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88 Riley Ridley WR

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June 26, 2020 01:08 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Expected to contribute
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Position coach Mike Furrey expects Ridley to display the most growth among Bears wide receivers this season, Colleen Kane of The Chicago Tribune reports. "I think the biggest growth we're going to see with anybody in our room is going to be Riley Ridley," Furrey said. "The passion he has to become successful in this game, he loves the process. And I believe when you love the process, it's going to be successful."

The 2019 fourth-round pick caught three passes for 54 yards Week 17, but he otherwise was limited to three receptions on 77 offensive snaps in four appearances. Ridley could be in the mix for a top-three role this summer, competing with Ted Ginn, Javon Wims and Cordarrelle Patterson to see playing time alongside Allen Robinson and Anthony Miller. Despite Furrey's expectations, it's hard to image the winner of that battle establishing mainstream fantasy relevance.

December 29, 2019 05:12 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Receives four targets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley caught three passes for 54 yards in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17, and he ended the campaign with six receptions for 69 yards.

Ridley saw very little action in his rookie campaign before the season finale, and he'll enter the second of a five-year contract in 2020 looking to earn an increased role in the offense, but until that happens, his fantasy value will be mostly limited to dynasty leagues.

December 15, 2019 06:00 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: First multi-catch game of career
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley caught two passes for 10 yards in Chicago's 21-13 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

In a game that Mitchell Trubisky tossed 53 pass attempts, Ridley was targeted just twice, and he now has a total of 15 yards over two games played. He won't be a recommended fantasy option in a Week 16 home contest against the Chiefs.

December 6, 2019 10:48 AM
Bears' Riley Ridley: First NFL reception
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley caught one pass for five yards in the Bears' 31-24 win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

After the Bears lost Javon Wims to an in-game knee injury, Ridley saw playing time for just the second time this season, and he caught his only target of the season for a short gain. If Wims misses time, it's unlikely Ridley sees enough targets to be a major fantasy contributor, but the fact that he'd potentially see significant snaps would make him someone to consider in very deep fantasy leagues.

September 24, 2019 11:40 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Healthy scratch for MNF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's tilt against the Redskins.

The 2019 fourth-round pick hasn't seen action in any of the previous two games and will continue to wait to make his NFL debut. Without Ridley, the team will roll with Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, Anthony Miller, Cordarrelle Patterson and Javon Wims at receiver.

September 5, 2019 10:52 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Being held out Week 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley (coach's decision) is inactive Thursday versus the Packers.

The 2019 fourth-round pick will be the odd man out in his first chance to suit up as a professional. With Ridley on the sideline, Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel, Cordarrelle Patterson and Javon Wims are the Bears' available wide receivers.

August 16, 2019 11:56 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Targeted five times versus Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley caught three of five targets for 19 yards during Friday's 32-13 preseason loss to the Giants.

Ridley averaged an underwhelming 6.3 yards per catch, but it was a positive development that he drew five targets after not seeing a single one in the preseason opener. The rookie isn't battling for playing time among an especially deep group of wideouts, so perhaps he can make a case for a role in the regular season with some more productive preseason outings. It should be noted that starter Mitch Trubisky wasn't involved in this one, so next Saturday's matchup with the Colts could be more telling regarding Ridley's status.

August 8, 2019 11:40 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Not targeted in preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley was not targeted in Thursday night's 23-13 preseason loss to the Panthers.

Ridley didn't get a chance to show his pass-catching skills Thursday, but it'd be surprising if the Bears don't make a point to incorporate their rookie fourth-rounder more in next week's exhibition outing versus the Giants.

August 5, 2019 12:08 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The 2019 fourth-rounder doesn't have a clear path to steady regular-season targets, with Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller and Taylor Gabriel ahead of him on the depth chart, but the 6-foot-1, 199-pounder could eventually develop into a solid possession receiver for the Bears.

July 27, 2019 06:48 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Considered week-to-week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Matt Nagy said Saturday that Ridley (hamstring) is week-to-week, Adam Hoge of WGN Radio 720 AM Chicago reports.

Nagy also said he is "not overly concerned" about Ridley's injury. Ridley faces steep competition to earn snaps as a rookie, with Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller (shoulder) and Taylor Gabriel clearly defined as Chicago's top three wideouts, in addition to Tarik Cohen and Cordarrelle Patterson present as gadget players. Ridley, a 2019 fourth-round pick, could face difficulty carving out a role in 2019 if he were to miss significant time leading up to the season.

July 26, 2019 06:16 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Injures hamstring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ridley was removed from Friday's practice due to a right hamstring injury, Jeff Dickerson of reports.

The Bears' receiving corps has a defined top three and a gadget player in Cordarrelle Patterson, blocking Ridley's path to relevance as a rookie. A health concern won't help Ridley's cause, either, but he has plenty of time and opportunity to show the coaching staff what he may be able to contribute in 2019. A fourth-round selection, he profiles as a possession receiver whenever he can lock down a consistent role in the offense.

April 27, 2019 04:52 PM
Bears' Riley Ridley: Chicago adds in fourth round
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Bears selected Ridley in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 126th overall.

Ridley, brother of Calvin, was a productive player at Georgia but was never quite a featured player in the Bulldogs offense for various anecdotal reasons. The team's depth certainly played a part, but Ridley also had some injury and disciplinary issues disrupting his career early on. He has no long-term concerns on either front, so we can instead focus on how he caught 58 passes for 788 yards and 11 touchdowns on 89 targets over the last two years (65.2 percent catch rate, 8.9 YPT). Ridley brings innate route-running polish along with a good catch radius, and he should be able to play both the slot and outside fine enough. The issue for his fantasy prospects is primarily Chicago's immense wealth of pass catchers -- all of Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller, Taylor Gabriel and Trey Burton figure to keep Ridley down in the rotation for the foreseeable future. It's also concerning that Ridley tested rather poorly at the combine, running a 4.58-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 199 pounds while posting a brutal vertical (30.5 inches) and agility score (11.5).

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