Falcons rookie wide receiver Calvin Ridley isn’t just leading the league in touchdown catches. He’s scoring touchdowns at a historic pace.
Ridley has six touchdown catches through four games this season, which puts him on a pace to finish the season with 24 touchdown catches. The NFL record is 23, set by Randy Moss with the 2007 Patriots.
Even if it’s not realistic to think Ridley will stay on this pace for 16 games and break Moss’s record, he has a good chance at another Moss record: In 1998 Moss set the NFL record for touchdown catches in a rookie, with 17. Ridley can break Moss’s record with 12 touchdown catches in the Falcons’ 12 remaining games.
Ridley is benefiting from the fact that Julio Jones is drawing coverage away while not vulturing touchdowns. With Jones on pace to break the NFL’s yardage record and Ridley on pace to break the touchdown record, Matt Ryan has a couple of great targets.
NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports the Falcons could fire both OC Steve Sarkisian and DC Marquand Manuel.
Owner Arthur Blank is apparently convinced coach Dan Quinn is not the problem. Pelissero mentions ex-Quinn Seattle coaching mate Darrell Bevell as a possibility to replace Sark. That would be perhaps the least-inspiring hire the Falcons could make. Sark's offense has run extremely hot and cold this season, going through an unstoppable stretch in the red zone before much lower-wattage affairs over the past two months. Manuel has not had a prayer because of a wave of defensive injuries.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Falcons won't fire Dan Quinn during their Week 9 bye.
Quinn would have been already fired if the Falcons wanted to make a change. He'll survive another week despite owner Arthur Blank saying he'll evaluate the team during the bye. Quinn reportedly has "a lot of support within the organization," but remains on the hot seat. Even if Quinn lasts the rest of the year, he's not going to be back in 2020.
SOURCE: NFL Network
Nov 2, 2019, 10:49 AM ET
Falcons selected Clemson CB A.J. Terrell with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
There had reports the Falcons might trade up for a corner, but they got their man in their original spot. A five-star recruit and two-year starting outside corner for the Tigers, Terrell (6’1/195) earned first-team All-ACC honors as a true junior in 2019. He primarily played press-man coverage on the boundary but was afforded reps both in zone coverage and from the slot in his last two seasons. Most observers will cite Terrell's poor performance against LSU wideout and 2021 NFL prospect Ja'Marr Chase (9/221/2) in the National Championship game as an unforgivable blemish, but Terrell's overall body of work includes six interceptions and 20 pass breakups across 30 starts. His toughness also isn't in doubt, as he didn't miss a single start in three years. Terrell is probably more of a project than his draft position might indicate, but he should be in the line for Week 1.
Apr 23, 2020, 10:10 PM ET
Such a weird and pathetically lead team who is happy to underachieve every year. Ownership the issue. Quinn should have been out on his arse last year. For a defensive coach he sure does give up a lot of 30+ point games.