The Atlanta Falcons have the best receiving core in the NFL. The 2018 season opener pitted the team against Super Bowl Champs, the Philadelphia Eagles, after the Falcons lost to the Eagles during the NFC Championship.
Despite the loss, the receiving core were still pegged as top of the league. Mohamed Sanu Sr., who's not your average size slot receiver, is great at navigating routes and produced 67 passes for 703 yards in five touchdowns last season. Sanu’s versatility on the field makes a huge asset for the Falcons. He is the only non-quarterback with two or more touchdown passes of at least 50 yards over the past 35 years. Matthew “Matty Ice” Ryan could use his back up QB skills when he's not passing consistently.
The NFL's best receiver Julio Jones is an explosive athlete who has reliable hands. He was a standout player from the University of Alabama, the mecca of college football. Jones who was drafted sixth overall in 2011, a guy who is a 5-time pro-bowler. You can’t go wrong with all those attributes.
Lastly, the Falcons have another Alabama breed standout, Calvin Ridley, a 5-star wide receiver who is entering his first year, which is another offensive weapon. He's quick and sharp at running deep routes and fast breaks.
The Falcons need to stay more consistent in the red zone and build a stronger defense in order to sustain the rest of the season.
In Week 7, Sanu, who has made improvements from last year, has gotten more efficient with his targets. So far he has 303 receiving yards, averaging 13.77 per game, with 3 touchdowns.
Ridley, who is definitely living up to the hype with his red zone success, has been impressive. Ridley became the first rookie in NFL history to have six touchdown receptions in his first four games after his first two-touchdown game in Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Ridley is Jones’ beneficiary, while Jones still remains this season with no touchdowns but has managed to gain 707 receiving yards.No NFL receiver has ever produced that number of receiving yards during the first six games of the season. There's no wide receiver in the NFL right now who has that many receiving yards without scoring any touchdowns.
Both Sanu and Ridley account for nine of Atlanta's 14 receiving touchdowns. Both have proved to be good second and third options behind Julio. All-in-all, the Falcons’ offense is loaded with underrated players, and is definitely not one to ever sleep on.