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Calvin Ridley ‘ready for that role’ as Falcons No. 1 receiver

by Lewis hawkins
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Falcons fans and fantasy football players alike have their eyes on Calvin Ridley.

With the departure of Julio Jones to the Titans, Ridley is the No. 1 receiver in Atlanta and the go-to guy.

Ridley’s ready for it. After all, he was that guy for a good portion of 2020.

“I think I’m ready for that role, more than ready for that role,” Ridley said Tuesday, per the Associated Press.

Though the Falcons were mired in a 4-12 campaign in 2020, Ridley reeled in his finest statistics. The 26-year-old hauled in a career-best 90 receptions and 1,374 yards on a career-high 143 targets. He did that in a career-high 15 starts as Jones’ final campaign in Atlanta was limited to nine games due to a troubling hamstring.

Thusly, things don’t feel all that changed for Ridley.

“I don’t want to say it’s different,” Ridley said. “I had some games without Jones. … I just can’t wait to make plays and do what I have to do for my teammates.”

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