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Film study: What’s going on with Bears WR Riley Ridley?

The 2019 fourth-round pick has seen very little playing time with the Bears. What’s the reason behind that?

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When the Bears selected Riley Ridley in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, many saw him as a potential Day 3 steal.

The Georgia wide receiver was widely expected to be a Day 2 pick and had been praised throughout online draft circles. Once the Bears took him with the No. 126 overall pick, it seemed like they had a potential contributor on their hands.

Fast forward two years, though, and Ridley finds himself battling for a roster spot.

It’s not like Ridley has had much of a chance to prove himself; he has only played in 10 games and seen 11 passes go his way. However, the question remains whether his lack of playing time stems from poor play, or if it is simply a result of misuse by the Bears’ coaching staff.

Though it may be difficult for outsiders to determine that answer completely, I recently took a look at how Ridley has performed in spurts for the Bears by his receiving reps for the 2020 season.

Check out my breakdown of one of the team’s most enigmatic players, and let us know in the comments below whether you agree with my verdict or not.