Ridley recently underwent minor foot surgery, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Ridley wasn't present for the start of minicamp for an unspecified reason, but he apparently underwent a cleanup procedure on his foot recently. He won't participate in minicamp, but he could be ready for the start of training camp in late July. Even if the 26-year-old misses the start of training camp, he's "not in danger" of missing the start of the season, according to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic. Ridley is slated to begin the 2021 campaign as Atlanta's clear No. 1 receiver after Julio Jones was traded to the Titans over the weekend.
Ridley is the clear No. 1 receiver in Atlanta with the team having agreed to trade Julio Jones to Tennessee, ESPN.com reports.
Ridley had 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns on 143 targets last season while playing in 15 games to Jones' nine. Jones eclipsed 143 targets in all but one of the previous six seasons, topping out at 203 in 2015, and Ridley also can expect to have the ball thrown his way more frequently as the undisputed No. 1 wide receiver in Atlanta's pass-heavy offense. Ridley will have to contend with the opponent's No. 1 cornerback more often with Jones no longer in town to take away attention, but the increase in volume should more than make up for the higher difficulty of matchups.
The Falcons exercised Ridley's $11.12 million team option for 2022 on Monday, Gaby Moran of Atlanta's official site reports.
Atlanta likely didn't have to think too hard about whether to extend Ridley's rookie contract to a fifth year after he emerged as one of the NFL's top wideouts in 2020. Following a pair of promising campaigns to begin his career, Ridley catapulted to stardom last season, claiming second-team All-Pro honors after amassing 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Ridley and Julio Jones will remain locked in as the No. 1 and 2 options in some order in a strong Atlanta passing game that was bolstered this offseason with the addition of No. 4 overall pick Kyle Pitts, who is widely viewed as one of the top pass-catching tight end draft prospects in recent memory.
Ridley reeled in eight of his 12 targets for 52 yards, losing one fumble during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.
Ridley and Russell Gage (11 targets) were the clear focal points in the passing game during Atlanta's season finale, collectively engulfing over 56 percent of the team's targets. Ridley came back to earth in the yardage department after posting an absurd 525 receiving yards over his preceding four outings entering Sunday. However, the 26-year-old's eight receptions provided him with a respectable floor in PPR formats. He blew past previous career highs this season by totaling 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and 10 total touchdowns (nine receiving, one rushing), though Ridley was not given a Pro Bowl nod during his third pro campaign. The team should have an easy time making a decision on Ridley's fifth-year option this offseason; however, an extension could potentially be in the cards, depending on the direction taken by the franchise's new general manager. Ridley is set to make roughly $2 million in 2021 on the heels of his most prolific pro campaign.
Ridley reeled in five of nine targets for 130 yards and lost seven yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 17-14 loss to Kansas City.
Ridley attracted four more targets than any other Falcon during Week 16, posting his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving output in the process. The third-year wideout continued to produce gaudy numbers Sunday with Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive for a third straight contest, as he has averaged 139 receiving yards per game with two total touchdowns since Week 14. Ridley has attracted nine or more targets in six consecutive appearances, and he next draws a matchup against Tampa Bay to close out 2020. The 26-year-old racked up 10 catches for 163 yards and a TD when the division rivals faced off Week 15.
Ridley reeled in 10 of 14 targets for 163 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
On his 26th birthday, Ridley decided he would be the one handing out gifts. For those with stock in the Alabama product, he delivered a third consecutive 100-yard receiving outing and his seventh total on the season. With Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive for a second straight game, Ridley expectantly dominated the target share, collecting four more looks than the next-busiest pass catcher. Atlanta's Week 16 opponent, Kansas City, will aim to slow the electrifying wideout. The Chiefs have excelled in containing opposing WRs so far this season, allowing the third-fewest catches to the position.
Ridley (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
Ridley has dealt with the same foot injury for much of the season, remaining productive all the same. He should be fine to handle his usual large helping of snaps and targets this weekend, especially with fellow wideout Julio Jones (hamstring) being ruled out for another game.
Ridley (foot) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.
Ridley maintained his activity level from Wednesday, as did Julio Jones (hamstring), who was unable to practice yet again. If Jones needs to sit out again Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ridley would be in line to lead the Falcons' receiving corps, assuming he's able to play through his foot issue. Since the team's Week 10 bye, Ridley has notched 24 catches (on 40 targets) for 372 yards and two touchdowns over the last four games.
Ridley was limited at practice Wednesday due to a foot injury, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Ridley was examined briefly by Falcons trainers during the team's Week 14 loss to the Chargers, but he still played 84 percent of the offensive snaps on his way to his second consecutive 100-yard effort. His appearance on the injury report to begin Week 15 suggests the foot issue was the root cause of his brief departure against the Chargers, so his status will be one to monitor as the week goes on. Meanwhile, Julio Jones (hamstring) remained sidelined from practice Wednesday, and if he requires another absence Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ridley would be in line for another significant target count, assuming he's available.
Ridley corralled eight of 12 targets for 124 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.
Ridley was evaluated by trainers in the second half for a potential injury, but he quickly returned to continue his prolific afternoon. The third-year man had already made quite an impression through the first two quarters, reeling in a 39-yard TD strike from fellow wideout Russell Gage to kick off the scoring for Atlanta and racking up a total of 95 yards by halftime. If Julio Jones (hamstring) is forced to sit a second consecutive game Week 15, Ridley would remain the unquestioned No. 1 target for a matchup against the Buccaneers.
Ridley collected five of 10 targets for 108 yards during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.
Ridley and Julio Jones each commanded 10 targets on the afternoon, but by recording four different receptions of 18-plus yards, the third-year man was able to edge out Jones for the team high in receiving yards. The 25-year-old has been a consistent high-floor option this season, with 90-plus yards or a touchdown in nine of his 11 appearances. Week 14 presents a less than ideal matchup for Ridley and the Atlanta WR corps, however, with the opposing Chargers entering play Sunday allowing an NFL-low 123 receptions to wideouts.
Ridley (foot/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Ridley's two injuries limited his activity in practices Wednesday through Friday, but the fact that the Falcons aren't even labeling him as questionable for the Week 13 contest implies that neither the foot nor the ankle issue is a significant concern. Fellow wideout Julio Jones (hamstring) also was unable to practice in full at any point this week, and though he's listed as questionable, he too expects to play. During the Falcons' Week 11 matchup with New Orleans, Ridley and Jones combined for a modest seven receptions for 119 yards, but the wideout tandem could be in store for bigger games in the rematch with the Saints down starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee).
Ridley (foot/ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Ridley maintained his activity for a second consecutive day, while Julio Jones (hamstring) followed up Wednesday's limited session with no practice Thursday. With Jones sidelined this past Sunday versus the Raiders, Ridley hauled in six of nine targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. Heavy volume could be in store for Ridley again Week 13 against the Saints if Jones sits out another game.
Ridley (foot/ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Ridley has regularly been limited at practice since sitting out Week 9 due to a mid-foot sprain, so his limitations to begin Week 13 shouldn't be of much concern at this juncture. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, interim coach Raheem Morris said that the third-year wideout will handle his usual amount of reps this week. He was briefly forced out of last Sunday's win over the Raiders due to his foot/ankle issues, but Ridley managed to return just two plays later.
Ridley secured six of nine targets for 50 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.
The third-year receiver was limited throughout the practice week because of a foot issue, but he contributed Atlanta's first TD on Sunday in what turned out to be a laugher. He exited briefly in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury, but he was able to return two plays later. Ridley was the unquestioned No. 1 pass-catching option, pacing Atlanta in targets, receptions and receiving yards while Julio Jones sat out with a hamstring injury. Entering Week 12, Ridley had gone for 110-plus receiving yards in both games Jones was inactive this season (Weeks 3 and 5). We will have to wait and see on Jones' status for a Week 13 home game against New Orleans. Ridley has fared well both with and without Jones in the lineup this year. He needs just 70 receiving yards to surpass his best season-long total of 866.
Ridley will take on a bigger role in the Falcons offense Sunday versus the Raiders with Julio Jones (hamstring) sidelined, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Ridley has been targeted 10 or more times in four games this season, and two of those occurred with Jones out of the lineup. In those contests -- Week 3 versus the Bears and Week 5 against the Panthers -- Ridley combined for 13 catches, 246 yards and no touchdowns on 23 targets. Facing the Raiders' 28th-ranked pass defense (273.6 yards per game) should be a boon for Ridley's Week 12 prospects.
Ridley (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Meanwhile, Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable after missing Friday's practice. Ridley could see a couple extra targets if his teammate doesn't play, though his numbers have actually been a bit better in the games Jones has played this year.
Ridley (foot) was listed as limited on Thursday's estimated injury report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Ridley's practice reps continue to be capped as he attempts to get over a mid-foot sprain, which sidelined him Week 9. He proceeded to suit up this past Sunday in New Orleans, hauling in five of nine passes for 90 yards in the process. Friday's injury report may clear up his availability for a Week 12 matchup with the Raiders.
Ridley (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Ridley sat out Week 9 due to a mid-foot sprain, but after Atlanta's ensuing bye, he reeled in five catches (on nine targets) for 90 yards in this past Sunday's loss at New Orleans. While the limitations on his reps Wednesday may have been maintenance-related, Ridley still has two more sessions to elevate to full activity before week's end.
Ridley caught five of his nine targets for 90 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.
With Julio Jones hobbled for much of the contest because of a hamstring issue, Ridley contributed his highest receiving output since Week 5. The third-year receiver was inactive for Atlanta's win over the Broncos on Nov. 8, and he remained limited throughout the practice week entering Sunday. A 46-yard reception against the Saints mitigated concerns regarding his explosiveness coming off the injury. He benefitted from extra recuperation time with Atlanta taking its bye last week. Ridley has posted five different outings of 90-plus yards as the 3-7 Falcons prepare to host Las Vegas in Week 12.
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|2||Sun 09/20||@ DAL||L 39-40||7||109||15.6||25||2|
|3||Sun 09/27||vs CHI||L 26-30||5||110||22.0||63||0|
|4||Mon 10/05||@ GB||L 16-30||0||0||-||0||0|
|5||Sun 10/11||vs CAR||L 16-23||8||136||17.0||26||0|
|6||Sun 10/18||@ MIN||W 40-23||6||61||10.2||18||1|
|7||Sun 10/25||vs DET||L 22-23||5||69||13.8||27||1|
|8||Thu 10/29||@ CAR||W 25-17||3||42||14.0||19||0|
|9||Sun 11/08||@ ATL||L 27-34||0||0||-||-||0|
|11||Sun 11/22||@ NO||L 9-24||5||90||18.0||46||0|
|12||Sun 11/29||vs LV||W 43-6||6||50||8.3||16||1|
|13||Sun 12/06||vs NO||L 16-21||5||108||21.6||31||0|
|14||Sun 12/13||@ LAC||L 17-20||8||124||15.5||39||1|
|15||Sun 12/20||vs TB||L 27-31||10||163||16.3||33||1|
|16||Sun 12/27||@ KC||L 14-17||5||130||26.0||54||0|
|17||Sun 01/03||@ TB||L 27-44||8||52||6.5||18||0|
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