The Chicago Bears struggled offensively last season and most of the blame was placed on the arm of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. However, another reason was lack of wide receiver depth behind Allen Robinson. Riley Ridley is hoping to help fix that in his second NFL season.
Ridley, who stands in at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, has been having an impressive training camp for the Bears. He could even be becoming an X-Factor for the offense and end up taking on a much larger role than expected.
Mike Furrey, the Bears’ wide receivers coach, spoke out about Ridley and shared some very positive reviews on the young wideout.
“I’m really proud of (Ridley). He’s come in, obviously like we’ve talked (about), he had that experience, he’s been around the playbook, but this guy never misses an extra walk-through. He’s always there. He’s trying to learn every single position.”
During his rookie season with the Bears last year, Ridley only ended up playing in five games. He caught six passes for 69 yards on the season. Obviously, nothing huge was expected from him this year.
Behind Robinson, Anthony Miller was expected to step up in 2020. He still could, but Ridley has been the wide receiver turning heads in camp.
Matt Nagy and company could absolutely use a guy like Ridley stepping up. He isn’t going to be asked to rack up 1,000 receiving yards, but being a solid No. 3 receiver would be ideal. Trubisky or Nick Foles will need as many weapons as they can possibly get.
It will be interesting to see what the Bears’ offense looks like this season. They missed the playoffs last season and some major changes could be coming if they do the same in 2020. Ridley is hoping to be part of the fix.
Expect to hear more about the Bears’ wide receiver position with the season coming up quickly. Riley Ridley is definitely a name to keep an eye on this year.