WR1: Calvin Ridley reflects on playing with Julio Jones as he steps into bigger role
Now that Julio Jones has been traded to Tennessee, it is Calvin Ridley’s turn to be WR1 in Atlanta.
At his Tuesday media opportunity, Ridley reflected on what he learned from being teammates with Jones.
“Just the confidence [Jones] has every week and being the number one receiver and going out to work every day, I feel like you have to believe in yourself,” Ridley said, via ESPN. “And by my second year, that’s when I realized that’s what he’s all about, confidence.
“So when I realized that, I just started to think that, I didn’t think that I’m better than him, but I just believed in myself and I really think that made me a better player. I really believe in myself.”
Ridley is showing some of that confidence as he gets ready to be the Falcons’ go-to wideout.
“I played with Julio, Mohamed Sanu, since Day 1, those guys, I feel like I’ve been moving toward that way of I can do it by myself,” Ridley said. “Obviously I’m not by myself, we have other players who are really good, but I feel like I’ve been ready and I just needed an opportunity to get in those positions.”
Ridley is coming off of his first season of hitting four-digit yardage. Last season, Ridley’s third in the NFL, the former Alabama standout caught 90 passes for 1,374 yards and 9 touchdowns. Entering Year 4, Ridley has 217 catches for 3,061 yards and 26 TDs.