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Roddy White himself expected to play a smaller role in Atlanta's offense this season. Others thought the same, what with his old age, all those dropped passes in 2011 and the anticipated emergence of Julio Jones.
So far, the opposite has proven true.
Coming off his fifth consecutive 1,000-yard season, White is on pace for his best season ever with a team-leading 27 catches for 413 yards and three touchdowns at this season's quarter mark.
Meanwhile, Jones still lags behind with just 16 receptions.
While most of White's targets have come in the short-to-mid range, the 30-year-old White showed on Sept. 30 that he still is a deep-ball threat with two monster grabs of 49 and 59 yards—both times out-jumping opposing defenders.
It may only be a matter of time before Jones becomes the go-to guy, but that title still belongs to White for now.