Bears tab Ridley to supplement receiving corps

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Ridley is known as a smooth route runner and acrobatic hands catcher.

The Chicago Bears added more offensive firepower to their arsenal with the drafting of Georgia wide receiver Riley Ridley in the fourth round of the NFL Draft Saturday. Ridley is the younger brother of Calvin Ridley of the Atlanta Falcons, a first-round pick last year who played at Alabama.

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The Bears hope the Ridley genes continue to prosper in professional football. Although not the prospect his younger brother was, Riley possesses many of the same qualities scouts look for in a quality wideout…good route-runner, solid hands, and the ability to win contested balls thrown in his direction. His 40-yard dash speed at the NFL scouting combine of 4.58 is considered ordinary, but Ridley plays faster than he times and is crafty enough to create separation.

An early entrant to the draft, Ridley sometimes got lost in the wealth of Georgia’s offensive playmakers. Over his three-year career in Athens, he caught 69 passes for 1,015 yards and 13 touchdowns in 28 games. In 2018, Ridley posted career bests with 14 games played, 43 catches, 559 yards and nine TDs. His big-game experience in the Southeastern Conference should be a definite plus as the Bears try to take the next step in their development as a perennial playoff contender.

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