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Da Saturday Scout: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

| November 25th, 2017

Player: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

Game: at Auburn (#6), 2:30 PM CT


Touchdown!


What They’re Saying

Albert Breer talks to a lot of scouts and projects Ridley 16th to the Baltimore Ravens. His explanation:

Baltimore’s still chasing some of its mistakes at receiver, so they take a guy who’s a pretty sure thing from a program they know well.

From Charlie Campbell at Walter Football:

In surveying sources from five teams, the most common name that came up as the top receiver was Ridley. The talented junior gets a lot of praise for his route-running, quickness, and generally having good hands. Ridley has 41 catches for 523 yards with two touchdowns on the season, but his production is held back by Alabama featuring its ground attack while using a running quarterback with passing limitations. Though Ridley is the top consensus wide out, he doesn’t come without some concerns as multiple sources say independently that his thin frame worries them for the NFL. He is listed at 190 pounds, but team sources say that he has weighed-in in the 180s. With that being one factor, some scouts have said they are grading Ridley as a late first-rounder. He could end up going high out of team need at his premium position, however.

Luke Easterling at USA Today profiled a recent Ridley performance:

When Alabama needed a big play to avoid being yet another top-five team to fall victim to an upset, they wisely turned to their most explosive playmaker to bail them out.

And that’s exactly what Calvin Ridley did all night long.

Ridley hadn’t eclipsed 100 yards in a game yet this season, but needed just five receptions to rip off 171 yards in the Crimson Tide’s 31-24 road win over Mississippi State on Saturday night, averaging 34.2 yards per reception.


I Think

  • Ridley is not going to blow people away with his measurables. He’s not huge and he’s not a burner. He’s a steady, productive wide receiver at college football’s most elite program.
  • I never know what to do with these Alabama players. Everyone thought Amari Cooper would be one of the best receivers in the NFL and he’s about the third best wide receiver on the Raiders currently. What I like about Ridley’s production at Alabama is he does it with limited opportunities in a run-heavy offense.
  • If Ridley adds about 10-15 pounds, he could be Anquan Boldin in the NFL. Great hands. Great in traffic. Fearless.

Why Watch This Week

Because the entire sports world will be watching so why wouldn’t you? Every game Alabama plays is a big game but this Iron Bowl, at Auburn, with the playoffs on the line, will be the most exciting atmosphere in college football all season long. Will be interesting to watch Ridley under these lights.

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  • Emmio Maribone

    We don’t need no stinkin wide receivers!

    • CanadaBear

      Some non-stinky ones would be nice!

      • Emmio Maribone

        Hee hee

  • CanadaBear

    Final injury report.

    Chicago Bears final injury report vs. Eagles: DOUBTFUL — WR Josh
    Bellamy (concussion), DE Roy Robertson-Harris (hamstring), ILB Danny
    Trevathan (calf), S DeAndre Houston-Carson (ankle). QUESTIONABLE — QB
    Mark Sanchez (illness), OLB Pernell McPhee (knee), CB Bryce Callahan
    (knee), OL Tom Compton (ankle), OG Kyle Long (ankle), DL Akiem Hicks
    (knee), WR Dontrelle Inman (groin), TE Dion Sims (illness) and DL Mitch
    Unrein (knee).

    • willbest

      Mitch is going to need to score 35 points with Danny out.

      • CanadaBear

        The OLB’s are really going to miss Floyd. Hope the new guys step up. You know McPhee will play too many snaps and be ineffective.

      • SC Dave

        Mitch won’t score 35. But maybe the team will

  • CanadaBear

    ST’s will take a hit with Bellamy out. DT being out will be a killer. Tomorrow has the makings of a loooooong game.

    • willbest

      We have McMannis. If both were out it you might as well just pencil the Eagles in for a return TD

    • SC Dave

      They’re all 60 minutes, Canada

  • leftcoastdave

    “Jeffery also has only caught 47.5 percent of his targets, which is dead last among players with his number of targets.”

    Good article on AJ and why it is good he is gone.

    • willbest

      They weren’t falling out of his hands though. I have watched 3 Eagles games this year, and most of his missed targets were uncatchable balls. I don’t know if it was a miscommunication with Wentz, sloppy route running, or if Wentz is just throwing it away in his area. But its not because he all of a sudden has bellamy hands.

      • CanadaBear

        I’m guessing in the last 6 weeks of the season Alshon and Wentz will continue to improve their chemistry with Alshon ending up with double digit TD’s. I won’t be even remotely surprised if he gets a couple tomorrow.

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          it’s about that time of year that he starts complaining about a hamstring or an ankle or a swollen PED injection site.

          • CanadaBear

            Maybe having a really good QB will keep him healthier. With Cutler, most of the passes he caught he had to stop and jump for them, come back for them, reach behind him, etc. All this leads to the DB catching up and laying a lick on him. Catching passes in stride is better for your health (unless the QB leads you into a huge hit).

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            not sure he has a really good QB if only 47.5% of his targets are catchable….

          • CanadaBear

            Everything I’ve read they have really been getting it together the last couple of weeks. See Wil’s response to some of the inaccuracy.

          • BerwynBomber

            Yeah, Wentz isn’t that good.

            But Cutler? Now THERE was a QB.

      • BerwynBomber

        Few games I watched he also dropped a fair share. That was one of the reasons a couple of us speculated that PHI would have no interest in him after this year.

        But as CB indicates, looks like AJ has been pulling it together the last few games.

        Btw, I still don’t think PHI will offer him much of a deal after this year.

      • Alshon was known to run lazy routes. That’s part of the reason nobody wanted to pay him.
        It used to drive Jim Miller crazy in his post games.

        • SC Dave

          Alshon was accused by Miller of running lazy routes, anyway.

          • He was ACCUSED by the ENTIRE NFL.

            That’s why he got the same deal as converted primadonna QB, SC. (Pryor)

            C’mon now.

            Good for the goose, good for the Gander (see Cutler)

    • beninnorcal

      I would still take him back

  • fishing florida

    looks like 40-14 eagles.

    • CanadaBear

      I’d like to argue with ya but I can’t think of any scenario where the Beloved win or keep it close.

      • beninnorcal

        Maybe a scenario in which someone is able to infiltrate the Philly sideline and sneak a bunch of Turbolax into their gatorade while everyone’s distracted during the national anthem.
        That’s just one possible scenario that would make this game competitive and explosively interesting.

        • CanadaBear

          Gotta love that!

        • Predict Pic Six

          You win the fuckin internet today
          Close the thread

      • Only hope is if the Eagles come out like zombies , turn overs, sloppy penalties, and Bears establish Howard early, ripping off chunk runs gobbling TOP.

        Even then, Eagles will half time adjust and blow them out later while Fox twiddles thumbs

        • willbest

          we have no hope because even if something crazy happens and we end up 2 TDs, Fox isn’t going to step on their throats. He is going to let them back into the game over the next 10-15 minutes of play through his prevent D and 3 run punt offense.

        • EnderWiggin

          I like Howard as much as the next guy, but it seems like ‘chunks’ come only after he touches the ball 15-20 times. Probably a tired Defense thing.

      • fishing florida

        too bad. i was close. didn’t bother to see the replay of the game in the evening.

  • BerwynBomber

    Michigan will most likely gag this 14-0 lead as the usually do against the Buckeyes in the Harbaugh era.

    Why they wouldn’t put a full-time S spy on Barrett the whole game is beyond me. Never let a sketchy passing QB with excellent mobility beat you with his legs.

    • SC Dave

      Sho’ ’nuff

  • BerwynBomber

    I could see us keeping this one close.

    As someone mentioned the other day, one trademark of the Fox teams is that we usually play up and down to the level of competition and then lose 3/4 of the time.

    And it would seem Wentz and the PHI O is due for a mortal day.

    PHI 24 Bears 20

    • That would be me who said that.
      Fox wants to win ugly. And i would be ok w that if they, ya know, actually win.
      If Floyd and Callahan were in, i think we could keep it close. Esp Floyd who can hunt down Wentz when he runs.
      But w out them, be rough.
      McPhee is also limping around.
      And we all know the story w the ILBs.
      I think the Eagles are gonna attack them and LeBlanc

      I see a big day for Agholor and Ertz.

      I’m more curious if our O will continue to open up or revert back to cuck ball.

      Either way I’m sitting Howard in FF.
      I think this will be a Cohen-benny-Sasheen game

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  • willbest

    What a nice day to finish getting the leaves off the yard, mucking the gutters, and putting up Christmas lights. After December in October I was worried I would be battling frostbite this year.

    • I’m gonna start chopping the palm tree stump in a bit myself. Catching a lil bit of Harbs v Myers b4 axe time

    • AlbertInTucson

      Pushing 90 again here today.

      Put the outside decorations up yesterday, then had to take a quick swim.

  • BerwynBomber

    Berwyn’s one below-the-radar name for an HC candidate.

    Kevin Stefanski QB coach MIN. He’s 35 and has also been an HC assistant to Zimmer and has also coached their TEs and RBs.

    Admission: I’m dubious of the O coaches attached to one-man band guys like Rodgers or Wilson. QB “guru” Mike McCarthy suddenly looks an inferior QB coach when Rodgers isn’t around. And the O side of his coaching tree (Philbin and McAdoo) hasn’t looked so hot w/out Rodgers either.

    But a young guy who has been involved with squeezing the most out of the likes of Bridgewater, Bradford and Keenum? Yeah, I’d give him a look.

    This is why people like Gase. Squeezed a competent, mistake-limiting year out of Cutler and then went 10-6 w/ a combination of Tannenhill and Matt Moore.

    Is Stefanski the next McVay? Odds are doubtful, but like McVay, he has been involved in making QBs arguably play better than their skill sets or history would indicate. Remember, McVay turned Cousins into a top 10 efficiency guy during his stint as the WAS OC.

    Anyway, just a name. And maybe Stafanksi will have to cut his teeth first on an OC job, but I’d talk to him if nothing else.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Ridley dropped one vs. Auburn on 3rd down he should have had.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      stone hands, better not draft him. WE DO NOT ACCEPT FAILURE!!!!

      • SC Dave

        Wait….

        • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

          for what?

          • SC Dave

            You have to ask? OF COURSE WE ACCEPT FAILURE.

            Near permanently, it seems.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            I was just trolling BearDown a little.

          • Just the tip

          • willbest

            why would you slob his knob?

      • No metal rods

  • SC Dave

    Harbaugh loses again. Good.

    But not as good as Auburn beating Alabama.

    • BerwynBomber

      Has Harbaugh notched a single, big win while at Michigan? Beginning to wonder if he lost his fastball as an HC.

      Yeah, I get that his program needs a QB, but this is a guy who once made Kap look like Cam Newton. He can’t make one of the three guys at UM look a little better?

      He’s been solid at Michigan but don’t know if anything more than that.

      • AlbertInTucson

        He is 0-3 vs OSU and 1-2 vs. MSU.

        17-3 vs everybody else.

        (ESPN)

  • SC Dave

    So, Mayfield… pro stud or no?

    • BerwynBomber

      Mid-round guy, I would think. Seems ideal for a team looking for a young development guy, but less so for a team looking for an immediate 1st round franchise guy.

      I like Mayfield. His two best traits? He works well in chaos. And he’s a gamer. Neither of those things can be taught. Concerns: height, arm strength and off-field issues. Those will be tested and combed over at the combine. As an example, scouts and teams will want to verify his launch point is no worse than average (because of his height).

      Not a fit for the Bears or DET because of Bisky’s and Stafford’s ages. But I could see him working for either GB’s or MIN’s long-term plans. Hell, he might compete for the job in a year or two with MIN.

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  • AlbertInTucson

    From the “Tomorrow Is Promised To No One” file:

    John Thierry, the Bears #1 pick in 1994 (11th overall), gone at 46.

    Heart attack.

  • AlbertInTucson

    New tread.

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