There was some curiosity around why Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley wasn’t participating with the team at the start of minicamp, and head coach Arthur Smith was as vague as ever on the why. Now we have some clarification.
Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, Ridley underwent a minor cleanup procedure on his foot, done by Dr. Robert Anderson earlier this offseason. He won’t participate in minicamp but should be ready to roll when training camp starts up in July.
#Falcons WR Calvin Ridley recently underwent minor foot surgery from Dr Robert Anderson in Green Bay, source said. A little cleanup. No participation in minicamp, but should be fine for training camp.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 9, 2021
It’s never comforting to read that one of your team’s star players had to have surgery that you didn’t hear about, but this seems to be as minor as it can be judging by the wording in Ian Rapoport’s tweet. That’s a relief given how badly the Falcons will need Ridley in 2021.
Ridley will be expected to step into even more of a prominent role within the Atlanta offense, as the team’s talisman of the wide receiver position, with the departure of longtime superstar Julio Jones. There are many questions about how the depth chart at receiver will shake out, but as long as he’s healthy, there’s no question where Ridley will be on that depth chart.
Ridley flourished in the top role on the team last season, as Jones fought through a lingering hamstring injury which hampered him throughout the campaign, going for a career high 90 receptions for 1,374 receiving yards (also a career high) and 9 receiving touchdowns in 15 games played. Atlanta’s passing attack will be the Calvin Ridley show moving forward, and we’ll look forward to seeing him out there at training camp.