You can make a case that Atlanta’s Roddy White has been the best wide receiver in the league this season. But you don’t even have to make a case that White has been the league’s best third-down receiver because that case already has been made.
I’m looking at the weekly truckload of stuff that ESPN Stats & Information sends us and White has been absolutely dominant on third downs. No one else really has been close.
White has a league-high 27 catches on third downs and those have produced a league-best 23 first downs. White also has 420 receiving yards on third downs. The next guy on the list is Steve Johnson with 350 yards.
The only third-down category where White doesn’t lead is touchdowns. Dwayne Bowe has four. White is tied for second with three.