The Atlanta Falcons are planning to replace the quarterback this week.
Third-round rookie Desmond Ridder will reportedly replace Marcus Mariot as the starting quarterback in the Falcons’ Week 15 game against the New Orleans Saints. Jan Rapoport of NFL Network. With Atlanta on vacation this week, Ridder will get additional practice reps with the starting lineup ahead of the Falcons’ South Division game on Dec. 18.
Mariota, who joined the Falcons during the off-season after Atlanta traded Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts, has been up and down in 2022. share fifth place.
After 13 weeks, it only makes sense for the Falcons to turn to their rookie signalman after Mariota has led Atlanta to a 5-8 record. Even though the Falcons are still in playoff contention, they probably need to win at least their two remaining games in the division to keep up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
As Sportzshala Sports’ Charles McDonald wrote in his weekly Four Verts column, the Falcons should have learned what they have in the Ridder before the season ended, not relive it with the veteran Mariota. Ridder also had a good pre-season. He completed 60.1% of his passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns in three games, although he also threw two interceptions. Ridder was also successful in college, with 3,334 passing yards and 30 touchdowns in a 13–1 University of Cincinnati season that ended in the college football playoff semifinals.
Ridder may not save the Falcons’ season, but launching him at least gives Atlanta an idea of his potential as the organization evaluates the roster ahead of the 2023 offseason.