David Carr explains why Falcons WRs Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley are top duo in the NFL
The Atlanta Falcons have a pair of former Alabama star receivers in Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley.
Jones is legitimately one of the best receivers in the game, while Ridley is an up-and-coming star in his own right.
In an article ranking the top WR duos in the NFL this year, former QB David Carr explained why he had Jones and Ridley at No. 1 (via NFL.com):
I can’t say enough about Julio Jones’ dominance over the last six seasons. Since 2014, Jones has 623 receptions and 9,388 receiving yards (both most in the NFL), and he’s posted six consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 receiving yards, which ties Torry Holt for the longest such streak in NFL history. He can do it all even when double- or triple-teamed, which he often is, providing Matt Ryan a reliable target in tight windows. The one knock against Jones over the last few seasons has been his relative lack of touchdown production, an area in which Ridley has excelled, logging 17 TD receptions in his first two seasons. The third-year pro, who thrives after the catch and has improved his route running, is hungrier than ever to hit the 1,000-yard mark for the first time. He can accomplish that feat with Jones garnering so much attention from defenses. After ranking fourth in receiving yards among WR duos last season, Jones and Ridley are poised to climb the ladder in 2020.
Will Ridley and Jones both have big seasons in 2020? The Falcons will need them to be dominant if they’re going to make a playoff run in the deep NFC South.