There were a few Falcons fans who were upset with the draft of Alabama wide out Calvin Ridley. I wasn’t one of those people, neither was safety Ricardo Allen.
In fact here’s what Allen had to say.
He’s the real deal. And he’s a good person. He’s not walking around like he thinks he’s hot s—. He’s walking around like a really good dude.”
Coach Quinn was impressed with his ability to pick up the offense. Which is a huge plus for any rookie coming into the league. Especially when you consider the fact that Julio Jones is holding out for updated contract.
Here’s what Quinn had to say about Ridley.
Comfort-wise, I think he came in a little bit ahead of the curve,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said of Ridley. “Not only did Alabama use some of the same pro-style concepts that we feature, but some of the terminology had even been the same. So you can imagine how excited he was to see the playbook and see some of the same language he’d been studying for three years. There was like some instant sense of like, ‘OK, they call it the same thing here.’ So that was helpful.
Then on the field, the different depths of routes … [Ridley was] so mindful to get it exactly right, the right depth. And as the practices went on, you saw more of the speed come because he had real assurance of the right spot, the right space, where to break guys off. So I’m encouraged. I really am. The speed, the athleticism, all the things you saw on tape, that came to life. I knew he was a good competitor. I probably didn’t know how strong a football IQ he has. You can tell he’s really equipped in that way.”
Falcons Offense can really something special in 2018. Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff consider Ridley to be the missing link and perfect compliment for Julio Jones.
Much like Roddy White was in 2012.
What are thoughts Falcons Fam? Do you buy all the hype around Calvin Ridley?