Riley Ridley

Riley Ridley

Wide Receiver #8
Team: Chicago Bears
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 199 lb.
College:Georgia
Age:23
Born:July 26, 1997
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 4 (126)
Draft Team:CHI

Riley Ridley: Expected to contribute

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."

Analysis: 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.

June 26, 2020 10:04 AM EST

Riley Ridley: Receives four targets

Ridley caught three passes for 54 yards in the Bears' 21-19 win over the Vikings in Week 17.

Analysis: 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 29, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Riley Ridley: First multi-catch game of career

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

Analysis: 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 15, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Riley Ridley: First NFL reception

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

Analysis: 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.

December 6, 2019 7:46 AM EST

Riley Ridley: Healthy scratch for MNF

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

Analysis: 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 23, 2019 3:59 PM EST

Riley Ridley: Being held out Week 1

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

Analysis: The 2019 fourth-round pick will be the odd man out in his first chance to do so 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.

September 5, 2019 4:22 PM EST

Riley Ridley: Targeted five times versus Giants

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

Analysis: 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 16, 2019 8:55 PM EST

Riley Ridley: Not targeted in preseason opener

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

Analysis: 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 8, 2019 8:35 PM EST

Riley Ridley: Back in action

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

Analysis: 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.

August 5, 2019 9:06 AM EST

Riley Ridley: Considered week-to-week

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

Analysis: 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 Cordarrell Patterson present as gadget players. The 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 27, 2019 10:30 AM EST

Riley Ridley: Injures hamstring

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

Analysis: 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.

July 26, 2019 3:14 PM EST

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