Atlanta Falcons second-year wide receiver Calvin Ridley didn't receive much love from the Madden rankings this week. Well, he didn't get much more from NFL.com.
There were several different types of lists released in articles this week on NFL.com -- two most pertaining to the Falcons were the league's deepest position groups and top five wide receiver duos. The Falcons could have easily had players on both, but they were left off each list.
Since Julio Jones is considered one of the best wide receivers in the league, it's not likely he was the reason Atlanta's wideouts didn't make either list. No, they aren't on those lists because NFL.com apparently doesn't think all that much of Ridley.
Including Mohamed Sanu as well, the Falcons have the deepest wide receiver group in the league. To be fair to NFL.com, though, no other wideout core was on the list instead of Atlanta's, so I'm somewhat willing to let them slide on this one. But not on the best wide receiver duos piece.
My biggest beef is two of the duos that made NFL.com's Top 5 instead of Jones and Ridley have never played with each other. Those pairings were Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry along with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams.
On paper, both duos appear to be great, and I suppose, as we wait for the season to start, NFL.com's Top 5 wide receiver duos only exists on modern-day paper -- your computer screen -- but we don't yet know whether or not these stars can co-exist in the same offense.
However, we do know that Jones and Ridley can combine for nearly 2,500 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns in a season. Ridley should also only get better during his season year.
By the end of 2019, the Jones-Ridley duo should not only be ranked in the Top 5 wide receiver duos, I expect them to have an argument as the best wideout combination in the NFL.