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Wow, Pace must really like the kid to draft him with the WR depth we already have. Nagy will have little excuses if he can’t move the offense into the top half or even the top ten with all the help Pace is giving him.

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Already proud to be part of one football family, Bears fourth-round draft pick Riley Ridley is ecstatic about joining another in Chicago.

The receiver from Georgia, who is the younger brother of Falcons wideout Calvin Ridley, felt right at home during a pre-draft visit to Halas Hall.

“They want to treat it like you’re a family when you’re in Chicago with the Bears organization,” Ridley said during a conference call with reporters. “When I got there, that’s exactly how I felt. They treated me the right way.”

Ridley saw several familiar faces during his visit to Halas Hall. He played at Georgia with linebacker Roquan Smith and receiver Javon Wims—who were drafted in the first and seventh rounds last year, respectively—and also knows safety Eddie Jackson, who played with Calvin Ridley at Alabama.

Riley has remained especially close with Wims.

“Javon is my guy,” Ridley said. “I love him to death. The thing he told me about Chicago was that it’s home, but it’s work. Whenever you come here, you’ve got to be about business. You’ve got to be able to work, and you have fun. I can’t wait to get into those meeting rooms and see my guy and just get to work.”

During his pre-draft visit, Ridley met with Bears general manager Ryan Pace, coach Matt Nagy and receivers coach Mike Furrey, a former NFL player who apparently made quite an impression on the 21-year-old prospect.

“I sat down with him and I realized this is one of the coolest coaches I’ve ever met in my life,” Ridley said. “He was letting me know I could be on this team and I can be all-in and be able to find a chance to fight for a spot.”

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“It’s extremely incredible what the feeling is in my household right now,” Ridley said. “My brother is extremely happy. It’s incredible to see a smile on his face. My mom, I mean at this point right now, just to have two boys into the NFL, it’s incredible.”

Riley said that Calvin had good things to say about the Bears.

“He said you’re in the best organization that there could be,” Riley said. “He really believes that I can have a chance to go in and work my tail off and be able to be in the starting lineup or even a type of role on the team, and for me that’s what it’s all about, going in and just busting my tail and working as hard as I can for the organization.”

https://www.chicagobears.com/news/ridley-appreciates-bears-family-atmosphere

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Is Ridley the guy to take the defense down field....haven't seen what his 40 yard time was.

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Many considered Miller the most polished/best route runner in the draft. They are saying the same thing this year about Ridley. Wouldn’t it be something if he has the same success as Miller has. This offense is really stacking up to be scary.

 

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If this kid is half as good as his brother, Bears got a good deal.

His report is he is not fast, but runs very good routes and get open.  Has great hands and balance. His body control is excellent.

Good add to the WR room, but may signal then end for Wims and definitely Gentry. He may very well push for Gabriels spot, especially if Miller takes another step with a healthy shoulder!

Bears might start looking like an Air-Raid offense this year.

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What will the future bring? We shall see, won't we!

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The Shadow wrote:

If this kid is half as good as his brother, Bears got a good deal.

His report is he is not fast, but runs very good routes and get open.  Has great hands and balance. His body control is excellent.

Good add to the WR room, but may signal then end for Wims and definitely Gentry. He may very well push for Gabriels spot, especially if Miller takes another step with a healthy shoulder!

Bears might start looking like an Air-Raid offense this year.

Greatest show on Grass!

Yeh, I got a feeling Gentry is going to be the odd man out......... there are a couple more guys on the UDFA list that can likely beat him out too.  Pace has done a good job of stacking WRs.  That room is really deep now.

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Butkus never wore an earring

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Could you imagine a WR that was able to combine Johnson’s slippery moves with TO physicality? Hell, while we are at it, let’s add Moss’s speed.

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After further reveiw of last seasons games, Gabriel may have the most to fear from the young WRs on this team. Though Gabriel played well last season, he was over shadowed by a gimpy Miller. Miller will push Gabriel out of the WR2 position this year. Wims played in relief of an injured Gasbriel in Week 17 against the Vikings and had a very good game. SO I am not so sure Wims is in danger of losing his roster spot. Then we see the rookie Ridley come in and if he is as advertised we may see an even farther slide for Gabriel.

WR1 Robinson

WR2 Miller

WR3/Slot Ridley/Gabriel

WR5 Patterson

WR6 Wims

As Patterson is more of a return specialist and gimmick player, I put him 5th on the depth chart, but he might even be 6th or 7th. Depends on the performance of all the other WRs on this team. Special teams will most likely be the decider in many of these cases. Pace has said they may keep more than 6 WRs on the roster. But this could also just be more Pace misdirection, i.e. smokescreen....

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The Chicago Bears weren’t pegged as a team searching for wide receiver help in the run-up to the 2019 NFL draft, but when former Georgia standout Riley Ridley slipped to the fourth round, GM Ryan Pace couldn’t resist.

Ridley was the highest-rated player on the Bears’ draft board, and value trumped need at that point.

It was a pick that’s been met with almost unanimous praise, and according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, was one of the best value selections of the entire draft.

Jeremiah had Ridley ranked 42nd on his big board, a difference of 84 slots in Chicago’s favor. It was the third biggest gap between Jeremiah’s wide receiver rankings and what actually happened on draft weekend, a good cautionary tale to be careful putting too much weight into the pre-draft hype (or lack thereof) surrounding certain prospects.

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https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/11/riley-ridley-chicago-bears-2019-nfl-draft-daniel-jeremiah-value-pick/

Maybe we will see a Jackson level steal?! 

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Calbrooks wrote:

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The Chicago Bears weren’t pegged as a team searching for wide receiver help in the run-up to the 2019 NFL draft, but when former Georgia standout Riley Ridley slipped to the fourth round, GM Ryan Pace couldn’t resist.

Ridley was the highest-rated player on the Bears’ draft board, and value trumped need at that point.

It was a pick that’s been met with almost unanimous praise, and according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, was one of the best value selections of the entire draft.

Jeremiah had Ridley ranked 42nd on his big board, a difference of 84 slots in Chicago’s favor. It was the third biggest gap between Jeremiah’s wide receiver rankings and what actually happened on draft weekend, a good cautionary tale to be careful putting too much weight into the pre-draft hype (or lack thereof) surrounding certain prospects.

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https://bearswire.usatoday.com/2019/05/11/riley-ridley-chicago-bears-2019-nfl-draft-daniel-jeremiah-value-pick/

Maybe we will see a Jackson level steal?! 

Even if Ridley only ever makes it to WR4 on the depth chart, he will still most likely be concidered a steal. Personally, I see a depth chart of young receivers who will be the future for the Bears in that WR room.

I am fired up! Fire up the Air Raid Sirens, the Air Raid is coming!

What will the future bring? We shall see, won't we!

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