Falcons benching Marcus Mariota for Desmond Ridder
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota will not start in Week 15 against the New Orleans Saints, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Mariota will relinquish starting duties to rookie Desmond Ridder after the Falcons' bye week. The former No. 2 overall pick led the Falcons to a 5-8 record while completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 170.7 yards per game. The Falcons throw the ball at the second-lowest rate (44.0%) in the NFL, so the quarterback change may not have much of an impact on Drake London and the other pass-catchers.
Among the 38 quarterbacks with at least 100 drop backs this season, Mariota is No. 20 in Passing Net Expected Points per attempt. He is averaging 15.8 FanDuel points per contest.
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