Roddy White said last month it would be a “tragedy” if his relationship with the Falcons were to end in 2016.
That partnership officially ended Wednesday when Atlanta jerseys released the veteran after 11 often hugely productive seasons. Now that the wide receiver has had the cheap NFL jerseys proper time to grieve, White is coming out swinging against offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan jersey, whom he believes expedited his departure from A-Town.
“What (Shanahan) expected from me and what I expected from him was totally different,” White said Saturday, according to ESPN.com. “I expected to play a bigger role in the offense, and that’s what I wanted to do. But he didn’t have that in his desires. He had other people that he wanted to play my role, so he wanted me to be out of the (offense).
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“That was the whole thing. And it is what it is. I can’t do nothing about it. I can’t change his way of thinking or anything like that. I can just do what I did, which was just handle my business and get myself prepared for this moment.”
White, 34, believes Shanahan’s schemes overcomplicated the Atlanta offense and even cost the team multiple games. White was asked if he believed the offense was too complex.
Arian Foster’s first preseason catch as a Dolphin wound up going for 16 yards thanks to a nasty stiff-arm. Atlanta’s first-round pick Keanu Neal was the recipient of the veteran’s move, and more than his psyche was hurt after the play.
Neal had to be helped off the field with a right knee injury in the second quarter of Thursday night’s preseason action, but walked to the locker room under his own power. Neal did not return to the 17-6 loss to the Dolphins.
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The Falcons announced Friday Neal did suffer some damage to wholesale NFL jerseys and his knee, and will need to undergo a minor surgical procedure. He is expected to miss three to four weeks, and the scope will be performed Monday, the team said.
The Falcons had high hopes for the rookie safety this upcoming season, and losing him for any period of time would be a blow to their secondary.
Roddy White’s future in Atlanta remains in question after compiling just 506 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2015.
White has averaged 713 yards over his past three seasons and is due $4.25 million in salary and bonuses in 2016. The Falcons could save the $4.25 million on the cap by cutting him with a post-June 1 designation (spreading the cap hit over two years) with just $1.9 million in dead money.
The 34 year old said no one in the Falcons’ organization has indicated to him whether or not he will return.
“No, I haven’t spoken to anybody,” White said. “I haven’t been given clarity about anything.”
But if he had a guess?
“I’d bet every dollar I had that I’m going to be a Falcon,” White said.”Do I wish I could be a more significant part of the offense? Absolutely,” White said. “But that’s not what they wanted me to do and you have to enjoy and embrace the role you have.”
White admitted his optimism could be for effect, but said it’s a representation of how much he wants to remain in Atlanta.
There were several occasions during the 2015 season that White griped he wasn’t part of the offense, but told the AJC he “didn’t have any problem” with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan jersey on a personal level.
Whether or not White will have any role to embrace in Atlanta in 2016 remains to be seen.