If it’s Wednesday, it’s time to start looking at our weekly packet from ESPN Stats & Information. This year, the first place I’m turning each week is to dropped passes.
That’s because Atlanta’s Roddy White, who used to be a sure-handed receiver, suddenly has turned into a drop machine for no obvious reason. Once again, White leads the league in drops. He put another pass on the ground in Sunday’s loss to Green Bay. That gives him seven for the season.
That puts him two ahead of Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark, who ranks second, and Cleveland running back Montario Hardesty, who ranks third. No other player in the league has dropped more than three passes.
But Tampa Bay’s second-year receiver duo of Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn are among those tied for fourth place with three drops each. With some help from tight end Kellen Winslow (two drops), the Bucs are tied for No. 2 in the league with 11 drops.
Largely due to White, the Falcons are No. 8 with nine drops. This hasn’t been nearly as much of an issue for the Saints and Panthers.
The Saints are tied for No. 13 with six drops. The Panthers are tied for No. 19 with five drops.