Ridley hauled in three of five targets for 37 yards, adding one rush for three yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to the Browns. Ridley has exceeded 70 yards on two occasions thus far in 2018 (Week 3 and Week 9). In the weeks following those two outings, the rookie receiver has seen a 68 percent reduction in terms of receiving output (91 combined yards in games following 146- and 71-yard displays). It's possible that opposing defenses are keying on the explosive Ridley, as he's averaged 5.5 targets in the "comedown" games, compared to 8.5 targets in his two 70-yard receiving performances. We may normally expect a rebound here, but facing one of the NFL's most resistant pass defenses in Dallas (under 220 passing yards allowed per game) keeps Ridley in fantasy flex territory for Week 11.
Ridley caught six of nine passes for 71 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 38-14 win over Washington. He added a 6-yard run. The rookie first-rounder scored six touchdowns during the first four games of the season, so fans could be forgiven for being puzzled as to why the young stud went scoreless in three straight games with just 128 total yards during that span. He got back on track in the final seconds of the first half, settling over the middle and then chugging up the field for a 40-yard score. Ridley has been targeted at least five times in six of his last seven games. With his big-play ability, the production should come -- just maybe not next Sunday against Cleveland, one of the league's better pass defenses.
Ridley (ankle) was present at the part of Thursday's practice open to the media but didn't have a helmet or shells, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Ridley was somewhat active during warmups, but it's unclear if he'll practice in a limited capacity, as coach Dan Quinn told McClure earlier Thursday. Fortunately for Ridley, an MRI was returned clean on his injured left ankle, which is thought to be a bone bruise. While the lack of the aforementioned equipment implies he may not practice, the Falcons' first Week 7 injury report will confirm his activity level.
Ridley (ankle) is expected to return to practice on a limited basis Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports. Ridley already had his MRI come back clean, and the belief in Falcons camp is that he is dealing with a bone bruise. The fact that the rookie is getting in reps Thursday is encouraging, but his practice status will still be something to monitor throughout the week. Both he and fellow receiver Mohamed Sanu (hip) are a bit banged up, but an extra day certainly helps their chances of suiting up Monday night against the Giants.
Coach Dan Quinn hopes Ridley (ankle) and Mohamed Sanu (hip) will be able to play next Monday against the Giants, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports. Both Ridley and Sanu didn't return from their respective injuries this past Sunday versus the Buccaneers, allowing Justin Hardy to turn an increase in offensive snaps into three catches (on seven targets) for 33 yards. The Falcons have the benefit of an extra day to prepare Week 7, but they also won't be required to release an injury report until Thursday. Fortunately for Ridley, he's believed to have suffered only a bone bruise in his ankle, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com.
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