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Turner returning to prominence for Falcons

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012
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Four-time Pro Bowl receiver Roddy White benefited enormously from the man-to-man matchups against Carolina, catching for 169 yards and two touchdowns.

"Any time we can get the big guy running like that and those guys got to bring their safeties down to the box, me and Julio are going to have a fun day," White said. "We love when we can get that safety down there and helping out on the run and we can play-action and go deep and things like that. If the big boy can run like that for the next 13 games (laughing), we'll be fine."

The Falcons are third in scoring with 31 points per game, maybe not a good omen for a Washington defense that allows an average of 30.8 and ranks 27th.

Washington's pass rush has produced just seven sacks, with 3.5 of them belonging to outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, but Turner believes the Redskins could still pose some problems with ball security.

Led by 15th-year inside linebacker London Fletcher, Washington's 3-4 front has helped lead an attack that ranks sixth in the NFL with nine takeaways.

"He's probably the most underrated player in the league," Turner said. "His resume speaks for itself. He's always going to be around the football. He has a great nose for the football, has great skills to get off blockers and make plays. We've got to be able to handle him and other guys. They've got some big boys up front, too."

Turner just wants to keep staying his current course — shoulder pads square, hitting an open space and breaking tackles into the second level of the defense.

He even showed some savvy in the passing game last week, catching a screen over the middle and running for a 60-yard touchdown.

"We want to be two-dimensional offensively," Turner said. "As long as we can keep improving, we'll be all right."

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