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Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley

Wide Receiver #18
ADP:Round: 2, Pick: 11
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 189 lb.
College:Alabama
Age:26
Born:December 20, 1994
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (26)
Draft Team:ATL

Calvin Ridley: Catches eight passes in finale

Ridley reeled in eight of his 12 targets for 52 yards, losing one fumble during Sunday's 44-27 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Ridley and Russell Gage (11 targets) were the clear focal points in the passing game during Atlanta's season finale, collectively engulfing over 56 percent of the team's targets. Ridley came back to earth in the yardage department after posting an absurd 525 receiving yards over his preceding four outings entering Sunday. However, the 26-year-old's eight receptions provided him with a respectable floor in PPR formats. He blew past previous career highs this season by totaling 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and 10 total touchdowns (nine receiving, one rushing), though Ridley was not given a Pro Bowl nod during his third pro campaign. The team should have an easy time making a decision on Ridley's fifth-year option this offseason; however, an extension could potentially be in the cards, depending on the direction taken by the franchise's new general manager. Ridley is set to make roughly $2 million in 2021 on the heels of his most prolific pro campaign.

January 3, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Eclipses 100 yards yet again

Ridley reeled in five of nine targets for 130 yards, losing seven yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 17-14 loss to Kansas City.

Analysis: Ridley attracted four more targets than any other Falcon during Week 16, posting his fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving output in the process. The third-year wideout continued to produce gaudy numbers Sunday with Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive for a third straight contest, as he has averaged 139 receiving yards per game with two touchdowns since Week 14. Ridley has attracted nine or more targets in six consecutive appearances as he draws a second matchup against Tampa Bay in three weeks to close out 2020. The 26-year-old racked up 10 catches for 163 yards and a TD when the division rivals faced off Week 15.

December 27, 2020 2:05 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Posts humongous Week 15 outing

Ridley reeled in 10 of 14 targets for 163 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: On his 26th birthday, Ridley decided he would be the one handing out gifts. For those with stock in the Alabama product, he delivered a third consecutive 100-yard receiving outing and his seventh total on the season. As Julio Jones (hamstring) found himself inactive for a second straight game, Ridley expectantly dominated the target share, collecting four more looks than the next-busiest pass catcher. Atlanta's Week 16 opponent, Kansas City, will aim to slow the electrifying wideout. The Chiefs have excelled in containing opposing WRs so far this season, allowing the third-fewest catches to the position.

December 20, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Ready for Sunday

Ridley (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Ridley has dealt with the same foot injury for much of the season, remaining productive all the same. He should be fine to handle his usual large helping of snaps and targets, while fellow wideout Julio Jones (hamstring) won't be able to play.

December 18, 2020 11:02 AM EST

Calvin Ridley: Another limited practice

Ridley (foot) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ridley maintained his activity level from Wednesday, as did Julio Jones (hamstring), who was unable to practice yet again. If Jones needs to sit out again Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ridley would be in line to lead the Falcons' receiving corps, assuming he's able to play through his foot issue. Since the team's Week 10 bye, Ridley has notched 24 catches (on 40 targets) for 372 yards and two touchdowns over the last four games.

December 17, 2020 1:03 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Limited by foot injury

Ridley (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Ridley was examined briefly by Falcons trainers during the Falcons' Week 14 loss to the Chargers, but he still handled 84 percent of the snaps on offense on his way to his second consecutive 100-yard effort. It appears a foot issue was the root cause, so his status will be one to monitor as the week goes on. Meanwhile, Julio Jones (hamstring) remained sidelined from practice Wednesday, and if he requires another absence Sunday against the Buccaneers, Ridley would be in line for another significant target count, assuming he's available.

December 16, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Cruises past century mark, scores

Ridley corralled eight of 12 targets for 124 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Ridley was evaluated by trainers in the second half for a potential injury, but he quickly returned to continue his prolific afternoon. The third-year man had already made quite an impression through the first two quarters, reeling in a 39-yard touchdown strike from fellow wideout Russell Gage to kick off the scoring for Atlanta, while racking up a total of 95 yards by halftime. If Julio Jones (hamstring) is forced to sit a second consecutive game Week 15, Ridley would remain the unquestioned No. 1 target for a matchup against the Buccaneers.

December 13, 2020 4:53 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Breaks century mark against Saints

Ridley collected five of 10 targets for 108 yards during Sunday's 21-16 loss to New Orleans.

Analysis: Ridley and Julio Jones each commanded 10 targets on the afternoon, but by recording four different receptions of 18-plus yards, the third-year man was able to edge out Jones for the team high in receiving yards. The 25-year-old has been a consistent high-floor option this season, with 90-plus yards or a touchdown in nine of his 11 appearances. Week 14 presents a less than ideal matchup for Ridley and the Atlanta WR corps, however, with the opposing Chargers entering play Sunday allowing an NFL-low 123 receptions to wideouts.

December 6, 2020 3:06 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Good to go Sunday

Ridley (foot/ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Saints, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ridley's two injuries limited his activity in practices Wednesday through Friday, but the fact that the Falcons aren't even labeling him as questionable for the Week 13 contest implies that neither the foot nor the ankle issue is a significant concern. Fellow wideout Julio Jones (hamstring) was also unable to practice in full at any point this week, and though he's listed as questionable, he too expects to play. During the Falcons' Week 11 matchup with New Orleans, Ridley and Jones combined for a modest seven receptions for 119 yards, but the wideout tandem could be in store for bigger games in the rematch with the Saints down starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins (knee).

December 4, 2020 1:48 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Limited again Thursday

Ridley (foot/ankle) was limited at Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ridley maintained his activity for a second consecutive day, while Julio Jones (hamstring) followed up Wednesday's limited session with no practice Thursday. With Jones sidelined this past Sunday versus the Raiders, Ridley hauled in six of nine targets for 50 yards and a touchdown. Heavy volume could be in store for Ridley again Week 13 against the Saints if Jones sits out another game.

December 3, 2020 1:24 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Limited in practice Wednesday

Ridley (foot/ankle) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ridley has regularly been limited at practice since sitting out Week 9 due to a mid-foot sprain, and D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that interim coach Raheem Morris said that the third-year wideout will handle his usual amount of reps this week. He was briefly forced out of last Sunday's win over the Raiders due to his foot/ankle issues, but managed to return just two plays later.

December 2, 2020 1:08 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Notches TD, leads team in receiving

Ridley secured six of nine targets for 50 receiving yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 43-6 win against the Raiders.

Analysis: The third-year receiver was limited throughout the practice week because of a foot issue, but he contributed Atlanta's first TD Sunday in what turned out to be a laugher. Ridley was the unquestioned No. 1 pass-catching option, pacing Atlanta in targets, receptions and receiving yards while Julio Jones sat out with a hamstring injury. Entering Week 12, Ridley had gone for 110-plus receiving yards in both games Jones was inactive this season (Weeks 3 and 5). We will have to wait and see on Jones' status for a Week 13 home game against New Orleans. Ridley has fared well both with and without Jones in the lineup this year. He needs just 70 receiving yards to establish a new season-best of 867.

November 29, 2020 2:23 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Poised for additional volume

Ridley will take on a bigger role in the Falcons offense Sunday versus the Raiders with Julio Jones (hamstring) sidelined, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Ridley has been targeted 10 or more times in four games this season, and two of those occurred with Jones out of the lineup. In those contests -- Week 3 versus the Bears and Week 5 against the Panthers -- Ridley combined for 13 catches, 246 yards and no touchdowns on 23 targets. Facing the Raiders' 28th-ranked pass defense (273.6 yards per game) should be a boon for Ridley's Week 12 prospects.

November 29, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Calvin Ridley: Fine to face Raiders

Ridley (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Las Vegas, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Julio Jones (hamstring) is listed as questionable after missing Friday's practice. Ridley could see a couple extra targets if his teammate doesn't play, though his numbers have actually been a bit better in the games Jones has played this year.

November 27, 2020 1:18 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Another limited practice

Ridley (foot) was listed as limited on Thursday's estimated injury report, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ridley's practice reps continue to be capped as he attempts to get over a mid-foot sprain, which sidelined him Week 9. He proceeded to suit up this past Sunday in New Orleans, hauling in five of nine passes for 90 yards in the process. Friday's injury report may clear up his availability for a Week 12 matchup with the Raiders.

November 26, 2020 10:04 AM EST

Calvin Ridley: Limited at practice Wednesday

Ridley (foot) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Ridley sat out Week 9 due to a mid-foot sprain, but after Atlanta's ensuing bye, he reeled off five catches (on nine targets) for 90 yards in this past Sunday's loss at New Orleans. While the cap on his reps Wednesday may have been maintenance-related, he still has two more sessions to elevate to full activity before week's end.

November 25, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Tops team in receiving

Ridley caught five of his nine targets for 90 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: With Julio Jones hobbled for much of the contest because of a hamstring issue, Ridley contributed his highest receiving output since Week 5. The third-year receiver was inactive for Atlanta's win over the Broncos on Nov. 8, and he remained limited throughout the practice week entering Sunday. A 46-yard reception against the Saints mitigated concerns regarding his explosiveness coming off the injury. Ridley has posted five different outings of 90-plus yards as the 3-7 Falcons prepare to host Las Vegas.

November 22, 2020 4:01 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Cleared for Sunday's game

Ridley (foot) has been cleared from the injury report and will play in Sunday's game against the Saints, Jason Butt of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Despite having his practice reps limited this week, Ridley avoided a designation on the final injury report. He should be ready for his usual role coming out of a bye week, hoping to pick up where he left off before he sprained his foot. Ridley is averaging 5.4 catches for 82.1 yards on 8.4 targets per game, with six touchdowns in eight appearances. It'll be a rarity for the Falcons to enter Sunday without any of Ridley, Julio Jones or Russell Gage listed as questionable/doubtful/out.

November 20, 2020 11:01 AM EST

Calvin Ridley: Activity limited again

Ridley (foot) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The Falcons capped Ridley's reps for the second practice in a row, but McFadden notes that any participation should be viewed as a good sign for the wideout's chances of playing through a sprained left foot Sunday in New Orleans. Ridley sat out the Falcons' Week 9 win over the Broncos with the injury before benefiting from a well-timed Week 10 bye.

November 19, 2020 12:42 PM EST

Calvin Ridley: Set for limited practice

Ridley (foot) will be limited at practice Wednesday, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Interim head coach Raheem Morris noted that the hope is to get Ridley -- who last suited up in Week 8 -- individual and team work Wednesday, but the wideout still isn't ready to practice fully, even after the Falcons' bye week. He'll look to progress to that level in advance of Sunday's game against the Saints.

November 18, 2020 8:28 AM EST

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