It may be a few weeks too late but as they say, better late than never. The Atlanta Falcons will be starting rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder following their bye week when they travel to take on their division rival.
Of course, this comes at the peril of Marcus Mariota who was given every shot to prove himself but things just never worked out.
Atlanta Falcons will finally start their rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder
The Atlanta Falcons will be starting a rookie quarterback for the first time since Matt Ryan over a decade ago. Desmond Ridder has been named the starting quarterback and takes the spot that Marcus Mariota held for 13 games.
Ridder was the second quarterback selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He was taken in the third round and ended the long streak of quarterbacks not being drafted. Kenny Pickett was taken in the first round and Ridder was taken 53 picks later. He was drafted out of Cincinnati who he led to the College Football Playoffs early this year.
He has been the second quarterback listed on the depth chart and fans have been wanting his promotion for quite some time. It may be a few, or many, weeks late but at least we will get to see him on the field.
His first game will come after the bye week when the Falcons travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints for the second time this season. The first matchup came in week one when the Falcons held a late lead but ended up blowing it in the fourth quarter.
If Ridder can lead the Falcons to a win over the Saints, he will become an instant legend for the Falcons. There is no better way to introduce yourself to the fanbase than taking down the horrid Saints franchise.
Hopefully, this is the start of a legendary career and this will be the last quarterback switch the Atlanta Falcons have to make for the next 15 years!