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Breaking: Atlanta Falcons Are Making Starting Quarterback Change

Marcus Mariota, Desmond Ridder at Falcons training camp.

Marcus Mariota talks with Desmond Ridder during practice. 

The Marcus Mariota era is over in Atlanta - at least for the time being. 

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport this Thursday, the Falcons are planning to start rookie quarterback Desmond Ridder in Week 14 in favor of Mariota. 

In 13 starts this season, Mariota has completed just over 61% of his passing attempts and logged 15 touchdowns compared to 9 interceptions. 

"Sources: The #Falcons are looking to the future, making a QB switch to rookie Desmond Ridder as the starter," Rapoport said Thursday. 

The Falcons, 5-8, showed promise through the first eight games of their season, going 4-4 to start the year. 

After losing four of their past five contests, however, Atlanta decided it was time to make a change at quarterback. 

Ridder was selected in the third round by the Falcons in this past year's draft. A four-year starter at the University of Cincinnati, Ridder won 44 games with the Bearcats - third-most in college football history. 

The former Cincinnati standout improved in each of his four collegiate seasons, ending his Bearcat career with a highly-impressive senior campaign. He threw 30 touchdowns compared to just 8 interceptions in his final year with Cincinnati, completing just under 65% of his passing attempts. 

Accepting of his role as Mariota's backup to begin his Atlanta career, Ridder now has a chance to prove why some scouts deemed him the most pro-ready quarterback in the 2022 draft.  

He'll have his first chance to do just that in Week 15 when the Falcons travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.