If there was any thought about the Atlanta Falcons still being in the market for their starting quarterback in 2023, head coach Arthur Smith may have put that speculation to bed this week. During a sit-down interview with NFL Media at the NFL owners meetings, coach Smith said that free-agent signing Taylor Heinicke will be his backup, while second-year signal-caller Desmond Ridder will be QB1.
"I thought he improved week after week," Smith said of Ridder's performance last year. "He was very effective on third and fourth down, and you saw those last two weeks the growth he made from his first start to really his third and fourth (start). We're excited about him."