Falcons Preseason: Game 1 Preview

Calvin Ridley (AL.com)


Falcons Travel To New York To Face The Jets In First Preseason Game

That’s right football fans, Falcons football is officially back tonight at 7:30!! The New York Jets will host the Atlanta Falcons as both teams look to prove their worth.

The two players that all eyes will be on tonight will be Jets 3rd overall pick, Sam Darnold, and Falcons 26th overall pick, Calvin Ridley. Both these guys are NFL ready, star caliber players and they will look to show it tonight.

For the Jets, Darnold is looking to beat out Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater for the starting QB spot. He will want to show why he was picked #1 out of USC and what he can do. But on the other side of the ball, he will have Vic Beasley and Takk McKinnley coming at him, two players who have even more gas in their tank.

Some thought Calvin Ridley was drafted as Julio Jone’s replacement….but they would be wrong. Ridley was selected to add more fuel to the fire for this already explosive Atlanta offense. Ridley has had an excellent training camp, receiving praises from Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and even Chad Ochocinco. Along with Ridley and Julio, the Falcons shouldn’t have a problem scoring with Sanu, Freeman, Coleman, and Hooper.

Many eyes will be on the Falcon’s offensive plays too. After a historic 2016 offensive season, the team saw a huge dip in numbers when first-year offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian, took over. The fans will want to see all of his new creative plays for the 2018 season and see if he has learned from his personal first year mistakes.

Players To Watch For Atlanta:

  • Calvin Ridley WR
  • Vic Beasley DE
  • Takk McKinnley DE
  • Ito Smith RB
  • Isaiah Oliver CB
  • Deadrin Senat DT
  • Brian Fusco RG

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