Ridley caught eight of 11 targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Giants. Ridley led the Falcons in receptions and targets, but besides a long gain of 20 yards, he mostly was a factor on underneath routes. Through three games, Atlanta's top wideout is yet to surpass 65 yards, but he's hauled in at least five passes each contest. After tying for fifth league-wide with 1,374 receiving yards last season, Ridley still hasn't enjoyed his breakout performance under new coach Arthur Smith, yet he remains a reliable option ahead of Week 4's matchup against Washington.
Ridley secured seven of 10 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' 48-25 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday. Ridley made his first 2021 trip to the end zone in the third quarter, hauling in a three-yard pass from Matt Ryan to close the Falcons' deficit to 11 points at the time. The Falcons' No. 1 wideout looked the part a bit more than during a pedestrian Week 1 effort, and he'll look to capitalize on a questionable Giants secondary in a Week 3 road battle.
Ridley brought in five of eight targets for 51 yards in the Falcons' 32-6 loss to the Eagles on Sunday. Ridley did pace the Falcons in receptions and receiving yards on the afternoon while also tying Kyle Pitts for the team lead in targets. Nevertheless, Ridley's final line has to be considered a fantasy disappointment in what was the Falcons' first game of the post-Julio Jones era. Time will tell whether Ridley is miscast as a No. 1 receiver, as it's difficult to draw any definitive conclusions from a game that got as out of hand in the second half as Sunday's did. The problem for Ridley and his offensive teammates is that matters could be even thornier Week 2, considering a road matchup against the Buccaneers awaits.
Ridley is in uniform ahead of Sunday's preseason contest against the Browns, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. It's unclear if Ridley will make his exhibition debut, but Matt Ryan and Mike Davis also are dressed, meaning the Falcons may be trotting out their first-team offense for spell in the first half. If so, we may get a peek at rookie tight end Kyle Pitts working in concert with Ridley.
Ridley will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Miami, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports. The Falcons are resting many of their starters, and Ridley is as important as any. With Ridley inactive, the Falcons likely will take a longer look at backup receivers such as Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake, Tajae Sharpe and Frank Darby.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/03||Washington Football Team||30||32.00|
|5||10/10||New York Jets||4||16.00|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||16||23.00|
|11||11/18||New England Patriots||5||17.00|
|13||12/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||32||38.00|
|15||12/19||@San Francisco 49ers||14||22.67|
|18||01/09||New Orleans Saints||16||23.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||110||72||1020||9||50||14.17||158|