The Atlanta Falcons are three games into Desmond Ridder’s tenure as the starting quarterback. Ridder in those three games has 484-passing yards and 0-touchdowns through his first three career games. Ridder hasn’t done anything wrong and has been an upgrade over Marcus Mariota as a passer, however, an honest evaluation finds Ridder has been very underwhelming through the first three games of his career.
It is far too early to make a definite call on the quarterback and decide what he is capable of. While Atlanta should remain patient with developing the rookie quarterback he hasn’t shown enough to deserve the starting role heading into next season.
Ridder was outplayed by the Arizona Cardinals’ fourth-string quarterback who has failed to hold onto a backup job in this league thus far. David Blough passed for 222-yards and a touchdown in what was a more impressive performance considering the degree of difficulty for both quarterbacks.
While Ridder could continue to develop the Atlanta Falcons should spend the off-season finding other options at the quarterback position. Whether it is bringing in another rookie to compete with Ridder or acquiring a star quarterback the Falcons are in a perfect position to make a splash at the position.
They have young talented weapons in Drake London, Kyle Pitts, and Tyler Allgeier all locked up next season, and the cap space to add plenty of veteran talent around a star quarterback. Ridder could prove to be the long-term answer but has failed to put anything on tape to give Atlanta the confidence to believe he is the guy heading into next season.
While Ridder has been an upgrade over Mariota it is simply a slight upgrade of a rookie playing at an average or below-average level. Ridder hasn’t shown enough for the Falcons to put any trust in the quarterback next season.