Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Date of Birth:  12/20/1994
Age:  26
Height  6'1"
Weight:   190
College:  Alabama
Drafted:  2018 | Round 1 | Pick 26
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley underwent minor foot surgery, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The procedure was described as a "cleanup," but it's still obviously something to monitor throughout the summer—although Ridley is expected to be ready for training camp. With Julio Jones now in Tennessee, the Falcons will really be relying on Ridley to be their top offensive weapon, and we think he is more than ready for the challenge.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

The Falcons exercised Calvin Ridley's fifth-year option.

Coming off a 90/1,374/9 campaign and emerging as one of the best receivers in the league, this was obviously fully expected. The move keeps Ridley under contract through the 2022 season, but expect the Falcons to try to lock up the 2018 first-round pick to a long-term extension within the next couple of years.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (foot) was officially limited in today’s practice.

Ridley was also limited yesterday coming off the bye week, and there’s optimism about his Week 11 status for a divisional matchup in New Orleans. Ideally, Ridley will avoid the questionable tag when the final injury report is out tomorrow, but we’ll keep you posted on his status.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (foot) is officially inactive for Week 9.

While Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris express optimism regarding Ridley’s status, it was going to be tough for the dynamic receiver to play after not practicing all week (partly because Friday’s practice was canceled). Hopefully this is just a one-game absence for Ridley.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (foot) is officially listed as questionable for Week 9.

Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris says that Ridley is in a great spot heading into the weekend. However, the Falcons were not able to practice today due to COVID-19 protocols, so the dynamic receiver's status is hard to gauge at this point. The good news is the Falcons kickoff at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday, so Ridley's starts will be known that morning.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley is considered day-to-day.

Ridley's foot/ankle issue is seen as minor after an MRI, and he has a shot to not miss any more action after leaving early last night. Ridley has the mini bye to get ready for Week 9 against the Broncos.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of tonight.

Ridley was limping pretty badly, so this isn't a huge surprise. The good news is the Falcons will have ten days to get ready for Week 9 against the Broncos, so hopefully Ridley is ready to go when the team returns to action. Before leaving, Ridley had three receptions for 42 yards.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley leaves game with apparent foot injury.

[UPDATE: The Falcons are officially calling it an ankle injury for Ridley, who is questionable to return.] Ridley had his foot twisted up on a second-quarter reception and immediately grabbed at it. He was on the sideline getting looked at and is now limping to the locker room, so this isn't a great sign. Hopefully Ridley can walk it off and get back in the game, but he's probably first undergoing testing. We'll update you when more information becomes available on his status.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) is officially active for Week 4.

Ridley probably isn't quite at full strength, but it would have been a major surprise if he was inactive tonight versus the Packers. You can safely insert the star receiver, who was the No. 1 fantasy scorer at his position through three weeks, into your lineup.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Monday night.

Ridley has been hobbled a bit in practice throughout the week, but we expect that the emerging third-year receiver will be active for the Week 4 matchup in Green Bay. It’s wise to keep a backup plan in mind from the Monday night game, but you should be able to use Ridley in your fantasy lineup this week.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) was officially limited in today’s practice.

Ridley should be on track to play on Monday night versus the Packers, but we’ll see how he’s listed on the final Week 4 injury report tomorrow.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) officially did not practice today.

This is Atlanta's first official practice of the week with the team playing on Monday night, so you shouldn't get too worried yet. Ridley is expected to be fine for Week 4, but we'll track his status over the next couple of days.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Dirk Koetter expects to see a "jump" in Calvin Ridley's game this season.

The Falcons offensive coordinator spoke yesterday, and he said of the third-year receiver: "Calvin has just exceptional speed and quickness. His quick-twitch body movements are exceptional. I think Calvin will do nothing but get better the more he works with Matt [Ryan], the more he gains Matt's trust. I think there's some little things that Cal can work on that will really help him elevate." Koetter added that the former first-round pick has the pure speed and athletic ability to just beat his man in coverage, but that "as he gets a little more consistent in his route running and understanding what his landmarks are, his depths of routes are, I think you're going to see a jump in his game." Ridley had 866 yards in 13 games last season, and he's had 800+ yards in each of his first two years in the NFL on target totals of 92 and 93. Assuming he stays healthy, the Alabama product should be an absolute lock for 1,000+ yards in 2020.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (abdomen) says he's out for the season.

On Instagram, Ridley himself announced that he's done for the season after the abdomen injury suffered in yesterday's win over the Panthers. This is a shame for the second-year receiver, who has been on fire lately, with lines of 8/143/1, 6/85/1, 8/91, and 5/76/1 in his last four games. Ridley's season ends with 63 receptions for 866 yards and seven touchdowns along with two carries for 34 yards in 13 games. A clear focus of the Falcons offense moving forward, the talented Ridley has a promising future and should have an excellent shot at his first 1,000-yard season next year.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley goes off in Falcons' win.

Ridley caught eight passes for 143 yards and a touchdown in the Week 11 victory over the Panthers, leading the Falcons in receptions, yardage, and touchdowns. The second-year receiver was coming off a relatively disappointing outing against the Saints the week before, but he should have been in fantasy lineups as a strong WR2 option against the Panthers. Tight end Austin Hooper being out of the lineup leaves more opportunity for Ridley, and the Alabama product is simply a good player playing with one of the league's best quarterbacks. Unless your team is seriously stacked, don't leave Ridley out of your lineup next week when the Falcons face the Buccaneers.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley has returned for the Falcons.

Ridley was out for just a brief period of time while getting evaluated for a concussion. He's trying to help the Falcons stage a 16-point comeback late in the fourth quarter against the Seahawks.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley is being evaluated for a concussion.

Ridley made a great sideline catch but took a hit and was down for a bit. The second-year receiver appeared to be OK when he got up, but he's still being looked at for a concussion. We'll update you when more information becomes available on Ridley's status.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley scores against the Buccaneers.

Ridley caught five passes for 32 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 17 win. The score came on a pass in the flat where he was wide-open. The first-round rookie receiver's season ends with 64 receptions for 821 yards and ten touchdowns, so it was obviously a very good first NFL season for both himself and fantasy owners that selected him later in drafts. He did show some inconsistency, though, and this year is something he can certainly build on heading into his season season. Ten touchdowns might be difficult to repeat next season, but the Alabama product should make a strong push for 1,000 yards in his second year. Ridley is simply a very good receiver that fits right into Atlanta's offense and has one of the league's best quarterbacks throwing to him, making him a valuable fantasy asset.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley scores long touchdown against the Panthers.

Ridley caught three passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons' Week 16 win, with the score coming on a 75-yard deep ball in the third quarter. On the touchdown, the rookie receiver was wide-open deep down the field, as the safety appeared to come screaming up the field when he saw All-Pro Julio Jones running a deep crossing route. It was the longest play of Ridley's first NFL season. Ridley is up to nine receiving touchdowns this season, so he has a chance to make it double-digits in the season finale next weekend against the Bucs.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 42 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Ridley was second to Julio Jones in targets (seven), but Matt Ryan missed him on a would-be touchdown in the second half. The rookie has struggled this month with just nine grabs for 74 scoreless yards, so we'll see if he can bounce back next week in a good matchup against the Panthers. Consider Ridley a quality FLEX play.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley catches one pass in Falcons' Week 14 loss.

Ridley gained ten yards on his lone reception against the Packers, as he caught a pass over the middle he took for ten yards. The rookie receiver has been held under 40 yards in four of his last five games, so he's in a bit of a lull late in his rookie season here. Ridley will look to have a strong showing next week against the Cardinals, and it's possible he gets a bigger workload if Patrick Peterson shadows Julio Jones.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley catches three passes against the Ravens.

Ridley gained 22 yards on his three receptions. He appeared to have a touchdown on a crazy reception, but it was called back by a holding penalty. The rookie receiver will look to bounce back with a big showing in a potential shootout with the Packers next week.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley scores against the Saints.

Ridley caught eight passes (on 11 targets) for 93 yards and a touchdown along with a fumble lost in the Thanksgiving Night loss. The touchdown came on an in-breaking route in the back of the end zone on a fourth-and-goal, and it came a few plays after Ridley got free behind the defense for a 50-yard gain on a Matt Ryan scramble. Later in the game, Ridley caught an in-breaking route on another fourth down, nearly taking it to the end zone, but he fumbled just before the goal line as he appeared to basically just drop the ball while attempting to get into the end zone. Ridley was matched up with second-year cornerback Marshon Lattimore for most of the night, and he did a good job as the numbers indicate. His performances against New Orleans this season is a good sign for him and Atlanta in the NFC South moving forward. Ridley faces the Ravens in Week 13, and he'll again be in the WR2/FLEX mix.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley catches three passes in Week 11.

Ridley gained 32 yards on his three receptions along with one carry for five yards against the Cowboys. The rookie receiver had a big drop on an in-breaking route that he had go off his hands and into the hands of Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch for an interception. Ridley will look to bounce back with a strong performance on Thanksgiving night against a Saints team he lit up for a 7/146/3 line back in Week 3.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley contained as Atlanta drops to 4-5.

Ridley caught three passes for 37 yards against the Browns, also adding a three-yard carry. It was disappointing in that the Falcons threw it 52 times, but Cleveland deserves credit for playing tough defense all afternoon. Ridley remains a low-end WR2/FLEX option for Week 11 against the Cowboys before a Thanksgiving Night matchup against the rival Saints.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley scores in Falcons' win.

Ridley struggled early with a couple of drops and then didn't break in his route which led to a Matt Ryan interception, but he bounced back and put in another strong performance. Ridley had six receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins, with the score coming on a 40-yard catch-and-run on a slant route where he showed his great acceleration and speed. He also had one carry for six yards. The rookie receiver is on pace for 66 receptions, 926 yards, and 14 touchdowns this season, as he's immediately become a huge and important part of Atlanta's offense. His presence has helped lead to Matt Ryan putting up numbers similar to his 2016 MVP campaign.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley caught five passes for 43 yards in Monday night's win over the Giants.

Ridley was second on the team with six targets, and he looked healthy and explosive coming off his ankle injury. The rookie will have some disappointing games in a loaded offense, but he obviously needs to remain rostered as Atlanta heads into their Week 8 bye, and he should be a low-end WR2/FLEX option when the team returns to face the Redskins in Washington.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley is off the Week 7 injury report.

The ankle injury suffered in last Sunday's win was mild, and the rookie receiver will be on the field Monday night against the Giants. You can safely insert Ridley into fantasy lineups as a strong WR2/FLEX option for Week 7.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) did not practice today.

This was Atlanta's first practice of the week, so it's not too big of a deal that Ridley isn't practicing. Ideally, the rookie receiver will be at least a limited participant in tomorrow's practice. Consider him 50/50 at this point, but we'd lean towards him suiting up on Monday night against the Giants.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Dan Quinn is hopeful that Calvin Ridley (ankle) will be able to play in Week 7.

Ridley's MRI came back "pretty clean" according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, and at the very least this doesn't sound like something that would keep Ridley out for a few weeks. Consider the rookie receiver questionable for Week 7, and we'll track his practice status throughout the week. The Falcons play on Monday night, so the week's first official practice will be on Thursday.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley's MRI was "pretty clean," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

It doesn't sound like Ridley will miss much time, if any, with this ankle injury, but it'll be good to hear something from the team directly on this. The Falcons' Week 7 matchup isn't until next Monday night, so ideally there'll be clarity on the situation during this week so fantasy owners will know whether they can put their talented rookie receiver in fantasy lineups before the other games kickoff. But real-life situation are obviously more important, so hopefully Ridley is feeling OK and can be on the field for his team as soon as possible.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.

Ridley was called questionable to return in the first half, but the's been ruled out as the second half gets underway. The injury didn't appear to be too serious, but it isn't a great sign that the rookie receiver has been ruled out for the rest of the game. Hopefully this isn't a high-ankle sprain that Ridley is dealing with, but there should be more clarity on the situation within the next day or so.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley is dealing with an ankle injury.

Ridley left the game against the Bucs and seemed to be walking around on the sideline fine, but he didn't return in Atlanta's next offensive series. Hopefully the explosive rookie receiver is able to return to the game soon, but we'll update you as more information becomes available. Ridley's having a big start to the game with three receptions for 47 yards to this point.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley catches four passes in Falcons' loss.

Ridley gained 38 yards on his four receptions (five targets) against the Steelers. Atlanta's offense simply couldn't get much going against a Steelers defense that pressured them throughout the day. It was a great matchup on paper, but it just didn't work out for Ridley and most of the Falcons offense. The rookie receiver should have a bigger day in Week 6 against the Buccaneers.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley scores twice in Falcons' loss.

After a three-touchdown outburst last week against the Saints, the first-round rookie receiver kept it going with four receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns against the Bengals. The scores were from 11 yards and 30 yards, with the 30-yard score coming on a beautiful double-move that got him wide-open deep. Ridley now has six touchdowns in his first four career games—and that included getting shutout in Week 1 against the Eagles. The former Alabama star is currently on pace for a 60/1,056/24 line through four games, but the touchdown pace should obviously start to slow down moving forward. The Steelers are a burnable group in Week 5, though, and Ridley has been a huge boost for Matt Ryan and the Falcons overall.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley explodes in Week 3 shootout loss.

Ridley caught seven passes for 146 yards and three scores, also adding a nine-yard rush. Atlanta's first-round pick took full advantage of Julio Jones being given tons of attention from the Saints, and he became the first rookie to catch three touchdowns in a game since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. After being shutout in the opener, Ridley has caught 11 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns over the past two weeks, and he looks like an every-week, high-upside FLEX option in an offense that's rolling. The Falcons host the Bengals in Week 4.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley scores first career touchdown in Week 2 win.

Ridley caught four passes for 64 yards and a score, which came from 11 yards out in the second quarter. He also rushed once for three yards. The team seemed to make it a point to get Ridley more involved, and he took advantage in a big win. Look for the Alabama product to keep it up against the Saints next week, but he's just a risky, high-upside FLEX option in a loaded offense.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Calvin Ridley was held without a catch in his NFL debut.

Ridley was targeted a couple of times by Matt Ryan, including one pass that was nearly intercepted by Rodney McLeod, who was dropping in zone coverage, but the rookie receiver didn't register any catches. He also was the team's kick returner, but all the kicks ended in touchbacks. Despite his talent, Ridley does not need to be owned in all fantasy leagues. He should be more involved in the offense next week, though.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong says Calvin Ridley is a "natural returner."

Armstrong spoke to the media today, saying that the rookie receiver has good "vision" and "feel" as a returner and makes good decisions back there. Ridley has gotten work as a returner throughout the preseason, and he's looked good, which isn't a surprise. The first-round pick from Alabama has uncommon acceleration that allows him to instantly change gears while running, which helps him as a returner like it does on his route running and tracking of the deep ball. Ridley isn't locked in to the primary return job yet, but it's something for fantasy owner to keep in mind—particularly those in leagues that give bonuses for return yardage.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

Matt Ryan says he sees Calvin Ridley having immediate success for the Falcons.

Matty Ice says it's "not hard" to imagine the impact the rookie receiver is going to make this season, saying that he'll fit right in and he sees him "having a really good year for us and fitting in really well with the receiving corps we have." Ryan also told CBS Sports that Ridley "is different" because of his athleticism and second gear he has. The former Alabama star showed his ability to get deep throughout his college career in the SEC, and he should mesh perfectly with Ryan's elite deep ball. Ridley has FLEX potential in his first NFL season.

Calvin Ridley | Falcons WR

The Falcons have selected Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley with the No. 26 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Considered the most pro-ready receiver by many people, Calvin Ridley is quite the acquisition for the Falcons late in the first round, and the former Alabama star will immediately step into Atlanta's offense with fellow former Alabama receiver Julio Jones. The versatility of both Jones and Ridley, along with Mohamed Sanu, will give the Falcons a ton of flexibility on offense. Quarterback Matt Ryan is probably extremely happy with this selection, and he could put Ridley to use a lot in 2018. In one of the league's best offenses with one of the league's best quarterbacks, Ridley has FLEX upside as a rookie. And for the future, Jones and Ridley figure to form one of the NFL's best Batman and Robin combos at receiver.

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