As far as surgeries go, this one seems minor. He reportedly underwent foot surgery from Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, which has sidelined him during Falcons’ minicamp. That said, he is expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp.
The Falcons will need Ridley to carry the load at wide receiver this season following the trade of Julio Jones. Ridley has been one of the best No. 2 receivers in the league for the past few seasons, and he’s coming off 90 catches for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns last year. All three marks represent new career highs, and he’ll have a chance to best those numbers if he can stay healthy this season. Ridley has played in eight career games with Jones out of the lineup, and he’s averaged 11.1 targets, 7.3 receptions, and 107 receiving yards in those contests.
Rookie first-round pick Kyle Pitts will also have the opportunity to make an immediate impact. Tight end is a tough position for a rookie to make an impact, but Pitts enters the league as arguably the greatest tight end prospect ever. If you want to add him to your fantasy teams this season, you’ll likely need to draft him as the No. 4 TE off the board.
The Falcons win total over/under is currently set at 7.5 on FanDuel Sportsbook.