Wide receiver Roddy White made no secret of his Pro Bowl goal in 2008. He achieved it, advancing to the all-star game that seemed unlikely during his first three years in Atlanta.
Looking for an encore, White finished 2009 with a team-high 85 catches, 1,153 yards and a career-high 11 touchdowns.
Like other Falcons that didn’t get an all-star nod, White took the high road. Players understand Pro Bowls aren’t the only measure of success. You can’t forget Super Bowl championships.
Besides, White and other receivers clearly benefited from the addition of Tony Gonzalez — a reliable, pass-catching tight end.
Here’s a look at the receivers currently on the roster, including those who finished 2009 on injured reserve or the practice squad…
Michael Jenkins: Unfortunately, one of the lasting images of Jenkins’ season was a dropped touchdown pass against the New York Giants. Examining the stats, he had another solid year as a No. 2 receiver — 50 catches for 635 yards. But he had just one touchdown. Certainly something he’ll focus on moving forward.
Harry Douglas: Went on injured reserve in training camp and spent much of the season in rehab. He traveled with the team in the second half of 2009 and stayed in meetings. Click here for some additional notes on Douglas and his recovery.
Brian Finneran: The Falcons 2009 Man of the Year nominee suffered a late knee injury — his third in the last four years. Head Coach Mike Smith expects a recovery. Before his injury, Finneran totaled 11 catches for 111 yards.
Roddy White: Became just the second wide receiver in franchise history to record back-to-back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons (Andre Rison).
James Swinton: A practice squad addition during 2009, Swinton is a native of Tucker and a graduate of Auburn.He caught just five passes for 53 yards in college but was a highly-regarded prep star in the state, named to the Georgia Top 50 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Marty Booker: Signed during training camp to fill in for Douglas, the 11-year veteran finished the year with 16 catches for 181 yards and a touchdown.
Andy Strickland: Another practice squad addition, Strickland, an undrafted free agent in 2009, was released by the Jaguars in the preseason after recording three catches in exhibition games. The 6-foot, 197-pound receiver recorded 83 career catches for 1,540 yards and 15 touchdowns at Wofford. He also had five rushing scores.
Eric Weems: Stepped in as a returner for Douglas and — as the season wore on — got more involved in the Falcons offense. More on his contributions on special teams later in the week. As a receiver, Weems had six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran the ball eight times for 53 yards.
Troy Bergeron: A former Arena Football Rookie of the Year, Bergeron bounced between the practice squad and 53-man roster through the season before landing a more permanent spot after Finneran’s injury.
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