Atlanta Falcons wide reciever Leonard Hankerson (thumb) was limited at practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Hankerson has prospered working opposite Julio Jones (toe/hamstring) and even tallied his first 100-yard effort this season Sunday against the Houston Texans . A thumb injury could hinder his ability to catch, but Hankerson's situation should provide fruitful as the season progresses.
Struggling Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White recorded just two catches for eight yards on four targets Sunday against Houston.
White and fellow receiver Julio Jones took a back seat as the Falcons did most of their damage on the ground. The favorite target of quarterback Matt Ryan in this one was Leonard Hankerson, and White's utter inability to contribute anything of substance over the last three weeks has got to be very troubling for owners.
With Jones usually dominating the touches at wide receiver, there won't be enough to go around for White if he continues to get outplayed by Hankerson.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Leonard Hankerson caught 6 of 8 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown Sunday against Houston Cougars .
Hankerson led the Falcons in catches, targets,receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a weird game that saw the Falcons up 42-0 after three quarters.
The 26-year-old's big game coincided with a clunker from Julio Jones , but it's hard to see Hankerson continuing to put up similar numbers considering how much quarterback Matt Ryan loves throwing the ball to Jones.
Through three weeks it has been Hankerson, not Roddy White, that has served as the second option in Atlanta's passing offense. Hankerson's 20 targets, 12 catches and 138 receiving yards all rank second on the team. Hankerson has never topped 38 catches in a season, but offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan clearly saw enough from him during their time together in Washington to bring him to Atlanta. Expect that rapport to pay dividends in terms of his role in the offense.
Meanwhile, veteran receiver Roddy White did not record a catch and was targeted just once in the game. While the performance is encouraging for Hankerson's prospects, he is just a week removed from a two-catch, 16-yard performance, indicating his inconsistent role in the offense. However, running back Tevin Coleman was injured in this game, causing Atlanta to lean on the passing game a bit more, so Hankerson could stand to benefit from added looks.
Week 3 will see the Falcons travel to take on the Cowboys.
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