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Desmond Ridder making a competition out of QB role

by Jordan Epp | Falcons Correspondent | Wed, Jun 22nd 12:55pm EDT

Rookie QB Desmond Ridder has been impressing the Atlanta Falcons' staff, including head coach Arthur Smith, and could make a competition for the starting QB spot. (Josh Kendall, The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact:

The Falcons brought in QB Marcus Mariota from the Las Vegas Raiders to give him another chance at starting in the NFL, but Ridder has a chance of giving the Heisman winner a run for his money. At Cincinnati, Ridder threw for 3,334 yards and 30 touchdowns, rushing for six with his legs. Both Mariota and Ridder are being drafted outside the top 25 QBs, according to FantasyPros average draft position, but should he find an early-season starting role, Ridder could surpass his QB39 ranking with weapons like TE Kyle Pitts and rookie WR Drake London. According to Kendall, it "won’t be surprising if Ridder takes over Mariota’s starting job at some point this season," giving the rookie interesting potential in superflex formats.

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