WR Calvin Ridley - Atlanta Falcons

6-1, 190Born: 12-20-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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Week 7: vs Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Atlanta Falcons' offense is the NFL's highest-volume passing-attack, in large part thanks to the team's struggling defense. Consistently playing from behind during a 1-5 start, the Falcons have found themselves playing catch-up in almost every game this season. Quarterback Matt Ryan leads the NFL in pass attempts and touchdowns while ranking second in passing yards. Julio Jones' absurd talent as a pass-catcher keeps him firmly atop the Falcons' wide receiver depth chart and leaderboards with 34 receptions on 53 targets for 467 yards and 4 touchdowns so far this season. Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley have proven to be interchangeable as Atlanta's number-two wide receiver this season. Ridley and Sanu have near-identical target, reception, and yardage totals through six games, but Ridley holds a significant edge in the touchdown column. Touchdown totals give little insight regarding future production, and the difference here does not signal much of a gap between the two wide receivers. At tight end, Austin Hooper has enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign. Hooper leads the Falcons in receptions and receiving yards while finishing second in targets and touchdowns. Last week, Hooper made the most of a juicy matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, but the Rams allow nearly 10 fewer fantasy points per game to tight ends than the Cardinals. The Falcons offensive line has been a below-average unit to start the season. Rookie Kaleb McGarry has struggled at right tackle, while the revolving door at the guard positions has yet to produce a reliable pass-blocker. In spite of the struggles up front, Matt Ryan has posted impressive passing numbers, both with regards to volume and efficiency, so far in 2019. Atlanta's matchup with the Rams' new-look secondary will prove to be one of the league's most entertaining matchups in week seven. The Los Angeles Rams field a very respectable pass-defense in 2019, and entering week seven, there will be some drastic changes to their secondary. On Tuesday afternoon, the Rams traded away cornerback Marcus Peters to the Baltimore Ravens and acquired cornerback Jalen Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in two separate transactions. Trading away Peters was a prerequisite for acquiring Ramsey for salary cap purposes. If Ramsey's apparent back injury, which kept him out of action last week, clears up, he will pair with Eric Weddle to make up one of the NFL's best cornerback-safety duos. Ramsey is widely regarded as one of the NFL's best cornerbacks, and Eric Weddle continues to impress in coverage in his 13th NFL season. Next, Cory Littleton is undoubtedly the Los Angeles Rams' best linebacker. Littleton excels in coverage duties, with a team-leading six pass-breakups so far this season. In the trenches, Aaron Donald is likely the NFL's most-talented pass-rusher. Donald disrupts the pocket at a higher rate than any defender in the NFL, and his value to this defense cannot be overstated. The Rams will be without their sack leader in Clay Matthews this week who suffered a jaw injury, but stil will have plenty to rush the quarterback in Aaron Donald and Donte Fowler. In summary, the Rams field one of the NFL's best pass-rushes with above-average players in coverage at both linebacker and in the secondary. If Jalen Ramsey is able to play, this matchup with Atlanta's high-volume passing attack will be one of the most intriguing in week seven.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at IND 46 0 0 0 1 1.0 6 0 0 0.6
4 vs TEN 60 0 0 0 6 3.0 32 0 0 3.2
5 at HOU 61 0 0 0 9 5.0 88 1 0 14.8
6 at ARI 41 0 0 0 6 4.0 48 1 0 10.8
7 vs LAR PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3.9 * * * *
7 vs LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3.6 * * * *
7 vs LAR PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Calvin Ridley's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 48 / 1 rec)

He scored on a variation of orbit motion towards the quarterback at the snap, to mimic an end-around and then reversed field to the flat he came from and scored after making a defender miss. Ridley committed a pass interference penalty to end the second drive of the first quarter, but it was a designed clear-out play for Julio Jones that Ryan was late to throw the ball and it contributed to Ridley's block being illegal. He earned a short rout in the left flat for five yards on a pass that forced him back to the ball and back insdie the first down marker early in the fourth quarter. Two plays later he earned 23 yards on an out route across midfield.

2019 Week 5 vs HOU (9 / 5 / 88 / 1 rec)

The receiver slipped on a short sideline route on 2nd and 8 during the Falcons' second series and the ball bounced off his hands. He ran a strong out route with a nice sale of the post against off coverage for a 22-yard gain to get Atlanta inside the Texans' 25. Ryan found Ridley for 16 yards in the right flat during the fifth series to reach midfield. Ryan led Ridley too far on an inside-breaking route and into a throng of defenders who should have intercepted the target late in the half. After a first-down clipping penalty on Alex Mack, Ridley was overthrown at the sideline on a deep out. Ridley earned an out route late in the third quarter down by 16 points. Ryan worked free on a roll to the right and found Ridley for a 28-yard score at the right boundary of the end zone and Ridley worked free of Jonathan Joseph, who thought he pushed the receiver out of bounds.

2019 Week 4 vs TEN (6 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Adoree Jackson tightly covered Ridley on a third-down target at the boundary and forced the incompletion and a subsequent punt. Ryan overshot Calvin Ridley on a deep post early in the second quarter. Ridley dropped a 2nd and 20 pass in the third quarter on a route breaking inside and back to the quarterback. He toasted Malcolm Butler for a dee pout in the middle of the third quarter. He caught an off-target receiver screen in the middle of the fourth quarter. He earned an eight-yard hook route deep in their territory with less than two minutes left.

2019 Week 3 vs IND (1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Ridley didn't earn a target in the first half and then made a mental error with a third-and-short block where he was too close to the line of scrimmage to begin his block and cost a third-down conversion for Austin Hooper. Ridley made his first catch later in the series on a slant for a first down.

2019 Week 2 vs PHI (10 / 8 / 105 / 1 rec)

He earned a first down on 3rd and 5 on an out to the opposite side of the field. Ridley dropped a diving go route off a double move in the end zone on 2nd and 9. Ridley made the first man miss after running a short out and got the first down in the middle of the second quarter. He then caught a route crossing the middle for a first down and took a hard hit to his hip on the play that forced Ridley to leave the game (on his own volition) for a break. He scored a few plays later on a deep post where he sold the dig effectively to the coverage to run past. He worked back to the ball with an excellent extension to the ball over the middle for a first down with a minute left. Late in the game, Ridley nearly pulled down a post route between two defenders in the end zone.

2019 Week 1 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)

His first catch came with 5:25 in the third quarter for a first down in the right flat. Ryan targeted Ridley in the end zone late in the third quarter and drew a defensive pass interference call that was questionable, at best. Ridley dropped a low throw against tight coverage late in the third quarter. Ryan exhibited good touch on a throw to the pylon where Trae Waynes tied up Ridely during the stem, but Ridley worked free and ran to the pylong and under the target for the touchdown with nine minutes left. Ridley's most impressive play was a crossing route where made multiple men miss in the open field with a little more than a minute left to reach the Vikings two.


Latest News

Falcons | Calvin Ridley scores in loss (Sun Oct 13, 10:53 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught four of his six targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in a 34-33 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6.

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Falcons | Calvin Ridley gets back on track (Mon Oct 7, 01:30 AM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Calvin Ridley caught five of his nine targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 versus the Houston Texans.

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