Rookie Ridley gets first Falcons reps as slot receiver

Savannah Richardson
June 14, 2018 - 7:40 am
wide receiver Calvin Ridley

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Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn addressed the media after Day 2 of the team’s 2018 minicamp. After a lackluster first day, the head coach appears to be happier with the 33 rookies and the team as a whole.

He made it a point to praise the rookies in his opening statements.

One of the first-year pros Quinn talked about specifically was wide receiver Calvin Ridley and the progress he’s made in a short amount of time. After starting out as an outside receiver, Ridley appears to be getting reps as a slot receiver too.

“Well number one, the biggest part is owning the whole part of the offense. We play him at one spot and in this camp we’ve played him at more one than one spot,” Quinn stated. “In the first part of OTAs we left him as an outside receiver and so then we wanted to explore what he would look like if we played him in the slot, and he certainly answered those challenges well.

“For him it’s the versatility of playing both inside and outside and detailing the routes and the concepts that come in. He’s got a big summer ahead of him, he’ll spend a good bit of time with the quarterbacks and some of the other receivers over the summer in anticipation of a really good training camp.”

Ridley, a rookie wide out from Alabama, is a versatile player that the Falcons have an opportunity to plug in different places. Quinn likes his versatility and also mentioned he’s used him in some special teams’ situations this week.

Quinn mentioned that each rookie received two things they’ll have to work on this summer. Ridley’s were detailing his routes and concepts that come with playing as an outside and inside receiver.

After two days it seems Quinn’s happy with what he’s seen.

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