Calvin Ridley
WR ATL (10)
Mon 5/3/21 10:59 AM

The Falcons exercised Ridley's $11.12 million team option for 2022 on Monday, Gaby Moran of Atlanta's official site reports.
EDGE Analysis
Atlanta likely didn't have to think too hard about whether to extend Ridley's rookie contract to a fifth year after he emerged as one of the NFL's top wideouts in 2020. Following a pair of promising campaigns to begin his career, Ridley catapulted to stardom last season, claiming second-team All-Pro honors after amassing 90 receptions for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns. Ridley and Julio Jones will remain locked in as the No. 1 and 2 options in some order in a strong Atlanta passing game that was bolstered this offseason with the addition of No. 4 overall pick Kyle Pitts, who is widely viewed as one of the top pass-catching tight end draft prospects in recent memory.

Calvin Ridley
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Sun 1/3/21 4:33 PM

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

Calvin Ridley
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Sun 12/27/20 5:05 PM

Ridley reeled in five of nine targets for 130 yards and lost seven yards on his lone rush attempt during Sunday's 17-14 loss to Kansas City.
EDGE 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 total touchdowns since Week 14. Ridley has attracted nine or more targets in six consecutive appearances, and he next draws a matchup against Tampa Bay 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.

Calvin Ridley
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Sun 12/20/20 5:04 PM

Ridley reeled in 10 of 14 targets for 163 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 31-27 loss to Tampa Bay.
EDGE 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. With Julio Jones (hamstring) 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.

Calvin Ridley
WR ATL (10)
Fri 12/18/20 2:02 PM

Ridley (foot) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.
EDGE 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 this weekend, especially with fellow wideout Julio Jones (hamstring) being ruled out for another game.

Calvin Ridley
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Thu 12/17/20 4:03 PM

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

Calvin Ridley
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Wed 12/16/20 3:42 PM

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

Calvin Ridley
WR ATL (10)
Sun 12/13/20 7:53 PM

Ridley corralled eight of 12 targets for 124 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Chargers.
EDGE 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 TD strike from fellow wideout Russell Gage to kick off the scoring for Atlanta and 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.

Calvin Ridley
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Sun 12/6/20 6:06 PM

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

Calvin Ridley
WR ATL (10)
Fri 12/4/20 4:48 PM

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