From the Brad Biggs mailbag. I'm just tossing it out there this morning to get some discussion going here :-)
LINK What do you think the chances are that Riley Ridley develops enough to get into the starting rotation? — @zachressler
Are we talking about Ridley being in the starting lineup or being part of the rotation at wide receiver? Those are two different scenarios. It might be a bit of a stretch for him to go from barely seeing the field last season — he totaled 108 snaps and didn’t get into the mix until Week 13 — to starting. No doubt, the Bears hope Ridley can take a major step forward this season, and it’s not like the depth chart is stacked opposite Allen Robinson. He’s one of the wild cards for this offense as you project the coming season. It would be nice to see him seize an opportunity.
A lot of Ridley's draft stock comes from projections. He never topped 560 yards at Georgia and was a non-factor at times for the offense. However, Georgia did spend a large chunk of their plays running the ball, and Ridley probably declared a year too early for the draft. Scouts love his hands, as his 4.4% drop rate is one of the best of this class. They also like his route running ability, which is his best way of getting open, since his athletic metrics don't match up well to the rest of the draft class. He was a non-factor as a deep receiver in 2018. Ridley could use a year or two on the bench, and with some good coaching I could see him developing into a solid #2 WR.
It shouldn't be surprising that Ridley needed a year on the bench. Have patience - many guys take big leaps in their second and third years in the NFL, and Ridley is a guy to watch to see if he'll be able to crack the starting lineup. I could certainly see him passing up Ginn at some point in the season.
Post by GrizzlyBear on May 13, 2020 13:26:01 GMT -6
I liked the pick back then and was quite surprised Nagy didn't use him more last season. Still believe he can be a decent receiver and I'm hoping he'll step up this year. He's the current version of Bullard.