Chicago Bears: 4 Offensive players on the bubble heading into camp
Riley Ridley is also on the Chicago Bears roster bubble
Speaking of Riley Ridley, he too is likely on the roster bubble as the Chicago Bears approach training camp. Ridley better come out and play well throughout the month of August or he too could find himself on another team. Ridley might be worth trying to stash on the practice squad as he’s been in the league a year less than Wims and has been given fewer opportunities to see the field.
It is strange that Ridley has not seen the field more often. He obviously is not showing enough during practice to be given the opportunity to make plays on game day. Ridley was a fourth-round pick in 2019, and honestly, I thought the selection would pan out better than it has for Ryan Pace.
I never envisioned Riley Ridley becoming as good as his brother Calvin, but I thought he’d at least play more than 10% of a team’s snaps. That is the snap percentage he saw his rookie year. Last year, that number dropped to four percent. Ridley does not even contribute enough on special teams to stick around. Wims could remain on the team over Ridley because of his special teams’ contributions. He could become the next Joshua Bellamy without the off-the-field scandal.
Where Ridley stands out over Wims is his ability to perform better when given an opportunity during games. Although the sample size is small, Ridely has a 90.9% catch rate. He has caught 10 of his 11 targets for 108 yards, but he has yet to find the end zone. I am hopeful Ridley sees more opportunities, but it will be difficult unless he proves himself at training camp.