The Atlanta Falcons surprisingly have a legit lineage of dependable receivers that have come through and produced, that will continue with Calvin Ridley.
Andre Rison, Terrance Mathis, Brian Finneran (Geez I Miss that guy..), Roddy White and now Julio Jones have come through Hot-Lanta and put up numbers regardless of who was behind center (That lineage….not as good).
It now seems as if another receiver is on the cusp of joining this list…..Calvin Ridley.
The former Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver came out blazing his rookie year for the Dirty Birds. He led the team in receiving touchdowns (and drops) and had a few monster games this season.
He doesn’t have the best measurable for a wide out, but his skill set is amazing. He’s got the speed to separate from corners, he can run the whole route tree with no effort and his footwork is something to behold of.
I fully expect for Ridley to stick around for a while and continue to ball within this offense especially since Dirk Koetter is back in charge of the offense.
As for aforementioned drops issue, yes that is of course a big concern and something that even Calvin will admit he was unhappy about and is working on. However, I would expect to see those numbers drop in 2019 as he now a full season under his belt and a better understanding of what it takes to play at a high level in the National Football League.
The only time we ever remember Julio has a drop passes issue is when he asks for more money and Julio’s drop ball issue has been a problem his entire career; he has been among the league leaders in drops since he was drafted in 2011.
Is Ridley here to replace Julio once and for all? Of course not, at least not right at this moment but Ridley has the tools necessary to become of the best receivers in the league and put his name among the greats in Falcons history.