Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley

27-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Atlanta Falcons
NFI-R
Injury Personal
Est. Return 3/1/2022
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into 2020, Ridley had more or less lived up to his first-round pedigree, but last season constituted a full breakout. Despite missing a game, Ridley finished tied for fifth in yards, sixth in YPT (9.6), first in 100-yard games (8) and scored nine times. He also led all receivers in aDOT (14.6) and air yards (2,067), i.e., Ridley’s 143 targets were not of the dink-and-dunk variety. Unsurprisingly, he tied Justin Jefferson for the league lead in 20-yard catches with 23. At 6-1, 190, and with 4.43 speed, Ridley is a good athlete, but no physical freak. He relies on quickness, route running, versatility — lining up in the slot or outside — and his rapport with Matt Ryan. And now, with Julio Jones out of the picture, Ridley is one of the favorites to lead the league in targets. He topped 100 yards in five of the seven games Jones missed last year, averaging a whopping 11.3 targets (Davante Adams led the NFL with 10.6 per game). New HC Arthur Smith hopes to have a balanced offense where that type of target volume is far-fetched, but Smith faces an uphill battle in Year 1 with Mike Davis as his projected lead back, and he also built the offense in which Ryan Tannehill tossed 55 TDs against 12 INTs in 26 starts the last two years. The Ryan-to-Ridley connection should stay hot, at least for one more season. Ridley had minor foot surgery in June but is expected to be ready for training camp. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $10.9 million contract with the Falcons in July of 2018. Falcons exercised $11.12 million team option for 2022 in April of 2021.
Not in contact with team yet
WRAtlanta Falcons
Personal
January 15, 2022
Ridley, who did not play after Week 7 to focus on his mental health, has not contacted members of the Falcons' front office regarding plans for next season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
ANALYSIS
There's still very little information regarding Ridley's abrupt leave of absence from the Falcons and it doesn't seem as if the franchise or player has any intentions of accelerating the issue anytime soon. Garafolo even went on to say it's possible both sides could mutually seek a trade this offseason, though that's by no means something that has been confirmed by either party. The 2018 first-round pick had his $11.12 million fifth-year option exercised this past offseason, though it remains to be seen if that compensation would be fully guaranteed given that distinction is normally reserved for injury only. The 27-year-old finished the 2021 season with 31 receptions for 281 yards and two touchdowns across five games.
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How do Calvin Ridley's 2021 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
100.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.77
 
% Team Air Yards
12.6%
 
% Team Targets
9.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
59.6%
 
Drop Rate
7.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.1
 
% Targeted On Route
27.1%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.46
 
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Atlanta FalconsFalcons 2021 WR Snap Distribution See more data like this | See last season's snap counts
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58954%
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58354%
8791%
49145%
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28426%
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1019%
3536%
192%
11%
172%
55%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Calvin Ridley's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.43 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.41 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.0 in
 
Broad Jump
110 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
The 26th selection in the 2018 draft, Ridley picked up last season where he left off as a rookie, only with more efficiency, before missing the season's last three games with an abdominal injury. He bumped his YPC and and YPT marks to 13.7 and 9.3, respectively, and scored seven times, despite seeing only seven red-zone targets all year. Ridley didn't make many big plays - only 12 catches of 20-plus yards and none for more than 40 - but he also showed improved focus (only three drops) and put up better numbers after Mohamed Sanu was traded and Austin Hooper got hurt. At 6-1, 190, Ridley has only average size, and his 4.43 40 speed is above average but nothing special for a player of his frame. Ridley's also a good route runner, capable of lining up in the slot or outside. With Hooper now in Cleveland, Ridley is the clear No. 2 option after 31-year Julio Jones, playing in a pass-friendly system with the capable Matt Ryan at quarterback. A healthy Jones limits Ridley's ceiling, but the passing-game tree is narrow, giving him a strong floor.
Taken with the 26th overall pick last year, Ridley had a promising rookie season with 10 scores (T-6th), 8.9 YPT and four catches of 40-plus yards on only 92 targets. Ordinarily, that kind of debut would portend big things in Year 2. But six of Ridley's TDs came in Weeks 2-4 - he had only four scores from Week 5 until the end of the year. Moreover, Ridley's focus was suspect at times as he dropped nine passes, nearly 10 percent of his total looks. Finally, the once red-zone-challenged Julio Jones went on a TD-scoring tear in the second half, and Jones isn't going anywhere as the team's target hog and first look near the goal line. At 6-1, 190, Ridley has average size and good speed (4.43 40). He's a polished route runner and versatile enough to line up outside or in the slot. And while Jones' presence limits his target and production ceiling, there's a nice floor with a stable QB situation, modest contributions from the TE in the passing game and only 30-year-old Mohamed Sanu competing for the non-Jones portion of the wideout opportunities.
Taken with the 26th overall pick, Ridley finds himself in a nearly ideal landing spot. The Falcons have a high-end QB in his prime and a playmaking void opposite an aging Julio Jones at receiver. Mohamed Sanu is a decent possession option, but he's slow and had only one 40-yard catch over the last two years. Enter Ridley, a polished route runner and accomplished college receiver who runs a 4.43 40 and has enough quickness to line up in the slot. At 6-1, 190, Ridley isn't especially stout, and he's already 23, so his ceiling might not be as high as some of the younger players in his class. But he should see targets out of the gate and has a good chance to be the team's No. 2 option before long.
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No update on possible return
WRAtlanta Falcons
Personal
December 22, 2021
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith said Wednesday that he doesn't have an update on Ridley, who remains on the reserve/non-football injury list due to a personal matter, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.
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Still no update
WRAtlanta Falcons
Personal
November 22, 2021
Coach Arthur Smith said Monday that he still doesn't have an update on Ridley's (personal) status, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Goes on NFI list, out three weeks
WRAtlanta Falcons
Personal
November 5, 2021
Atlanta placed Ridley (personal) on the reserve/non-football injury list Friday.
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Steps away from team
WRAtlanta Falcons
Personal
October 31, 2021
Ridley (personal) announced on his personal Twitter page Sunday that he's decided "to step away from football at this time and focus on my mental health."
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Surprise inactive Sunday
WRAtlanta Falcons
Personal
October 31, 2021
Ridley won't play Sunday against the Panthers while he attends to a personal matter.
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