Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Falcons' White: I want Vick to do 'really, really bad'

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is among the few remaining players who were with the team during the Michael Vick era.

Falcons' White: I want Vick to do 'really, really bad'

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Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is among the few remaining players who were with the team during the Michael Vick era.

White and Vick also remain good friends and have been texting and talking this week in advance of the Eagles-Falcons game on Sunday.

As you would expect, while White is proud of Vick, he is not hoping for a stellar performance from the Eagles' QB this weekend. And who could blame him?

"I’m happy for him and all of the success he’s had up until this point," White told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We have to play against him. I want him to do really, really bad" ...

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"For all of the misfortune that has happened to him, it was great for him to bounce back. He’s handled it well, and I hope he continues to handle it well. But just not this week. ... [I want him to throw] four picks."

White said their conversations this week have not been about football, but about life.

"Football is the last thing that we ever talk about," he said.

White's bigger concern is the matchup of the Atlanta receivers against the Eagles' star-studded secondary.

"You relish that opportunity," he said. "We are going to be jacked up. Me, Harry [Douglas] and Julio [Jones] want to go out there and get those guys. You really get into it when you go against the best in the league."

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USA Today tackles the Vick divide that remains in Atlanta among the fan base.

"Can you wear a Vick jersey on Sunday night and still root for the Falcons to win?" asked Chris Dimino, a host with 790 The Zone. "That was the gist of what we heard. Some have said, 'I am a Falcons fan, but I am also a Vick fan and I want him to do well.' There are others who have flat-out said they want Vick to win."

Asked about what figures to be many folks wearing his old Falcons jersey in the stands -- perhaps in greater numbers than those wearing Matt Ryan jerseys, Vick said, "It's a plus for me and motivation for Ryan to play better. Fans are allowed to like as many quarterbacks as they want. I think it's a good thing for both of us."

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Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (torn MCL) did not practice this week and has been declared out for the game. Center Todd McClure continues to work with trainers during practice, according to reports, but seems likely to miss his second consecutive game.

That means the Falcons will be playing backups in the middle of both the defensive and offensive lines.

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To read our previous post, on what we're watching in Sunday's game, click here.

Also, Paul Domowitch chats Eagles at noon here on the site and Vegas Vic talks football picks for the weekend at 2 p.m.

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