The Atlanta Falcons have a very exciting wide receiver room for the future. The Falcons have mostly avoided having veterans in their receiving core and have instead opted to bring some youth to the position. This is the best course of action for the team as they are beginning to demolish and rebuild their roster. Pairing rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder with young receivers that can grow with him is the best thing Atlanta can do to develop Ridder and they have begun that process already.
Calvin Ridley, while being the best receiver on the roster, will not see the field in the 2022 season. After finding out that Ridley had been gambling on NFL games, the league hit him with a harsh year-long suspension. According to Ridley, he did not bet over $1500 throughout the entirety of the season. Once he is able to take the field again in 2023, there will be an instant connection between Ridley and Ridder.
Bryan Edwards will be a new face to the Atlanta Falcons receiver room this season. He spent his first two seasons in the league as a member of the Las Vegas Raiders. Although he got off to a slow start with the team in his rookie season, he began to come into his own his second year in the league. This year could be a career year and even potentially a breakout season for Edwards.
Drake London likely will be the primary wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons this season. He was the 8th overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft. London is an elite deep threat and has the size to be a red zone target as well. With London paired alongside tight end Kyle Pitts, Atlanta’s passing game may have some more life to it in 2022 than it did last season. As long as he can stay healthy and meet the rather lofty expectations that have been set for him in his rookie season, he has the potential to be one of the best receivers in the league further down the line. London very well may end up being a franchise player for the Falcons and be one of the players to lead them into this new era.
The final starting wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons this season is Olamide Zaccheaus. Zaccheaus has spent his entire NFL career with the Falcons after being signed as an undrafted free agent. He was a member of the 2019 draft class and the fact that he is still in the league today speaks to the hard work he has put in to improve his game since joining the Falcons. Zaccheaus has worked his way up to starting in half of Atlanta’s games last season. He is slated to be a full-time starter for the team this season and it could be the chance he has earned to finally solidify a long-term future with a team like the Falcons.