2018 Falcons Player Preview: Calvin Ridley

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The rookie should make the offense more deadly.

When it was time for the Falcons to select their first-round pick, you can say the majority thought it was going to be a defensive player. When they selected Calvin Ridley, it was a shock to many but excitement filled the fanbase.

Ridley was projected to be the best wide receiver in the draft, even though D.J. Moore went ahead of him. You can say the Falcons got a steal with that alone.

What made Ridley stand out in the draft was his speed and route-running, something the Falcons already had in their receivers- but it never hurts to have more. With Taylor Gabriel leaving in free agency, t only made sense to find somebody to fill his role. The Falcons could’ve looked in free agency for another receiver or looked within their roster to fill the spot.

Ridley already has familiarity with much of the playbook, since Steve Sarkisian used to be the offensive coordinator for Alabama. That should help him tremendously in his progression with the offense. Ridley may not know, but he will play a big part in the offense.

With attention to players like Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, that opens up many opportunities for others in the offense. With Ridley’s speed, he can take advantage of many #3 corners in the league, which is big for the Falcons. If they want to get the most out of their offense, it’s crucial that they use Ridley to his highest potential.

Malik Brown | @_MalikATL

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Phil Veasley
Phil Veasley is a resident of Atlanta who has been a die-hard Hawks fan since 2005. He is Civil Engineer student at KSU. Currently, Phil writes for Atlanta Hawks Talk while also managing all ATLSportsHQ sites. He can be reached on Twitter at @_ATLPhil

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