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Ridder completed 14 of 21 passes for 185 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 28-12 preseason win over the Jaguars. He also rushed twice for minus-1 yard while playing into the fourth quarter of Atlanta's preseason finale. This performance showed why the Falcons plan to open the regular season with Marcus Mariota under center and are likely planning to keep starting him for most or all of the season. Ridder's a good athlete, but the rookie third-round pick still needs to work on his decision-making as a passer. His first pass of the game was picked off, and while Ridder bounced back with a two-yard touchdown pass to fellow rookie Tyler Allgeier on the next possession, he was intercepted again in the final seconds of the first half.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Desmond Ridder: Effective in second preseason gameRidder completed 10 of 13 passes for 143 yards in Monday's preseason loss to the Jets. Ridder entered the game for the Falcons' fourth offensive possession and led the team on two effective drives prior to halftime. Though Atlanta had to settle for field goals on both occasions -- primarily the product of penalties -- the rookie third-round pick showed the ability to push the ball deep by connecting for long gains of 34, 20, 18 and 17 yards to an assortment of backup skill-position players. Despite the strong performance, Ridder figures to open the regular season as the backup to Marcus Mariota.... See More ... See Less
Falcons' Desmond Ridder: Atlanta catches in third roundThe Falcons selected Ridder in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, 74th overall. Ridder fell much further than expected, and while there was a reason for that descent, this still looks like an excellent pick for the Falcons. Ridder lacks a strong arm and isn't the most natural passer, but his leadership character and work ethic are exceptional and he should present as a rushing threat in the NFL thanks to his 4.52 speed. Ridder (6-foot-3, 211 pounds) was a program-defining player at Cincinnati, where he was a highly successful four-year starter, and he'll likely get a shot to start in Atlanta even with Marcus Mariota the favorite for the top job in the short term.... See More ... See Less
Knox Bardeen@knoxbardeen5D agoSo this is feeding into one of the other hot Falcons topics: Bench Mariota, start Ridder?
D. Orlando Ledbetter@DOrlandoAJC6D agoBradley’s Buzz: The #Falcons draw closer to Ridder time — By @MarkBradleyAJC https://t.co/Xwae2zw4Vk
D. Orlando Ledbetter@DOrlandoAJC7D agoWonder if we're going to see Desmond Ridder for the #Falcons in the second half if this thing really gets out of hand.