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.
Ridley experienced abdominal pain during Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Prior to his departure in the third quarter, Ridley had a team-leading five catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. If he's unable to return, his absence will open up reps for the likes of Russell Gage, Christian Blake, Justin Hardy and Olamide Zaccheaus behind top wide receiver Julio Jones.
Ridley (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Carolina, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Ridley was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, with no suggestion he was ever in danger of missing the Week 14 game. He will face added competition for targets with both Julio Jones (shoulder) and Austin Hooper (knee) back in the lineup.
Ridley (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Like fellow starting wideout Julio Jones (shoulder), Ridley's practice reps were capped for the second day in a row, making the Falcons' final session of the week Friday important with regard to both players' statuses for Sunday's game versus Carolina. Considering Jones was inactive in the Falcons' 26-18 loss to New Orleans while Ridley hauled in eight balls for 91 yards in the contest, the latter receiver is probably at less risk of sitting out Week 14.
Ridley was limited by a toe injury during Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Ridley is matching Julio Jones' (shoulder) activity level, but at least both wide receivers are participating Wednesday in some capacity, which helps their cases for suiting up on game day. Working as the top wideout in Jones' absence last Thursday against the Saints, Ridley hauled in eight of 10 targets for 91 yards.
Ridley corralled eight of 10 targets for 91 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to New Orleans.
The second-year wideout has been electrifying over Atlanta's past three games, compiling 22 receptions for 319 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, Buccaneers and Saints. Mohamed Sanu's trade to New England and Austin Hooper's injury (knee-MCL) have led to an uptick in offensive opportunity for Ridley, but in Julio Jones' absence (shoulder) Thanksgiving night, the 24-year-old emerged as Atlanta's No. 1 option in the team's passing game. The former Crimson Tide standout didn't disappoint, leading both sides in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Ridley remains a strong play in Week 14, taking on a Panthers defense against which he amassed eight catches, 141 yards and a touchdown Nov. 17.
Ridley caught six of 14 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-22 loss to Tampa Bay.
The second-year wideout has provided rampant fantasy production over his past two games after falling into a brief mid-season slump, amassing 14 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns in outings against the Panthers and Buccaneers over the past two Sundays. While Ridley is riding a hot streak at the moment, he's been known to fade into the background certain weeks depending on the opponent and circumstance. Prior to his recent two-game breakout, Ridley had averaged fewer than four receptions and 45 receiving yards per game, with zero touchdowns in outings against the Rams, Seahawks and Saints between Weeks 7 and 10. Upcoming on Thanksgiving night, Ridley will be facing New Orleans for the second time this season, just three weeks removed from a three-catch, 28-yard dud against the Saints on Nov. 10.
Ridley caught all eight of his targets for 143 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.
Ridley tied Julio Jones for a team-high eight targets, providing the second-year receiver with his highest number of offensive opportunities since Week 5. Given that Ridley has averaged nearly 6.5 targets per game on the season, it's fair to say that workload has been less of a concern than yardage and scoring production. Since amassing 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns between Week 1 and 2, he had eclipsed 75 receiving yards just once over the ensuing seven outings. Despite his boom-or-bust nature, Ridley's upside remains immense given Atlanta's upcoming matchup against a Tampa Bay defense that has surrendered 14 combined passing touchdowns over its past four games.
Ridley caught three of five targets for 28 receiving yards and picked up 19 rushing yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 26-9 win against the Saints.
There are Sundays when Ridley booms, as well as Sundays when Ridley busts. Week 10 was an instance of the latter, as Ridley was held under 35 receiving yards with zero touchdowns for the fourth time over his past seven outings. Though he has been inconsistent for stretches of the season thus far, there is reason to believe he will soon see an increase in workload as result of Mohamed Sanu's trade to New England, as well as Austin Hooper's potential absence due to a knee injury suffered Sunday. Despite the probable uptick in volume, Atlanta's upcoming opponent does not present a scenario for Ridley to be re-inserted into lineups with absolute confidence, as the Falcons will be facing off against Carolina's top-10 pass defense in Week 11.
Ridley (head) had to be evaluated for a concussion midway through Sunday's 27-20 loss to Seattle, but he was able to reenter the game and accumulate four receptions for 70 yards on seven targets.
Ridley was coming off a disappointing four-catch, 30-yard outing in his prior showing, but he was able to produce two explosive plays of 19-plus yards Sunday, while also pitching in a successful two-point conversion during Atlanta's opening drive of the second half. His four touchdowns to the midway point of 2019 are impressive, but Ridley is averaging per-game outputs of fewer than 3.5 catches and 35 receiving yards in his four appearances without a touchdown this season. He may not need a score to provide another respectable fantasy output when the Falcons return to the field Nov. 10, facing a Saints defense that entered Week 8 as a bottom-eight unit in both receiving yards (1,252) and receiving touchdowns (nine) allowed to opposing wideouts.
Ridley (head) returned to Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
After undergoing concussion tests, Ridley has been cleared to get back on the field. He'll look to expand upon his 2-32-0 line on five targets at the time of his departure.
Ridley was removed from Sunday's game against the Seahawks to be evaluated for a concussion, Wendy Adams of the Falcons Radio Network reports.
RIdley was slow to get up after a 19-yard catch early in the fourth quarter. If he's diagnosed with a concussion, he'll end the day with two receptions (on five targets) for 32 yards. Russell Gage and Justin Hardy are the next wide receivers up in the Falcons offense.
Ridley corralled four of six targets for 30 receiving yards during Sunday's 37-10 loss to the Rams.
The second-year wideout has been a prototypical boom-bust fantasy commodity, with four catches and a touchdown in four of seven outings thus far in 2019, but just eight receptions for 68 yards with zero touchdowns in his other three appearances combined. Upcoming next, Ridley and the Falcons' receiving corps will be tasked with dissecting a Seahawks defense that came into Week 7 with just one multi-passing touchdown outing allowed over its preceding four games.
Ridley caught four of six targets for 48 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.
The second-year wideout is on one his characteristic touchdown outbursts, with four scoring catches over Atlanta's first six games of the 2019 campaign. Ridley accounted for an even more impressive six-touchdown run between Weeks 2 and 4 of last season en route to a 10-TD output by season's end. The upcoming matchup against the Rams is a promising one for Ridley to build upon his scoring total, as Los Angeles has surrendered two 100-yard receiving outings, as well as touchdown passes to seven different players over the past three weeks.
Ridley hauled in five of a team-high nine targets, collecting 88 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 53-32 loss to the Texans.
It's been the tale of two Ridleys through five weeks of the talented wideout's sophomore campaign: He has 60-plus receiving yards and a touchdown in three different games this season (Weeks 1, 2 and 5), but just a combined four catches for 38 yards in his other two. He's played at least 60 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in every game thus far in 2019, with nearly eight targets per game if excluding his enigmatic one-target outing in Week 3. Ridley and the Falcons' receiving corps prepare to take on a Cardinals defense that has allowed multiple passing touchdowns in every game but one thus far this season.
Ridley caught three of six targets for 32 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans.
The 24-year-old Ridley jumped out to an electrifying start to his sophomore campaign with 12 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns through Atlanta's first two games of the season, However, he's been targeted just seven times since, with three catches for 17 yards against Indianapolis and Tennessee the past two games outside of the 21-yard reception he recorded Sunday. Week 5 doesn't present the most encouraging matchup for Ridley to get back on track, as the Texans have allowed just one wideout -- Keenan Allen -- to exceed 75 receiving yards against them over the past three weeks.
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