An Upside for Roddy White's Holdout?

Tim DarnellContributor IAugust 2, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 07:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons runs downfield against the New Orleans Saints on December 7, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

If there is indeed an upside to All-Pro WR Roddy White's training camp holdout, it's that we (and the Falcons) get to see how far the team's other wideouts are progressing.

Former No. 1 pick Michael Jenkins is getting all the reps with the first-team offense. Second-year man Harry Douglas, a speedster if there ever was one, is getting an extended opportunity to show his stuff.

And then, of course, there's All-Universe TE Tony Gonzalez, who speaks for himself.

The downside, obviously, is that every day White misses camp (he's holding out for a new contract), is another missed opportunity in a series of them for QB Matt Ryan to fully deploy (in practice, at least) all of the team's hard-earned offensive weapons.

Head Coach Mike Smith is on record as saying White's holdout won't be a distraction, and GM Thomas Dimitroff is saying all the right things. There seems to be no animosity as of yet coming from White's camp either. But this issue needs to be settled this week; the earlier, the better.