It’s time to jump on the hype train! Everybody seems to be in on this next player I’m about to talk about. Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is expecting big things from Calvin Ridley. Heading into his 3rd NFL season, it’s time for Ridley to take that next step. Koetter seems to agree.
“I think he’s always been able to beat his man just by pure speed and athleticism, and I think as he gets a little more consistent in his route running and understanding what is landmarks are, his depths of his routes are, I think you’re going to see a jump in his game,” Koetter said, via the team’s website. “Now, you say that, but we’re also talking about a guy who, in his first two years in the league, has put up some pretty substantial numbers. But I think his talent is even higher than that.”
Ridley, 25, has 127 catches for 1,687 yards and 17 touchdowns through his first two NFL seasons. Those stats also came in just 29 total games and 15 starts. I talked about this before but I think more than anything, there are more targets to go around Mohamed Sanu and Austin Hooper is gone. It’s time for the Calvin Ridley show and you already know Julio Jones commands double teams.
When it comes to Dirk Koetter, I think Calvin Ridley will do just fine. Ridley should have a really good season. I’m more worried about Todd Gurley in this offense. Koetter has never produced much fantasy success from the running back spot in his extreme pass happy offense in years past.