CINCINNATI — First impressions are always important, and Desmond Ridder is doing a great job with his in Atlanta. The new Falcons quarterback is already well-versed in the playbook which he got less than two weeks ago.
"I'm in the playbook 24/7," he told Falcons reporter Tori McElhaney. "I have it down pretty good. So, when they're coming over to me, asking questions, being able to fire it back at them real quick. And they understand I have a good grasp and knowledge of the offense. That builds trust within the offense and our relationships within each other."
On top of recognizing he has to get the playbook down faster than any other player, Ridder also knows his current place in the positional hierarchy.
"I think that's the biggest things," Ridder said about respecting the process. "Marcus (Mariota) is a guy who's played a lot of games in the NFL, and obviously, had a tremendous college career. You have to give respect where respect is due... but at the end of the day - and he knows, too - it's obviously a competition, or else we wouldn't be here."
Ridder transforms every situation he enters, and that's not slowing up down south. Check out the full story here.
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