The Atlanta Falcons may not have the best team, at least for now, but there is no doubt they have a few stars that take the field for them.
Atlanta Falcons star receiver Calvin Ridley is a part of the scam that is the Madden series.
Recently Grady Jarrett, who is no doubt a top ten defensive tackle in the NFL, was not even a part of the top ten rankings at the position. Before that Calvin Ridley was straight up snubbed from the top ten wide receiver rankings.
Madden does not know what they are doing if they do not think Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley is at least a top ten player at the position.
Seeing the Falcons wide receiver left off the top ten ratings for the upcoming Madden may be a little bit less shocking than seeing Grady Jarrett left off, it is still aggravating.
Obviously there is more to the game of football than statistics, but there are only two players on this list that had more receiving yards than Calvin Ridley did, Stefon Diggs and Deandre Hopkins.
Also worth noting that Davante Adams somehow tied Ridley in yards on the season, despite having 25 more catches. Only three players had more receiving touchdowns – Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and Mike Evans.
Of this whole list, there are really three guys that most will have a huge problem with being rated higher than Calvin Ridley.
First is division rival, Michael Thomas. The guy who was injured for awhile during the season, but even when he did play he was highly ineffective. Nothing says that more than the fact that he did not have a receiving touchdown until the playoffs, and he did not break 500 receiving yards in the season.
The second is Keenan Allen.
Allen is an awesome receiver, but Calvin Ridley is a more dynamic Keenan Allen. He is an excellent big body and route runner but Ridley is a much better home run threat than Allen could ever be. He did not crack 1,000 yards but had 100 catches and eight touchdowns.
Last, and perhaps the most shocking, is Amari Cooper. Cooper had more than 250 fewer yards, two more catches, and four fewer touchdowns. Calvin Ridley is just better than Amari Cooper – he is more explosive and consistent.
To say all ten of these players are better than Ridley is just outrageous. Madden continues to show blatant mistakes that you cannot ignore. It is what it is though, and seemingly Matt Ryan and Deion Jones may be the only players on the Atlanta Falcons that are ranked top ten at their position.