Calvin Ridley is rolling today, as he has 4 grabs for 95 yards and a touchdown before halftime. His fourth grab of the day put him over 1,000 yards in a season for the first time in his career, which is a well-deserved giant round number for a player who has quietly been one of the better receivers in the NFL this year.
Ridley came into the game with 59 grabs for 905 yards and 7 touchdowns and will exit it with at least 63 receptions, 1,000 yards and 8 touchdowns. The Dirk Koetter-run offense has been putrid at times, Julio Jones has missed multiple games and even Matt Ryan hasn’t always been as sharp as usual, but none of that has kept Ridley from producing at a high level. He hasn’t formally passed Julio Jones for the #1 receiver gig—as long as Julio’s on the field, he’ll probably have that role—but Ridley has still made it clear he’s one of the best young receivers in football.
Congratulations to Ridley on the big day and the big year, and we’ll hope this is the first of many 1,000 yard campaigns to come.