Calvin Ridley: Our receivers can do it all

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Julio Jones is in training camp with the Titans, which means there’s a different look for the Falcons receiving corps this season.

Calvin Ridley is now the No. 1 wideout and other players like Russell Gage, Christian Blake, and Olamide Zaccheaus have also been bumped up the depth chart after June’s trade. There’s also first-round pick Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst at tight end to flesh out the receiving options in Atlanta.

On Tuesday, Ridley said he’s “more than ready” to fill Jones’ role after trying it on while Jones was injured last season. Ridley also feels the group as a whole can handle anything the Falcons might ask of them.

“We have a ton of speed in there, a ton of guys who can make plays, and I’m excited for the football world to see the guys we have, too,” Ridley said, via McClain Baxley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re real wide receivers. We have skills. We can pretty much do anything big and small receivers can do. We can beat press, we can play zone football, we can go up and get the ball and we can catch and run. We can do it all.”

Ridley showed he was capable of filling the top spot in the receiving corps last season. If he’s right about the capabilities of the entire group, the Falcons should be able to thrive through the air this fall.

3 responses to “Calvin Ridley: Our receivers can do it all

  1. I am not sure there is that much of a difference between Ridley and Jones at this point. The problem is there is a huge difference between Ridley and those other guys. The falcons better hope Pitts is as good as people think. I think Pitts is going to have some issues the first year adjusting to players who can actually match his speed and strength.

  2. “Julio could. Now we will see if you can.”

    Ridley’s stats last year were 90 catches on 143 targets, 1374 yards, 15.3 ypc and 9 TD so seems pretty clear “he can”

    If he can increase his catch to target ratio that would be the only place he needs improvement

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