Desmond Ridder Jun 14, 2022; Flowery Branch, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterbacks Desmond Ridder (4) and Marcus Mariota (1) pass on the field during Minicamp at the Falcons Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Mariota is expected to be the Atlanta Falcons’ starting quarterback to start the 2022 NFL season, but rookie Desmond Ridder appears to feel like he’s not that far off from having the job.

The Falcons selected the Cincinnati quarterback with the 74th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft and he’s acclimated himself to the NFL and the team’s playbook extremely quickly. In fact, according to Ridder, picking up the playbook and adjusting to the pro game has been pretty easy so far.

“The overall knowledge of the offense – I’m not going to lie, I thought I would come in and struggle a little bit,” Ridder said. “We’re almost all the way through all of our installs and putting in all those checks, and I have a good grasp of it. That surprised me, honestly. I’m not saying I wouldn’t have picked it up, but I thought it might’ve taken a bit longer, a couple of extra days. I’ve been able to pick up on it pretty smoothly.”

Ridder isn’t a guy who is used to sitting on the bench, so it’s not too surprising that he’s doing everything he can to be the future quarterback for the Falcons. It’s not too surprising to hear his confidence considering Ridder said Atlanta is “gonna get a Super Bowl out of me” after being drafted.

Between 2018 and 2021, Ridder threw for 10,239 yards and 87 touchdowns, ending his tenure with a 43-6 record as a starter.

[Justin Felder]

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