The Atlanta Falcons have gone back and forth at the quarterback position this season between Desmond Ridder and Taylor Heinicke, but it seems like they’ll likely be going with Ridder going forward.
During his press conference this week, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith made it clear that they think Desmond Ridder gives the team the best chance to win going forward, indicating that he will likely remain the starting quarterback even when Heinicke is healthy.
“Des did a nice job having to come back in that game, gave us a chance,” Smith said. “Situation is where it’s at, so we think Des gives us the best chance. And then on top of that, Taylor won’t practice this week. We’ve got to assess throughout the week to even see what his role is going to be on Sunday.
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“So we’ll just monitor that as it goes, but we have a lot of confidence in Des. We think the last couple of weeks, he’s handled it really well — a lot of things going on. I think the reset will be very beneficial for him.”
So far this season, Ridder has 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,740 yards with six touchdowns and six interceptions.