Bears news: Riley Ridley projected to be a 'rookie gem' for Chicago
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Bears WR Riley Ridley projected to be a ‘rookie gem’ for Chicago

Riley Ridley, Bears

The Chicago Bears have a litany of talented wide receivers on the team’s current roster. However, the surging NFC North franchise may have a “rookie gem” among the bunch in soon-to-be first-year wide receiver Riley Ridley.

“It’s that route-running ability that could make Ridley a factor for the Bears quickly,” writes Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report. “The team has a big-bodied red-zone threat in Allen Robinson. Speed over the top in Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller. But it could use a chain-moving technician underneath. When strength and need match up like this, it often portends well.”

Of course, Riley’s older brother, Calvin, currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons while the younger of the two already appears to be taking notes.

“My brother really prides himself on running routes,” Riley said. “He takes that and gives it to me and just lets me know that running routes can really help you as a receiver. It helps you gain separation and makes the catches easier. You’re more open. It makes your quarterback gain more trust in you.”

Last season, the Bears unexpectedly won the NFC North division while out-dueling the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions in what ultimately became a memorable first season for head coach Matt Nagy. While Chicago certainly won’t be able to sneak up on anyone come the 2019-20 campaign, the Bears should contend once again as the team’s young core continues to improve every day, so it seems.

As if Chicago needs yet another weapon, Ridley could serve as a significant factor in his rookie season.