t happy that he dropped so far.
“I’m just happy to be on this list, but not where I’m at,” White said. “I’m not happy with where I’m at on the list. I am happy to be on the list.”
White put up good numbers in 2011, although he did decline slightly from 2010: He had 100 catches for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns last year after having 115 catches for 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns the year before. White also saw that slight decline come in a season when passing numbers were up across the board: White fell from first in the league in catches and second in receiving yards in 2010 to second in catches and eighth in yards in 2011.
However, White said he thinks the reason for his drop on the Top 100 is less about his numbers than about the fact that he dropped too many balls.
“Probably the dropped passes,” White said. “I led the league in drops, which is unacceptable. I’ve to go out there and I have to play better, I have to hold onto the ball.”