Chicago Bears who need to step up vs. Bills: WR Riley Ridley
In contrast the to the previously-mentioned Adams, Riley Ridley has been trending downward almost since the day he was drafted. As odd as it’s been to see the Bears hardly use him, one has to wonder if Mike Furrey is less and less impressed with Ridley’s ability to pick up the pro game.
At one point, Ridley was looked at as one of the very best route runners in his class. It’s for that reason why the Bears were said to have stolen him in the fourth round two years ago. But, since being drafted, Ridley has not planned out according to plan.
The Bears haven’t given Ridley more than a snippet of playing time in his young career, and at this stage, it looks more like he’s in danger of being cut than the likelihood of him sticking around. If Adams outshines Ridley on Saturday, it’s going to be very hard for coaches to want to keep the former Georgia Bulldog on this roster.
Ridley needs both playing time and a strong performance against Buffalo if he wants to have a shot at sticking on this roster. If he doesn’t, we may be looking at another questionable draft pick by Ryan Pace.