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Why aren't the Falcons targeting Roddy White?

The Falcons offense is struggling, so maybe it's time to use Roddy White again.

He just turned 34 years old on November 2, but you would think the Falcons are already sending Roddy White out to the retirement home.

White had just one catch for 20 yards Sunday in Atlanta's loss in San Francisco. He was targeted just twice on the day by quarterback Matt Ryan. White now has 17 catches and 230 yards. He's been targeted just 30 times in the first nine games of the season.

White is a potential Hall of Famer. He is Atlanta's statistical leader in almost every category for wide receivers. White has 10,587 career receiving yards (37th-best in NFL history). But now, he's just another guy on the roster.

The Falcons' new offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, has just not used White in his offense. Sunday the Falcons targeted running back Devonta Freeman and tight end Jacob Tamme 10 times each. Julio Jones, who had 137 yards on 10 catches against the 49ers, is the leading receiver with 1029 yards on 80 catches (120 targets). Then Tamme has 430 yards on 38 catches (54 targets), while Freeman has 48 catches for 420 yards (62 targets). 

With Atlanta's offense struggling, will they again turn to White when they resume play in two weeks against the Colts in Atlanta? It might be something they will take a hard look at with the extra week off.

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