Most NFL fans probably forgot about Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Ridley entered last season as a member of the Atlanta Falcons but was suspended the entire year for violating the gambling policy.
During the season, the Jaguars made a bold move to trade for Ridley from Atlanta.
Today, that move is looking like a steal for Jacksonville.
The NFL announced that Ridley has been fully reinstated, and can begin participating in all team activities.
Calvin Ridley has been reinstated by the NFL.
He hasn’t played a game since stepping away to focus on his mental health in Oct. 2021 and being suspended for the 2022 season for wagering on games in Nov. 2021. pic.twitter.com/gHCpSd6n7m
— ESPN (@espn) March 6, 2023
Ridley has not played in over a year and a half, but the last time we saw him fully healthy he was elite.
In 2020, Ridley caught 90 passes for 1,374 yards and nine touchdowns.
Many fans are excited to see how the Jaguars’ offense plays in 2023.
Jags offense gonna be really interesting to follow next year
— ENB (@EaglesNestB) March 6, 2023
Ridley joins a pass-catching group with Christian Kirk, Evan Engram, and Zay Jones.
Also, Jacksonville made the AFC Divisional round without him.
He could be a reason they get over the top next year.
Kirk proved why he could be a reliable receiver as the. #1 that’s a deadly duo for route running and explosive combination
— Strict Willisit (@SWillisit) March 6, 2023
— UltraJagsBot (@JagsBot69) March 6, 2023
Never should have suspended him for that long in the first place. Maybe a couple of games-tops
— Jackie Falkowski (@FalkowskiJackie) March 6, 2023
— jillspecial 🥋 (@jill281999) March 6, 2023
Ridley will also be entering a contract year in Jacksonville.
He should be plenty motivated to play well and get a massive deal after missing out on all that money last year.
When looking across the landscape in the AFC, it is hard to not see the Jags as a contender.
But, the conference is loaded with good quarterbacks and teams.
Any of the Chiefs, Bengals, Bills, or Jags could make a run.
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