Calvin Ridley is an interesting case study.
Ridley was suspended for the entirety of the 2022 NFL season, given that he had gambled on a few games in the past while he was injured.
However, Ridley has been since traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars, which has been met with mixed opinions across the league.
One fan, in particular, believes in Ridley for the 2023 NFL campaign, citing several examples to support his hypothesis.
Making The Case For Calvin Ridley
✅ 5-Star Prospect
✅ Elite College Performer
✅ RD1 NFL Draft Pick
✅ Proven NFL Performer
✅ Elite QB Play
✅ Pass-Happy System
✅ Top-5 Upside
✅ WR32 Price Tag
— David J. Gautieri (@GuruFantasyWrld) February 6, 2023
Ridley hasn’t played in the NFL for over a year.
Although Deshaun Watson was suspended for a different reason, his situation is similar to Ridley’s, considering he had a long hiatus from the league.
As seen in the case of Watson, he wasn’t quite able to knock off the rust in the six games he started this season and will look to improve mightily in 2023.
Ridley has been injured and hasn’t been able to practice in an NFL training facility because of his suspension.
What will Ridley look like in the Jaguars offense next season?
Trevor Lawrence took a massive step forward in 2022, leading the Jaguars to his first-ever playoff victory.
If Ridley is fully healthy, he might be a great addition to this Jaguars team, giving them another veteran presence at the wide receiver position.
The Jaguars already have Christian Kirk and Zay Jones under contract, and both are great young receivers.
However, someone like Ridley could make an immediate impact, as he could take over as the number one overall receiver, taking a bit of pressure off the plates of Kirk and Jones.NEXT: Peyton Manning Has High Praise For Trevor Lawrence