First-timers to a Falcons practice session were probably surprised to see
Head coach Mike Smith said after practice Tuesday that White will not practice during this week's minicamp sessions, joining receiver
"I think if you sit back and watch Roddy and Julio when they're not participating, they're watching very intently," Smith said. "They're watching the guys that are out there playing their position so they can make comments (in the meeting room)."
Jones and White are expected to be healthy and ready for the season when training camp rolls around and all the changes that have taken place on offense could benefit them the most. Jones was on pace for a career year last season before his injury, and that was without White on the field most of the time. An improved run game and better pass protection will make the
"I don't think (the offense) will be too much different," White said. "We'll probably stay in a lot more three-wideouts, four-wideout sets. We lost Tony, but we've got Harry (Douglas). We've got
In addition to Douglas, who eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving last year, the Falcons have
The Falcons have also mentioned experimenting on offense this season and Hester is the kind of player to make that happen. Additionally, players like running back
"Julio will have to go in the slot a little bit, me too," White said. "We'll have to find ways for all of us, between three or four of us, catch those 85 passes that Tony leaves out there every year. We'll find a way to get it done."