Calvin Ridley

Calvin Ridley

29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Tennessee Titans
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Ridley came back from his year-and-a-half absence and proved he can still play, though his lone season with the Jaguars wasn't necessarily a success. He scored eight TDs and had a handful of close-call misses in the end zone, but teammate Christian Kirk was otherwise more productive before suffering a season-ending injury Week 13, and Ridley barely snuck over 1,000 yards in 17 games while finishing with a career-low 55.9 percent catch rate. The Titans, led by new coach Brian Callahan, apparently believe the 2018 first-round pick can get back toward his 1,374-yard peak from 2020 in Atlanta, having signed Ridley to a four-year, $92 million contract with 51 percent of the money guaranteed at signing. There were certainly signs of the old Ridley last year, though his volume was disappointing when Kirk was healthy (6.9 targets per game) and his efficiency then plummeted from 8.7 YPT to 5.9 when he got far more volume (10.0 targets) in Kirk's absence the final six games. His comments after signing suggest Ridley expects to move around the formation more often this year, which could be especially helpful given that he's thin (6-1, 190) and managed just 5.9 YPT against press coverage last year. On the other hand, a move to Tennessee means uncertainty at QB with second-year pro Will Levis and major target competition from WRs DeAndre Hopkins and Tyler Boyd. It's not clear a 29-year-old Ridley is better than a 32-year-old Hopkins, though the latter's presence should at least free up the former to focus on his strengths and take fewer reps against top cornerbacks using press coverage. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $92 million contract with the Titans in March of 2024.
May be used like Ja'Marr Chase
WRTennessee Titans
March 26, 2024
Titans head coach Brian Callahan told Kevin Clark of ESPN on Tuesday that he envisions Ridley's role as being "very similar" to the one Ja'Marr Chase has filled for the Bengals.
ANALYSIS
Chase is bigger, stronger and probably also faster, not to mention he has Joe Burrow throwing him the ball rather than Will Levis. Still, it's promising that Callahan -- the former offensive coordinator in Cincinnati -- hopes to have Ridley mimic Chase's usage, as the 2021 fifth overall pick got a lot of easy receptions the past two years, including 35 targets behind the line of scrimmage in 2023 (tied for second most among WRs). Ridley saw eight passes behind the line last season in Jacksonville and got only 22 percent of his targets between the numbers, whereas Chase drew 44 percent of his looks in the middle part of the field. The Titans do have other solid options for screens and quick passes, however, with Ridley joined by DeAndre Hopkins and Treylon Burks at wide receiver, tight end Chigoziem Okonkwo and running backs Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard.
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This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
103.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.87
 
% Team Air Yards
37.2%
 
% Team Targets
22.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
12.9 Yds
 
Catch Rate
55.9%
 
Drop Rate
5.9%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
2.8
 
% Targeted On Route
21.8%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.63
 
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How do Calvin Ridley's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
190 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.43 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.41 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.88 sec
 
Vertical Jump
31.0 in
 
Broad Jump
110 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Standing out in OTAs
WRTennessee Titans
June 1, 2024
In his weekend mailbag, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site relays that Ridley has been the standout player for Tennessee during OTAs.
ANALYSIS
Wyatt noted that the 29-year-old wide receiver has looked smooth in his route running and explosive off the line of scrimmage. After recording 76 catches on 136 targets for 1,016 yards and eight touchdowns last season with the Jaguars, Ridley signed a four-year, $92 million contract with the Titans in March. He will lead a talented Titans wide receiver corps that includes DeAndre Hopkins, Tyler Boyd and 2022 first-round pick Treylon Burks.
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Last seen in October 2021, Ridley has a few things working in his favor as he tries to rebound from some mental health struggles and a year-long gambling suspension. A change of scenery could help, especially when his new home features pass-loving coach Doug Pederson and talented young quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jags also have target competition in the form of WRs Christian Kirk, Zay Jones and TE Evan Engram, but none has shown anywhere near the type of talent Ridley displayed in 2020 when he put up 1,374 yards and nine TDs in 15 games for the Falcons. An offense that found 202 combined targets last season for Zay Jones and Marvin Jones (now in Detroit) shouldn't have any trouble getting Ridley well into triple digits if he's still the same player from 2020 and early 2021. Of course, that's no guarantee, as results have been mixed with players who have long layoffs from the game, even those in their physical primes (Ridley turns 29 in December).
The NFL suspended Ridley this offseason for the entire 2022 campaign for betting on NFL games during his hiatus from the team last season. The talented wideout opted not to appeal the suspension and will be eligible for reinstatement Feb. 15, 2023.
Heading into 2020, Ridley had more or less lived up to his first-round pedigree, but last season constituted a full breakout. Despite missing a game, Ridley finished tied for fifth in yards, sixth in YPT (9.6), first in 100-yard games (8) and scored nine times. He also led all receivers in aDOT (14.6) and air yards (2,067), i.e., Ridley’s 143 targets were not of the dink-and-dunk variety. Unsurprisingly, he tied Justin Jefferson for the league lead in 20-yard catches with 23. At 6-1, 190, and with 4.43 speed, Ridley is a good athlete, but no physical freak. He relies on quickness, route running, versatility — lining up in the slot or outside — and his rapport with Matt Ryan. And now, with Julio Jones out of the picture, Ridley is one of the favorites to lead the league in targets. He topped 100 yards in five of the seven games Jones missed last year, averaging a whopping 11.3 targets (Davante Adams led the NFL with 10.6 per game). New HC Arthur Smith hopes to have a balanced offense where that type of target volume is far-fetched, but Smith faces an uphill battle in Year 1 with Mike Davis as his projected lead back, and he also built the offense in which Ryan Tannehill tossed 55 TDs against 12 INTs in 26 starts the last two years. The Ryan-to-Ridley connection should stay hot, at least for one more season. Ridley had minor foot surgery in June but is expected to be ready for training camp.
The 26th selection in the 2018 draft, Ridley picked up last season where he left off as a rookie, only with more efficiency, before missing the season's last three games with an abdominal injury. He bumped his YPC and and YPT marks to 13.7 and 9.3, respectively, and scored seven times, despite seeing only seven red-zone targets all year. Ridley didn't make many big plays - only 12 catches of 20-plus yards and none for more than 40 - but he also showed improved focus (only three drops) and put up better numbers after Mohamed Sanu was traded and Austin Hooper got hurt. At 6-1, 190, Ridley has only average size, and his 4.43 40 speed is above average but nothing special for a player of his frame. Ridley's also a good route runner, capable of lining up in the slot or outside. With Hooper now in Cleveland, Ridley is the clear No. 2 option after 31-year Julio Jones, playing in a pass-friendly system with the capable Matt Ryan at quarterback. A healthy Jones limits Ridley's ceiling, but the passing-game tree is narrow, giving him a strong floor.
Taken with the 26th overall pick last year, Ridley had a promising rookie season with 10 scores (T-6th), 8.9 YPT and four catches of 40-plus yards on only 92 targets. Ordinarily, that kind of debut would portend big things in Year 2. But six of Ridley's TDs came in Weeks 2-4 - he had only four scores from Week 5 until the end of the year. Moreover, Ridley's focus was suspect at times as he dropped nine passes, nearly 10 percent of his total looks. Finally, the once red-zone-challenged Julio Jones went on a TD-scoring tear in the second half, and Jones isn't going anywhere as the team's target hog and first look near the goal line. At 6-1, 190, Ridley has average size and good speed (4.43 40). He's a polished route runner and versatile enough to line up outside or in the slot. And while Jones' presence limits his target and production ceiling, there's a nice floor with a stable QB situation, modest contributions from the TE in the passing game and only 30-year-old Mohamed Sanu competing for the non-Jones portion of the wideout opportunities.
Taken with the 26th overall pick, Ridley finds himself in a nearly ideal landing spot. The Falcons have a high-end QB in his prime and a playmaking void opposite an aging Julio Jones at receiver. Mohamed Sanu is a decent possession option, but he's slow and had only one 40-yard catch over the last two years. Enter Ridley, a polished route runner and accomplished college receiver who runs a 4.43 40 and has enough quickness to line up in the slot. At 6-1, 190, Ridley isn't especially stout, and he's already 23, so his ceiling might not be as high as some of the younger players in his class. But he should see targets out of the gate and has a good chance to be the team's No. 2 option before long.
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Lands in Tennessee
WRTennessee Titans
March 13, 2024
Ridley agreed to terms Wednesday with the Titans on a four-year, $92 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Deciding between Jags and Pats
WRJacksonville Jaguars
March 12, 2024
Ridley's current contract negotiations have narrowed down to the Jaguars and Patriots as two potential landing spots, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Not ruled out for Jags
WRJacksonville Jaguars
March 11, 2024
The Jaguars hope to re-sign Ridley despite reaching an agreement with fellow wide receiver Gabe Davis on Monday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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May stay in Jacksonville
WRJacksonville Jaguars
February 19, 2024
The Jaguars are expected to make a strong push to re-sign Ridley, who can become an unrestricted free agent in March, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Big performance in Week 18 loss
WRJacksonville Jaguars
January 7, 2024
Ridley recorded six receptions on 10 targets for 106 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Titans.
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