Desmond Ridder Aiming To ‘Exceed’ Expectations Of Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons staff continues to throw its support behind second-year quarterback Desmond Ridder ahead of the 2023 season.
Team owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday that they’re excited about what Desmond Ridder can do in his first year as the starting quarterback. “We feel pretty strongly that he’s going to be our quarterback in the future,” Blank said.
“And we gotta play games and we gotta see. But we feel good about him.”
His comments were followed up by GM Terry Fontenot, who says the quarterback will improve now they’re tailoring the offense to him.
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“We saw him in critical moments, third down, fourth down, end of game end to half. And he was able to produce in those moments,” Fontenot said.
“And also, Desmond, we saw him get knocked down. We saw him handle some adversity and we saw him respond to it. So, we believe in the makeup and the maturity, and then now we get into the offseason and it’s about improvement as opposed to the immediate result.
“It’s about the process of improvement and we’re a process-oriented organization. So, he’s had a really good offseason and he’s working hard to improve in all areas.”
In four appearances last season, Desmond Ridder wasn’t particularly good or bad. He completed 73-of-115 passes for 708 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.
“That’s comforting for me obviously knowing that Mr. Blank and everyone in the organization believes in me and my skill set,” Ridder said.
“At the end of the day, for myself, it’s about putting a higher expectation than even what they have for myself and going out and trying to exceed that and be better.”