Falcons WR Calvin Ridley is looking good after returning from hamstring injury
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been hampered by a hamstring injury throughout just about all of training camp, as he originally sustained the injury back on July 25 and had completed only one practice through this past weekend as a result.
However, Ridley returned to the practice field on Sunday and now seems ready to go, as Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said that the wide out “looked good.”
“It’s been about two weeks since he’s been out,” Quinn said, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We did a good job to make sure that he was fully himself, with his strength, his quickness and his explosion. … It was great to have his energy back out there, too.”
Ridley, who played his collegiate football at the University of Alabama, was originally selected by Atlanta in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft.
He had a terrific rookie campaign, playing in all 16 games and hauling in 64 receptions for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Ridley was so great, as a matter of fact, that the Falcons debated trading long-time receiver Mohamed Sanu this offseason, but Atlanta ultimately ended up holding on to him, giving the Falcons an impressive receiving corps of Julio Jones, Ridley, and Sanu. Plus, Atlanta has a good young tight end in Austin Hooper.
The Falcons may have won just seven games this past season, but thanks to a high-powered offense and a defense that is getting healthier, Atlanta should be a real threat in the NFC South in 2019.