Ridder Will Be Starting QB for Sunday’s Game: Falcons

Desmond Ridder will be the Falcons’ starting quarterback this Sunday.

That was Head Coach Arthur Smith‘s answer to growing questions about the second-year QB’s ability to lead the team to victories after a messy first half of the London game that led to a Jaguars 23-7 victory. A loss many are pinning on Ridder’s performance.

“Obviously,” said Smith, “I wouldn’t be sitting, pontificating about what went on in the game if we were making a change.”

Ridder’s performance in the first two quarters was heavily scrutinized, having gone 9 of 14 for 73 yards and getting sacked 3 times (4 times in the entire game.) He threw two pick-sixes, one of which was returned by the Jaguars for a touchdown.

Coach Smith said he monitored Ridder’s performance and response to adversity after the less-than-satisfactory first half. He said Ridder “came out firing” in the second half.

“You’ve got a young player in his eighth start,” he said to Falcons beat reporter Terrin Waack. “There’s a fine line of being stubborn in situations and coming out of halftime to see what he’s got. Otherwise, we’ll never know. I thought he came back [after halftime]. Obviously, it wasn’t what we wanted result wise. But he gave us a chance.”
Ridder is listed as the starting quarterback for the upcoming home game against the Houston Texans on Sunday at Mercedes Benz Stadium in the newly released depth chart.