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Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

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L 18-21
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L 9-17
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vs. Ari
W 20-19
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W 30-17
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Falcons' Blank excited about building around Ridder at QB

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Wednesday he is encouraged by the progress of quarterback Desmond Ridder and the potential of building around the rookie.

Blank, speaking with Falcons reporters via phone from the Super Bowl, expressed confidence in the direction of the team following a 7-10 finish under second-year coach Arthur Smith. As others have speculated the Falcons could have interest in a high-priced quarterback like Lamar Jackson, who has just finished his rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens, Smith spoke of the advantages of building around Ridder and his rookie contract.

"When you have that opportunity, that's the perfect set of circumstances," Blank said. "The perfect storm, if you will, in a positive way, not a negative way. When you have a quarterback who you draft and have for four or five years, that's a really big deal."

NFC South Division
xy-Tampa Bay 890.471
Carolina 7100.412
New Orleans 7100.412
Atlanta 7100.412
Full Standings
Pass Yds: M. Mariota2219
Pass TDs: M. Mariota15
Rush Yds: T. Allgeier1035
Rush TDs: C. Patterson8
Rec Yds: D. London866
Rec TDs: D. London4
Int: R. Grant2
Sacks: G. Jarrett6.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5417 (24)
Passing Yards: 2927 (31)
Rushing Yards: 2718 (3)
Points per game: 21.5 (15)
Yards per game: 318.6 (24)
Touchdowns: 34 (19)
Field Goals: 32 (6)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 6156 (27)
Passing Yards: 4090 (20)
Rushing Yards: 2214 (23)
Points per game: 22.7 (23)
Yards per game: 362.1 (27)
Touchdowns: 41 (19)
Field Goals: 33 (25)
Date Player Transactions
1/18 K. Hinton signed
1/16 K. Smith pract. squad del
1/9 J. Ali pract. squad add
1/9 J. Ali signed
1/9 B. Baylor signed
1/9 Q. Bell signed
1/9 A. Bledsoe signed
1/9 D. Etheridge signed
1/9 J. Guidry signed
1/9 T. Fisk signed
Date Player Status
1/8 E. Wilkinson calf (Out)
1/1 E. Wilkinson calf (Questionable)
1/1 F. Franks concussion (Out)
12/31 C. Edoga knee (IR)
12/31 J. Moffatt calf (IR)
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