ATLANTA – After a breakout performance in which he recorded his first NFL touchdown, Calvin Ridley said he'll definitely be framing the ball from Sunday's win.
A moment not all get to experience and one he'll certainly remember for the rest of his life.
Atlanta's first-round pick caught four passes for 64 yards and one touchdown. Ridley and Julio Jones (five catches, 64 yards) led the Falcons in receiving yards against the Panthers.
Ridley is about as polished as they come for a rookie. His demeanor and the confidence he displays on a daily basis could make one think he's been in the league for years.
So, when asked to express his feelings on scoring his first NFL touchdown, Ridley downplayed his excitement.
"It was pretty good," Ridley said with a smile. "Same thing I did in practice."
He then went into further detail.
"No, it was a really good feeling," Ridley said. "Matt, connecting with me in there for my first touchdown it was good. It was a slant. I worked him at the line and I won. And Matt [gave me] a great ball and I caught it and got in the end zone."
His quarterback was just as happy for delivering the pass to give Ridley his first career touchdown.
"He ran a great route," Ryan said. "Really good patience versus man-to-man coverage to be able to reset his stem of the route and the separate at the top. That's what he's capable of doing, creating separation. I was proud and happy for Calvin.
Ridley's route-running is something he's been praised for since being drafted back in April.
Ridley certainly has the talent to be an impact player in the Falcons' offense and the fact that Jones is his mentor, Ridley could be set up for success for a long time.
"Great job for him," Jones said. "I always tell him, just do what you do. The game will slow down to you. You don't need to go out here and make up things. Just do what you do, and it showed today. He made some great plays for us."