FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Atlanta Falcons receiver Calvin Ridley is not going to journey to London for Sunday’s recreation towards the New York Jets due to an undisclosed private matter, the staff introduced Thursday afternoon in a press release.
“We’re in help of Calvin throughout this time and can respect his privateness on the matter,” coach Arthur Smith stated.
Ridley, 26, has 27 catches for 255 yards and a landing this season and is coming off a seven-catch, 80-yard recreation towards Washington on Sunday. Regardless of the season-high in yards, Ridley had two drops Sunday within the 34-30 loss to Washington, solely the second time in his profession he is dropped two passes in a recreation.
“Up and down. We anticipate extra and Calvin is aware of that,” Smith stated Monday of Ridley’s efficiency towards Washington. “I am not telling something that I do not inform the gamers. He is certainly one of our high guys. He is certainly one of our captains. No one’s acquired increased expectations than he does for himself than we accomplish that that is why I name his quantity. I consider in Calvin however like all of us, we will all play higher.”
With Ridley out of the lineup and Gage nonetheless working his means again from an ankle harm suffered in Week 2 towards Tampa Bay, Atlanta’s high receivers towards the Jets on Sunday could be Olamide Zaccheaus and Tajae Sharpe.
Zaccheaus has stuffed in at extensive receiver in Gage’s absence and has six catches for 69 yards and a landing this season. In his profession, he is performed 25 video games with three begins. Sharpe, who signed with Atlanta within the offseason, has 4 catches for 29 yards this 12 months. He final began a recreation in 2019 when he was with Tennessee.
The Falcons might additionally look to make use of different choices in Ridley’s absence. Cordarrelle Patterson has been a mixture of operating again and receiver for the Falcons this season, and tight ends Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst each have high-level pass-catching expertise. All three — like Ridley — had been first-round picks once they had been drafted.
Pitts stated Thursday he does not suppose his function will change if Ridley was unable to play Sunday.
“I do not suppose that might change something,” Pitts stated. “I am nonetheless going to be the tight finish I’m and contribute in any means.”
The Falcons even have receivers Christian Blake and rookie Frank Darby on their roster. Juwan Green, whom the staff briefly elevated from the observe squad in Week 3 towards the Giants, might find yourself elevated once more regardless of not enjoying towards New York. Austin Trammell and Keelan Doss, who has 11 profession catches for 133 yards, are additionally on the observe squad.