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Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky loves throwing to rookie WR Riley Ridley

Mitchell Trubisky, Bears

The Chicago Bears are entering the 2019 season with a loaded offense around Mitchell Trubisky. Among his weapons, Trubisky is enthusiastic to insert rookie Riley Ridley into the mix this year.

“I love throwing to Riley. He’s very savvy,” he said. “He’s like [Wims] a lot where he can run the whole route tree. We can put him in a lot of different spots and as a rookie and in his first year in this offense he picked up really quickly. You can tell he’s got a high football IQ. He studies a lot, he’s very competitive. He wants it really bad. And you love to see that as a quarterback.”

Chicago selected Ridley with the 126th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Ridley played his collegiate career at Georgia, where he had 43 receptions for 559 yards and nine touchdowns in 2018.

Riley is also Calvin Ridley’s brother—with Calvin having a strong showing in his rookie campaign last year. Calvin caught 64 passes for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 with the Atlanta Falcons. His 821 yards and 10 touchdowns were the most among rookie pass-catchers.

On the other hand, Riley is currently trying to prove himself worthy of having a prominent role in Matt Nagy’s offense. As mentioned before, the Bears have a multitude of deployable weapons in their offense—including Riley’s position.

Similarly to 2018, the wide receivers for the Bears will be Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel, and Anthony Miller will lead the way at wide receiver. Nonetheless, Riley is on the right track, considering he has the approval of Trubisky already.