Matt Ryan of the Falcons is confident in Calvin Ridley’s replacement.

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Matt Ryan of the Falcons is confident in Calvin Ridley’s replacement.

The Atlanta Falcons will be without starting wide receiver Calvin Ridley, who is taking time off to focus on his mental health.

Tajae Sharpe, a former fifth-round draft pick in 2016, has stepped in for Ridley and has played 99 total plays in the two games he has been out. During those games, he’s caught 9 of 11 targets.

Sharpe led the club in the air in his most recent start against the Carolina Panthers, catching five of his six targets for 58 yards.

Moving forward without Ridley for an indefinite period of time may or may not destroy Atlanta’s offense, but quarterback Matt Ryan is sure that Sharpe can fill the need.

After the Falcons’ 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday, Oct. 31, Ryan remarked, “I believe Tajae has done a fantastic job all year.” “I thought he did that for us tonight because he has been asked to go in and make plays at different occasions.” I made a few good plays. Tajae will step in and be a good player for us, and I have a lot of faith in him.”

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Sharpe is a University of Massachusetts product.

Sharpe, 26, was picked in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2016 NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans out of the University of Massachusetts.

Sharpe had to compete against Andre Johnson, Dorial Green-Beckham, and Kendall Wright in training camp to make Tennessee’s 53-man roster as a rookie. However, he outperformed them in the offseason and was chosen the starting wide receiver opposite Rishard Matthews, making his first appearance against the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener.

Sharped had 41 receptions for 522 yards and two touchdowns in his debut season.

Unfortunately, he missed the whole 2017 season after being placed on injured reserve before Week 1 due to a foot injury. Sharpe returned in 2018 and 2019, but after his production dropped in 2020, the Titans declined his fifth-year option and he signed with the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad. He ended up with Kansas City until getting waived in December… Nokia News – Quick Recap

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