|ADP:||Round: 4, Pick: 4|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 189 lb.|
|Born:||December 20, 1994|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 1 (26)|
Ridley (abdomen) has been working out with Matt Ryan, who believes the young wideout "could explode" in his third pro season, AL.com's Mark Inabinett reports. "He's a guy I think could explode going into a year like this," Ryan said. "He's in phenomenal shape, he's been running great and I think his grasp of the offense and his mastery of our system is so much further along than it was last year."
Analysis: Ridley missed the final three games of last season with an abdominal injury, but the estimated recovery timeline of only 3-to-4 weeks allowed for a healthy offseason. He piled up 395 yards and three TDs in his final four appearances last year, potentially setting the stage for a 2020 breakout. Ryan seems to be on board with the idea, noting that Ridley should benefit from his recent on-field workouts with the veteran quarterback and other teammates. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter also expects Ridley to improve in Year 3, mentioning route-running as a potential area for continued growth.
The Falcons placed Ridley (abdomen) on injured reserve Tuesday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Ridley was knocked out of the Falcons' Week 14 win against the Panthers due to a lower abdominal injury, which is accompanied by a 3-to-4-week recovery timetable. With just three games left on the schedule, the team's hand has been forced, ending his second campaign. Despite playing three fewer games than his rookie season, Ridley posted a career-best 866 yards to go with seven touchdowns on 63 catches and 93 targets.
Coach Dan Quinn confirmed Monday that Ridley would be shut down for the season with a lower abdominal injury, but the receiver is only expected to need around 3-to-4 weeks of recovery time, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Ridley likely would have attempted to return in 2019 if the Falcons were still in the mix for a playoff spot, but with a 4-9 record heading into Week 15, Atlanta won't take any chances with him. Quinn suggested that Christian Blake and Olamide Zaccheaus would be the primary beneficiaries of added snaps while Ridley is out, according to Butt. Based on Ridley's recovery timeline, he should enjoy a normal offseason and be back to full strength when the Falcons reconvene for OTAs.
Ridley (abdomen) indicated Monday that he's out for the season, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Ridley out of the mix, Julio Jones and Russell Gage will head the Falcons' receiving corps down the stretch, with Olamide Zaccheaus, Christian Blake and Justin Hardy all candidates to see added looks in the team's passing attack.
Ridley (abdomen) won't return to Sunday's contest against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Initially questionable to reenter the game due to discomfort in his abdomen, Ridley will finish the day with five receptions (on five targets) for 76 yards and one touchdown. Behind Julio Jones and Russell Gage, it's anyone's guess who will step up between Christian Blake, Justin Hardy and Olamide Zaccheaus.
Ridley experienced abdominal pain during Sunday's game against the Panthers, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Prior to his departure in the third quarter, Ridley had a team-leading five catches for 76 yards and one touchdown. If he's unable to return, his absence will open up reps for the likes of Russell Gage, Christian Blake, Justin Hardy and Olamide Zaccheaus behind top wide receiver Julio Jones.
Ridley (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Carolina, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Ridley was a limited practice participant Wednesday through Friday, with no suggestion he was ever in danger of missing the Week 14 game. He will face added competition for targets with both Julio Jones (shoulder) and Austin Hooper (knee) back in the lineup.
Ridley (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Like fellow starting wideout Julio Jones (shoulder), Ridley's practice reps were capped for the second day in a row, making the Falcons' final session of the week Friday important with regard to both players' statuses for Sunday's game versus Carolina. Considering Jones was inactive in the Falcons' 26-18 loss to New Orleans while Ridley hauled in eight balls for 91 yards in the contest, the latter receiver is probably at less risk of sitting out Week 14.
Ridley was limited by a toe injury at Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Ridley is matching Julio Jones' (shoulder) activity level, but at least both wide receivers are participating in some capacity, which helps their case to suit up on game day. Working as the top WR in Jones' absence last Thursday against the Saints, Ridley hauled in eight of 10 targets for 91 yards and no touchdowns.
Ridley corralled eight of 10 targets for 91 receiving yards during Thursday's 26-18 loss to New Orleans.
Analysis: The second-year wideout has been electrifying over Atlanta's past three games, compiling 22 receptions for 319 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, Buccaneers and Saints. Mohamed Sanu's trade to New England and Austin Hooper's injury (knee-MCL) have catalyzed an uptick in offensive opportunity for Ridley, but in Julio Jones' absence (shoulder) Thanksgiving night, the 24-year-old emerged as Atlanta's No. 1 option in the passing game. The former Crimson Tide standout did not disappoint, leading both sides in targets, receptions and receiving yards. Ridley remains a strong play in Week 14, taking on a Panthers defense against which he amassed eight catches, 141 yards and a touchdown Nov. 17.
Ridley caught six of 14 targets for 85 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 35-22 loss to Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The second-year wideout has provided rampant fantasy production over his past two games after falling into a brief slump between Weeks 7 and 10, amassing 14 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns in outings against the Panthers and Buccaneers over the past two Sundays. While Ridley is riding a hot streak at the moment, he's been known to fade into the background certain weeks depending on the opponent and circumstance. Prior to his recent two-game breakout, Ridley had averaged fewer than four receptions and 45 receiving yards per game, with zero touchdowns in outings against the Rams, Seahawks and Saints. In Week 13, Ridley will be going up against New Orleans for the season time this season, just three weeks removed from a three-catch, 28-yard dud against the Saints on Nov. 10.
Ridley caught all eight of his targets for 143 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 29-3 win against the Panthers.
Analysis: Ridley tied Julio Jones for a team-high eight targets, providing the second-year receiver with his highest number of offensive opportunities since Week 5. Given that Ridley has averaged nearly 6.5 targets per game on the season, it's fair to say that workload has been less of a concern than yardage and scoring production. Since amassing 169 receiving yards and two touchdowns between Week 1 and 2, Ridley had eclipsed 75 receiving yards just once over his seven most-recent outings coming into Sunday. Despite his boom-bust nature, Ridley's upside remains immense given Atlanta's upcoming matchup against a Tampa Bay defense that has surrendered a combined 14 passing touchdowns over its past four games.
Ridley caught four of six targets for 48 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 34-33 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: The second-year wideout is on one his characteristic touchdown outbursts, with four touchdown catches over Atlanta's first six games of the 2019 campaign. Ridley accounted for an even more impressive six touchdown-run between Weeks 2 and 4 of last season en route to a 10-touchdown output by season's end. The upcoming matchup against Los Angeles is a promising one for Ridley to build upon his scoring total, as the Rams has surrendered two 100-yard receiving outings, as well as touchdown passes to seven different players over the past three weeks.
Ridley hauled in five of a team-high nine targets, collecting 88 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 53-32 loss to the Texans.
Analysis: It's been the tale of two Ridley's through five weeks of the talented wideout's sophomore campaign, as he has 60-plus receiving yards and a touchdown in three different games this season (Weeks 1, 2 and 5), but just a combined four catches for 38 yards in his other two. He's played at least 60 percent of Atlanta's offensive snaps in every game thus far in 2019, with nearly eight targets per game if excluding his enigmatic one-target outing in Week 3. Ridley and the Falcons' receiving corps now prepare to take on a Cardinals defense that has allowed multiple passing touchdowns in every game but one thus far this season.
Ridley caught three of six targets for 32 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Titans.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Ridley jumped out to an electrifying start to his sophomore campaign with 12 catches for 169 yards and two touchdowns through Atlanta's first two games of the season, but he's been targeted just seven times since, with three catches for 17 yards against Indianapolis and Tennessee the past two games outside of the 21-yard catch he recorded Sunday. Week 5 doesn't present the most encouraging matchup for Ridley to get back on track, as the Texans have allowed just one wideout -- Keenan Allen -- to exceed 75 receiving yards against them over the past three weeks.
Ridley (hip) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Ridley was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday before closing out the week with a full session. He should be fine to handle his usual role, coming off receiving lines of 8-105-1 and 1-6-0 the past two weeks.
Ridley (hip) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Though RIdley's reps were capped for the second day in a row, McClure relays that the wideout is expected to be fine for Sunday's game against the Titans while he manages a right hip injury that dates back to the Falcons' Week 2 win over the Eagles. Ridley proceeded to play 46 of Atlanta's 61 offensive snaps (75 percent) in the 27-24 loss to Indianapolis last weekend but drew just one target during the contest.
RIdley was limited in practice Wednesday by a hip injury, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: After reaching the end zone in both Weeks 1 and 2, Ridley was targeted just one time this past Sunday at Indianapolis while playing 75 percent of the offensive snaps. Such a workload is in line with his share from the first 19 appearances of his career, but a hip issue could impact him this weekend. As a result, Ridley's activity level Thursday and Friday should be watch as the week goes on.
Ridley recorded one reception for a gain of six yards during Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Ridley's lack of production comes as a surprising dud after the second-year wideout compiled 12 receptions for 169 yards and two touchdowns between Weeks 1 and 2. He was truly the only main component of the Falcons' passing attack that Indianapolis was capable of holding down, as Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper all had six-plus receptions and more than 65 receiving yards. Week 4 presents a matchup against a Titans defense that is yet to allow an opposing wideout to exceed 80 receiving yards in a game this season.
Ridley caught eight of 10 targets for 105 yards and a score in Sunday's 24-20 win over Philadelphia.
Analysis: Ridley and Julio Jones both saw double-digit targets and both put up huge games on a night where the Falcons' run game was non-existent. The 24-year-old already has two touchdowns through two games after posting 10 in an impressive rookie campaign. With 16 targets through Week 2 (5.8 targets per game last year), it appears that Ridley has carved out a bigger role in the offense in his sophomore campaign, news that will please his fantasy owners heading into a matchup against the Colts on Sunday.
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