“I understand my role may have increased, but I’m ready for it.”
With wide receiver Julio Jones off to Tennessee, the Falcons will count on Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. “Russ has worked a lot in the slot, but like with all of our skill players, it’s our job to as coaches to push down with these guys and see what they can handle,” Smith said. “Russell has done a nice job in the slot, but we’ve moved Russell all over the place. Then we’ve got to make decisions as we get closer to the season. … We envision Russ playing multiple spots.” (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Nerdy Football Analysis: With Julio now catching passes from Ryan Tannehill, someone is going to have to step up in the Falcons offense. TE Kyle Pitts is expected to fill some of the vacated Julio targets but Gage should be first wideout in line to see a boost in production. He’s an ideal late-round selection in drafts and should fly under the radar throughout the summer.