Julio Jones is still the man in Atlanta, but Calvin Ridley has become his 1B and should be drafted in the first four rounds in all formats. Ridley's 2019 breakout was derailed by injury, but it's there if you look hard enough. His 16-game pace was for 78 catches, 1,066 yards and nine touchdowns. In five games after Mohamed Sanu was traded, Ridley averaged better than 80 yards per game. This could be a situation like Tampa Bay in 2019 where both Jones and Ridley are top 10 wide receivers, thankfully you don't have to pay that kind of price for Ridley yet. There may still be a window to buy Ridley in Dynasty for less than he's worth.
Ridley (abdomen) has been working out with Matt Ryan, who believes the young wideout "could explode" in his third pro season, AL.com's Mark Inabinett reports. "He's a guy I think could explode going into a year like this," Ryan said. "He's in phenomenal shape, he's been running great and I think his grasp of the offense and his mastery of our system is so much further along than it was last year." Ridley missed the final three games of last season with an abdominal injury, but the estimated recovery timeline of only 3-to-4 weeks allowed for a healthy offseason. He piled up 395 yards and three TDs in his final four appearances last year, potentially setting the stage for a 2020 breakout. Ryan seems to be on board with the idea, noting that Ridley should benefit from his recent on-field workouts with the veteran quarterback and other teammates. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also expects Ridley to improve in Year 3, mentioning route running as a potential area for continued growth.
Ridley (abdomen) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Ridley was knocked out of the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Panthers due to a lower abdominal injury, which is accompanied by a 3-to-4-week recovery timetable. With just three games left on the schedule, the team's hand has been forced, ending his second campaign. Despite playing three fewer games than his rookie season, Ridley posted a career-best 866 yards to go with seven touchdowns on 63 catches and 93 targets.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that Ridley would be shut down for the season with a lower abdominal injury, but the receiver is only expected to need around 3-to-4 weeks of recovery time, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports. Ridley likely would have attempted to return in 2019 if the Falcons were still in the mix for a playoff spot, but with a 4-9 record heading into Week 15, Atlanta won't take any chances with him. Quinn suggested that Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus would be the primary beneficiaries of added snaps while Ridley is out, according to Butt. Based on Ridley's recovery timeline, he should enjoy a normal offseason and be back to full strength when the Falcons reconvene for OTAs.
Ridley (abdomen) indicated Monday that he's out for the season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. With Ridley out of the mix, Julio Jones and Russell Gage will head the Falcons' receiving corps down the stretch, with Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake and Justin Hardy all candidates to see added looks in the team's passing attack.
Ridley (abdomen) won't return to Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports. Initially questionable to reenter the game due to discomfort in his abdomen, Ridley will finish the day with five receptions (on five targets) for 76 yards and one touchdown. Behind Julio Jones and Russell Gage, it's anyone's guess who will step up between Christian Blake, Justin Hardy and Olamide Zaccheaus.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/06||@Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|11||11/22||@New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|12||11/29||Las Vegas Raiders||22||22.63|
|13||12/06||New Orleans Saints||27||24.71|
|14||12/13||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|15||12/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
|16||12/27||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|17||01/03||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||27.63|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||93||64||844||8||43||13.19||135|