The former Falcons quarterback has high hopes for the present.

Former Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has previously 

shared his opinion of, and praises, new signal-caller Mariota.

Earlier this month, Vick said Mariota earned the starting job.

While Ridder has impressed at his rookie training camp,

he hasn't done enough to oust Mariota,

believing Vic is ready to take the next step.

Mariotta hasn't made it to the Pro Bowl in the first seven years of his career,

but that could be turning a new leaf for the former Heisman Trophy winner in Atlanta.

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