In two seasons, Calvin Ridley has proven that he is a great wide receiver that the Atlanta Falcons can count on when needed.
Calvin Ridley has the size, athleticism, and talent to be a top receiver, and based on recent reports, he is determined to get better and the Atlanta Falcons are the beneficiary.
According to Mark Inabinett of AL.com, Ridley has been one of a number of Atlanta Falcons players working with Matt Ryan through special workouts this summer. This is obviously great news to hear because we all know-how and have seen flashes of how great Ridley can be.
During his rookie season with the Atlanta Falcons, Ridley led all rookie receivers in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He had an equally productive second season that was cut short after an abdominal injury kept him sidelined for the remaining three games of the season. These are great numbers, but they aren’t elite.
There were games where he did not see much action. That is not necessarily his fault, but it is frustrating to see Ridley catch 8 passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns one game, and then the next game he will only catch two passes for 35 yards.
Dirk Koetter has to do a better job of consistently getting Ridley involved in the offense. If Ridley continues to work hard and become a better all-around player, Koetter will have no choice but to feed him more passes. Going back to Ridley practicing, this is great because it means he is serious about improving and helping the team.
The stronger the connection between him and Ryan, the more of an impact Calvin Ridley can make for the Atlanta Falcons.
Ridley has the tools to put up elite numbers and he knows what his true potential is. His three-touchdown performance against the New Orleans Saints during his rookie season is a glimpse of what could come if he continues to put forward the effort this summer and throughout the season.
More will be expected from Ridley and he needs to deliver because the NFC South could arguably be the toughest division in the NFL in 2020.
These summer workouts that he is participating in will also help him get a better grasp of the offense. There is no doubt that Ridley can be a top 10, maybe even Top 5 receivers in 2020.
This upcoming season will be one of the most important in recent memory and the Atlanta Falcons will need Ridley to take that next step if they want to climb back to the top of the NFC.