Roddy White expects stiffer challenge from Giants

Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who was coming off elbow surgery, had a strong debut against the Eagles on Monday night.

He expects a much stiffer challenge against cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Prince Amukamara when the Falcons face the Giants at 1 p.m. Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Here’s what White had to say about a variety of subjects:

Q: How do you feel personally?

A: I felt pretty good out there moving around. (Quarterback) Matt (Ryan) made a lot of good checks at the line of scrimmage and give me a chance to catch the ball. We just have to improve from that point. This is a different week, a different team. To me, they have better corners than the guys we played last week. It will be different.

Q: What happened on Matt Ryan’s first interception?

A: The guy (Philadelphia linebacker Kiko Alonso) actually made a good play. He's pretty athletic to catch that ball like that, one-handed. I have to give him a lot of (credit) for that. I thought for a second it was going to get over him. He reached up there and got his hand on it. It was a good play by him. Matt and I just have to be better down there. We have to find a way to get that ball completed. I could have went to the right a little bit or wrapped around the guy and made the throw a whole lot easier.

Q: Why do the Falcons have so much trouble with the Giants?

A: I haven't figured that out. Every time we go up there, we don't play well. So, we have to break that streak. Last year, we pretty much had the game won until like seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. We gave up the lead. This year, it's going to be different. A different year. A different attitude. We are much more mature, and we'll be better on offense, I can tell you that.

Q: How do you benefit when Julio Jones is hot like he was last week?

A: It makes it a lot easier once he gets going. You get a lot of one-on-one coverages. You get the technique that you want. As long as he plays that way for the rest of the season, we'll be fine.

Q: Is the run blocking part of the job in the new offense much harder?

A: I think it's just sustaining blocks for a lot longer. It's not more than what I did when Michael Turner was here, I'll tell you that. It's not more extensive blocking. The zone scheme is designed to make players run 10 to 15 yards and stretch them out. You have to hold your blocks a lot longer. That's been a big issue, sustaining blocks and holding on to guys for a little bit longer.

Q: How can you fix that?

A: We've been practicing on that throughout training camp. They've been telling us and we've been blocking dummies and things like that. It's a lot different blocking a human being in the game than hitting a blocking dummy.