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Desmond Ridder
ADP: 24.5
Bye: 14
Experience: 0 Yr(s)
Age: 23.1
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 207
40 Time: 4.52
Burst Score (Rank): 126.50 (95%)

Desmond Ridder's Weekly Outlook

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Yds TDs INT Rush Yds Fantasy Pts
141.1 0.8 0.5 15 10

Desmond Ridder's 2022 Projections & Outlook

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#37 Quarterback

80.3 Projected Points

ADP Comp/Att P Yds P TD INT Att R Yds Fum
24.5 95.7/165 1105.5 6.1 4.1 23 117.3 1

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Desmond Ridder, QB ATL

7:20am EDT 8/30/22

Ridder ready?

Ted Nguyen of The Athletic believes Falcons rookie QB Desmond Ridder is "mentally ready to handle being an NFL starter." Nguyen calls Ridder "a poised, polished prospect who played in a Cincinnati offense that utilizes many drop back concepts that translate to the pro game." He lauded Ridder's reading of defenses and decisive downfield throws in the preseason. Nguyen also acknowledged that the Falcons "seem set" on starting QB Marcus Mariota in Week 1. And it's worth noting that the veteran finished the preseason with the highest Pro Football Focus passing grade in the league (albeit on just 12 attempts across 15 dropbacks). Unless Mariota has the team surprisingly in contention, though, it would make sense for the Falcons to give Ridder a shot this season to see if he can be the future or if they need to pursue a 1st-round QB next April.

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Falcons QB Marcus Mariota played just 13 snaps in the 1st preseason game, attempting only 2 throws (he completed both). He then gave way to rookie Desmond Ridder for triple the playing time in that one. Mariota played just 15 snaps in Monday night's 2nd exhibition, against the Jets, but he went 6-of-10 passing for 132 yards, 1 TD and a 137.5 passer rating. “I’m pleased with Marcus,” HC Arthur Smith told reporters afterward, according to Pro Football Talk. “He got into a good rhythm. The only drive I thought wasn’t very good was where we tried to simulate a two-minute situation, we got backed up and it wasn’t really clean there, but other than that I thought he was really cleaned when he was in there. I think he got into the offense, got into a rhythm, made a big-time throw.” Expect Mariota to hit the regular season as the starter. We'll see about Ridder's progression and whether he's in for a shot this year.

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Josh Kendall of The Athletic says the "Falcons seem to have [Marcus] Mariota firmly penciled into that starting role now." He adds that he expects to see rookie QB Desmond Ridder get a shot before the end of the season. "Firmly penciled in" seems like deliberate language in that it points to Mariota being the heavy favorite at the moment -- but also that Ridder could change things if he simply outperforms the vet. We'll keep watching the competition, though the fantasy impact is minimal given what should be 1 of the league's worst offenses.

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Falcons QB Marcus Mariota has been working with the 1st team in the first few days of training camp, per The Athletic's Josh Kendall. Rookie QB Desmond Ridders has been with the 2s. "Obviously, we’ve got a plan for each of them. Marcus is the starter,” QBs coach Charles London said. “I expect those guys to compete. Right now, Marcus is the starter, and he’s doing a great job.” Consider Mariota a comfy favorite to open the season as Atlanta's starter -- but there's still a good chance we see Ridder at some point.

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Per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, Falcons QB Marcus Mariota “appears to be far ahead” of QB Desmond Ridder. Unsurprisingly, Rothstein says it would be “a stretch” for Ridder to start the opener. Our current QB projections have Mariota for 12 games; the rookie for 5. Note that Atlanta’s bye week doesn’t arrive until Week 14.

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Desmond Ridder, QB ATL
Dynasty MVP 84.4
Position Rank #51 QB
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The displayed rushing upside of Malik Willis has him tops among the Round 3 QBs on our board, but it's OK to rank this trio in any order. Ridder also delivered plenty of rushing value in college, tallying 2,180 yards across 4 starting seasons. Although there's plenty of room for growth in his passing, Ridder seems closer to NFL readiness on that front and with his decision-making from the pocket than Willis. Atlanta signed Marcus Mariota to a 2-year deal this offseason. But that contract carries just $2.5 million in dead-cap space for 2023 if Mariota gets dumped and a mere $6.75 million in guarantees. So it's not hard to find a starting path for Ridder if he puts it altogether. Of course, the Round 3 draft capital also means there's no guarantee he gets such a shot at any point.
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