Bears assistant expecting significant 'growth' from former Georgia WR Riley Ridley in Year 2
Last fall, some Georgia fans may have questioned Riley Ridley’s decision to go pro instead of staying at UGA for a senior season.
While some wide receivers make instant impacts as rookies, Ridley’s first year in the NFL was closer to the pro equivalent of a “redshirt” season. A fourth-round draft pick by the Chicago Bears, Ridley was on the team’s active roster for just 5 games in 2019. In those 5 games, he was targeted 7 times and made the most of those targets, notching 6 catches for 69 yards. Single-digit receptions for double-digit yardage aren’t exactly the numbers that create a lot of preseason buzz, but Ridley’s position coach believes the former Bulldog is about to take a big step forward in Year 2.
“The one thing I’m really excited about right now, I think the biggest growth we’re going to see with anybody in our room is going to be Riley Ridley,” Bears wide receivers coach Mike Furrey recently told reporters, per Collen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. “His preparation, his attitude, his desire, 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.”
Ridley will hopefully get a chance to display that “growth” in about a month. The Bears are looking to open training camp in late July.