It’s only been four games, but I feel safe in saying that the Falcons will be in the market for a quarterback this offseason.
Arthur Smith must not want to keep his job if he continues to turn to Desmond Ridder, who has shown little to no progression over eight career games. He lacks the processing necessary to succeed at this level to pair with some questionable decision making.
There’s just no reason to continue down this path. Ridder isn’t capable of developing quickly enough to save his job in 2024, which puts the Falcons in a position to draft or sign another signal caller.
The quarterback class coming out of college is loaded. There’s a flavor for every club’s preference, and PFF has the Falcons landing Michael Penix in their latest mock draft.
19. ATLANTA FALCONS: QB MICHAEL PENIX JR., WASHINGTON
Desmond Ridder has done enough for the Falcons to be .500, but you want more than “enough” from your quarterback. In 2024, they’ll have their chance to take another shot at a starting quarterback. Penix has a rocket of an arm and has earned a 94.2 passing grade this year, having already racked up over 2,000 passing yards.
Washington might be the most explosive offense in football right now. Penix looks in control, regardless of the situation, but the rave is about his rocket launcher of an arm.
The southpaw spins it with ease and can make every throw on the field. He probably could give the Falcons offense more right now than Desmond Ridder, who has eight career starts.
His age and injury history are worthy of concern, but I think his arm talent makes up for a lot of those worries.
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