The Falcons selected Alabama WR Calvin Ridley with the 26th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Ridley broke Amari Cooper’s school record for receiving yards by a freshman with 1,045 in 2015. He didn’t reach 1,000 yards in either his final 2 seasons, although Alabama’s passing game wasn’t as effective. Consider that Ridley posted a 63.6% catch rate last year, while all other Tide wideouts combined to haul in just 52.0% of their targets. Ridley is arriving from a pro-style offense and is 1 of the best route runners in the draft class. In other words, he’s about as pro-ready as they come. The concerns are that he’s small (6’0, 189 pounds), unathletic (8th percentile SPARQ score) and relatively old (he’ll turn 24 in December). It all makes it tough to get excited about his upside. So does the fact that he’s stuck with target hog Julio Jones in the short term. Ridley will battle with Mohamed Sanu for #2 on the totem pole.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Falcons WR Calvin Ridley will miss the rest of the season with the abdominal injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Panthers. That leaves playing time and targets available for WRs Russell Gage and Christian Blake, though a Week 15 trip to San Francisco leaves us unexcited. A home date with Jacksonville in Week 16 looks more attractive, as does a Week 17 trip to Tampa Bay if your league plays that long.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley was knocked out in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Panthers with an abdominal injury. We'll look for more information on his status.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley exited for a concussion check in the 4th quarter of Sunday's game against the Seahawks. We'll update his status when we know more.
Update: Ridley returned later in the 4th quarter.
Falcons HC Dan Quinn said Saturday that both WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) and WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) will play against the Giants on Monday night. Ridley practiced on Friday and Saturday and said he feels like his "normal self." Sanu only worked on Saturday. "I feel good, but it's a little [pain] management, too," he said of his bruised hip. "It's definitely going to get better. I mean, it's way better than it was.'' Consider both Sanu and Ridley risk/reward Week 7 fantasy plays.
Falcons WR Calvin Ridley (ankle) returned to a limited practice on Friday, but WR Mohamed Sanu (hip) remained sidelined. Ridley now seems to have a better shot to play against the Giants on Monday night. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.
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