Calvin Ridley feeling optimistic about his return to the NFL
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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley is confident in his abilities as he returns from a year-long suspension for gambling.
Ridley played for Alabama from 2015 to 2017 before being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He was suspended through the 2022 football season. The Florida native discussed his return to football in a recent press conference.
“If I’m being real if I’m being honest, I’ve been good at football all my life. I’m trying to be humble, like I said I’ve been good at football. I’ve not only been good, I also worked to be good,” said Ridley. “They say two years off, but what about the healing process that I got with that time off, what if I got faster? What if I got stronger? Obviously, I got wiser. Why can’t I be better? Obviously, two years off I gotta go through the leg tightness, I gotta go through the crap but I mean I see myself being a good player.”
"What if I got faster? What if I got stronger? Obviously, I got wiser. Why can't I be better?"
– @CalvinRidley1 on his time away from football pic.twitter.com/ZYL1Ech0Xo
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) April 19, 2023
Ridley was traded to Jacksonville back in November after playing four seasons on the Atlanta Falcons, amassing over 3,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. The Jaguars gave up a 2023 fifth-round and conditional 2024 fourth-round pick to add to their already explosive offense, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence has already mentioned how excited he is to have Ridley on the team.