Desmond Ridder left Atlanta Falcons fans plenty of reason to be excited after an electric debut that included throwing the game-winning touchdown against the Lions. Ridder’s performance was far from the only bright side for Atlanta with a number of notable contributors standing out for a team that looks to have improved.
Let’s be perfectly clear, improvement for Atlanta this season isn’t making the playoffs it is player development and a clear answer that Arthur Smith is pushing this team in the right direction. With the loss of Matt Ryan and a much tougher schedule this season if the team is able to reach the six or seven-win mark it should be considered a huge step in the right direction.
For that to happen the team is going to have to lean on Marcus Mariota’s legs early on to allow the team to make plays. However, if Mariota cannot stay healthy or struggles at all it wouldn’t be surprising to see the team quickly turn to Ridder.
Desmond put together great tape in the Falcons’ preseason win over the Lions. One that left plenty of reasons to believe he is more than capable of stepping into a starting role at some point this season. Let’s take a look at three lasting impressions Ridder left in Atlanta’s preseason win.