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Calvin Ridley
ATL

WR ATL

#4 Wide Receiver

197 Projected Points

ADP: 2.9
Bye: 6
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 26
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 189
40 Time: 4.43

2021 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#4 Wide Receiver

197 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
2.9 96 1349 10 6

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3d Projection

Med Floor

175.3

DS Projection

197

Consensus

38 other sites
156.9

Low Ceiling

220.6

Ceiling Likelihood

Medium
How likely they will reach their ceiling projection

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

-Missing only 1 game to a foot sprain (and playing through a hamstring injury in another) Ridley finished as the WR4 in PPR points per game.

-He smashed prior career highs with 143 targets, 90 catches, 1,374 yards and 9 TDs.

-In 7 games without Julio Jones, Ridley averaged 11.2 targets, 7.1 catches, 109.2 yards and .42 .TDs. Elite numbers.

-Julio, of course, was dealt to the Titans in June.

-Ridley also benefited from a pass happy Atlanta offense. Led by Matt Ryan, the Falcons ranked #1 in raw pass attempts and #1 in pass rate. Expect both numbers to regress a bit in 2021.

-Ridley’s 19 end zone targets tied for 2nd-most league-wide.

-A career-high 15.2-yard average depth of target helped him lead the league in air yards.

-The Falcons didn’t make any impact WR adds in free agency or the draft. But they selected WR-lookalike Kyle Pitts with the 4th overall pick. He projects as an offensive focal point right away.

-A tradeoff of Julio for Pitts should be considered a win for Ridley. The veteran likely would have seen a larger target share than the rookie had he remained a Falcon.

-Matt Ryan enters September as a 36-year-old in his 14th pro season. He didn’t show any obvious signs of decline in 2020; Pro Football Focus slotted him 9th league-wide in passing grade.

-While not carbon copies, AJ Brown broke out in 2020 under new HC Arthur Smith’s tutelage. He went 70-1,065-11 with a 22.6% target share — all across 14 games.

-While Atlanta’s pass rate figures to dip a bit, we still see this unit clearly leaning pass. Two main reasons why: a suspect backfield and defense.

-Ridley, a 2018 1st-rounder, had his 5th year option picked up in May. The Falcons will look to sign him long-term over the next year.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

A clear rapport with Matt Ryan and a keen ability to separate have elevated Ridley to WR1 status. He held up well on a massive, 143-target workload in 2020. And he’s in a great spot to see similar usage this fall — especially with Julio Jones off the roster.

Only 26, Ridley looks like a high-floor, high-ceiling target with an ADP in mid- Round 2.

 

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was on the field for Thursday's practice after missing spring workouts recovering from foot surgery. "The Falcons number one receiver looks good," ESPN's Michael Rothstein tweeted. "Cut well out of his breaks and looked smooth as ever." We'll continue to keep an eye on Ridley, but it doesn't sound like we should be concerned about the foot.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley recently underwent "minor" foot surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. "A little cleanup," Rapoport adds. Ridley won't participate in minicamp but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. We'll keep an eye on him.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley got his left ankle twisted on a 3rd-quarter catch against the Raiders on Sunday. We'll pass along an update on his status when we get one.

Update: Ridley was able to return after missing just 1 play.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) was limited in practice all week but isn’t listed on the final injury report. So he’ll be back for Sunday’s game against the Saints — and should be locked back into fantasy lineups. Ridley’s return is also good news for QB Matt Ryan.

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Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (foot) remained limited on Thursday. "There's a chance" he's back for this weekend's game against the Saints, according to the team's official website. We'll get another update on Ridley tomorrow.

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