Calvin Ridley is set to be the new No. 1 wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons but he feels no pressure to replace Julio Jones. Jones, who spent a decade playing for the Falcons, was traded this offseason and Ridley is set to be the team's new top receiver.
"I played with Julio, Mohamed Sanu, since Day 1, those guys, I feel like I've been moving toward that way of I can do it by myself," Ridley said. "Obviously I'm not by myself, we have other players who are really good, but I feel like I've been ready and I just needed an opportunity to get in those positions."
Ridley had a chance to watch Jones and learn from his routines and habits. "Just the confidence [Jones] has every week and being the No. 1 receiver and going out to work every day, I feel like you have to believe in yourself," Ridley said.
"And by my second year, that's when I realized that's what he's all about, confidence. "So when I realized that, I just started to think that, I didn't think that I'm better than him, but I just believed in myself and I really think that made me a better player.
I really believe in myself."
Falcons head coach Arthur Smith praises Ridley
"He had a really productive year. Calvin has been a really good player here so far," Smith said. "Best days are hopefully ahead of him.
I've been impressed with Calvin, both the person and the player. I'm excited to get to work with him." Elsewhere, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke about moving in silence this offseason. "It's been one of those quiet offseasons you dream about, where you can kind of just go through your process on your own, quietly," Rodgers said.
"And that's all you can ask for as an older player in the league and someone who's been around for a long time and just enjoys that time to yourself, just relax, to not be bothered, to not have any obligations or anything going on.
"I think that's what this offseason has been about. It's been about really enjoying my time and spending it where I want to spend it, not feeling like I have to go anywhere but still be an NFL player at the same time. It's been great."