The wide receiver goes through a personal problem about which Atlanta head coach Arthur Smith did not want to delve.
FLOWERY BRANCH – The wide receiver of the Atlanta Falcons, Calvin Ridley, will not travel to london for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets on an undisclosed personal issue, the team announced Thursday afternoon in a statement.
“We support Calvin during this time and we respect your privacy with this matter, “said the head coach Arthur Smith.
Ridley is one of three Falcons that do not travel to England, next to wide receiver Russell Gage (ankle) and the defensive lineman Marlon davidson (ankle).
RidleyThe 26-year-old has 27 receptions for 255 yards and a touchdown on the season, and is coming off a seven-catch, 80-yard performance against Washington on Monday. Despite his season-best yardage record of the season, Ridley he suffered two dropped passes in a 34-30 loss, only the second time in his career that he dropped two passes in the same game.
“Ups and downs. We expect more than Calvin and he knows it, “he declared Smith on Monday regarding the performance of Ridley against Washington. “I don’t say anything that I don’t tell the players. He is one of our best players. He is one of our captains. No one has higher expectations for him than himself, and that’s why we look for him. I believe in CalvinBut like all of us, he can do better. “
With Ridley out of alignment and Gage still working to come back from an ankle injury suffered in Week 2 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta’s best receivers against the Jets Sunday will be Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae sharpe.
Zaccheaus has filled the void left by the absence of Gage and has six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown this season. In his lifetime, he has played in 25 games with three starts. Sharpe, who signed with Atlanta in the offseason, he has four catches for 29 yards this year. He last started a game in 2019, when he was with the Tennessee Titans.
The Falcons they could also look for other options in the absence of Ridley. Cordarrelle Patterson has been a combination of running back and catcher for the Falcons this season, and tight ends Kyle Pitts and Hayden hurst They have high pass catching skills. All three – like Ridley– were first-round recruits when they were drafted.
Pitts said Thursday that he did not believe his role would change if he Ridley I couldn’t play on Sunday.
“I do not think that it would change in something”, indicated Pitts. “I will continue to be the tight end that I am and contribute in any way that I can.”
The Falcons also have the receivers Christian blake and Frank Darby, rookie, on your squad. Juwan Green, who was momentarily elevated by the team from the practice squad in Week 3 against the New York Giants, could be promoted again, even though he did not play on that occasion. Austin trammell and Keelan Doss, who has 11 career receptions for 133 yards, are also part of the practice squad.