Calvin Ridley shrugs at concerns about his size

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He’s listed at six-feet, one-inch and 190 pounds. As today’s NFL receivers go, that makes him a little small. Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley has heard those concerns, and he doesn’t buy it.

“Man, I’m a football player,” Ridley said in a visit to PFT Live. “I got the film. Youk know, I get the job done. I played with the best. I beat the best. You know, I’m ready. That’s what I say. And I don’t think about it, I just keep working. I think about it when I’m working. I think, you know, I’m going to take advantage of my opportunity.”

Ridley definitely keeps working. Asked what he does during the busy pre-draft process to get away from football, the short answer is this: Nothing.

“To tell you the truth I just keep working,” Ridley said. “No days off. If I take days off I’m going to get behind. I can’t get behind. I just keep working. Actually, I feel better when I do that.” 

The #nodaysoff vibe may explain why Ridley had a visit with the Patriots. Ridley said he also visited with the Bears, Titans, Panthers, and Cowboys.

Very soon, one of those five teams (or maybe one of the other 27) will be drafting Ridley, bringing to town the work ethic that has carried him this far, along with the chip that he has on his shoulder from not being as big as today’s prototypical receivers are.

23 responses to “Calvin Ridley shrugs at concerns about his size

  1. “No days off.”
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    Hopefully that’s code for “I’m going to be a Patriot.” Ridley would be like a super duper Dion Branch. Not just a super Dion, a super duper Dion. There is a difference. It’d be great to have stability for the next 5 years vs the revolving roulette of options we have grown accustom to over the BB/TB12 era.

  2. He’s taller than some of the best WRs in the league. We’ll see what he can do in August.

  3. aj66shanghai says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:14 am
    What a dumb thing. Steve Smith’s cleats are still warm, and we’re talking about a 6+ foot guy as being too small? Fake news bro
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    It’s not the height Mike Florio is talking about, It’s Ridley’s weight. At 6-1, 190 he’s a little on the thin side… which brings up the question of durability. NFL players are bigger & faster than what he’s used to being hit by.

  4. The size factor is not due to his height but rather his weight and frame. As an X he will struggle initially to get off the line against most nfl caliber cbs. He can add strength and will absolutely need to add weight, in order to help with the hand fighting that goes on at the line. He would a really good fit as a z, playing off the line and giving him a better chance to get into his route–that would however, push him down to a #2 on the depth chart.

  5. He’s a tough nut to crack because their QB was such a bad thrower (and I say this as a Bama fan). It’s hard to know what he can do in a legit passing offense cause we never saw him play in one until the 2nd half of the National Championship game.

  6. Jack Ham. HOF LB’r. 6’1″, 215. Wiki has him at 225 but it was 215. The size of these kids is insane, when 6’1″, 190 is small. Size of the heart in the dog, regardless of era, anyway.

  7. DJ Chark Lsu Tigers wide receiver he ran 4.21 hes 6’4″ 220 lbs and lined up in a 3 point stance at times as an inline blocker. nobody would choose ridley over that savage.

  8. I don’t think the height is as much of a concern as the weight. He will have to get thicker to take that NFL punishment most likely. Will putting on more weight bring down his game? Dunno but it has for some.

  9. EJ says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:15 am
    aj66shanghai says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:14 am
    What a dumb thing. Steve Smith’s cleats are still warm, and we’re talking about a 6+ foot guy as being too small? Fake news bro
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    It’s not the height Mike Florio is talking about, It’s Ridley’s weight. At 6-1, 190 he’s a little on the thin side… which brings up the question of durability. NFL players are bigger & faster than what he’s used to being hit by.

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    Fair point, I should have read more carefully

  10. DJ Chark Lsu Tigers wide receiver he ran 4.21 hes 6’4″ 220 lbs and lined up in a 3 point stance at times as an inline blocker. nobody would choose ridley over that savage.

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    Nothing against DJ Chark, I haven’t really watched tape on either of these guys but there are other things besides measurables….route running, hands, work ethic, fast learner etc. Some players are just more pro-ready than others.

  11. I’d take the combo or Antonio Brown (5’10/186lbs.) and Brandon Cook (5’10″/185 lbs.) any day of the week and twice on Sundays, Monday Nights, Thursday Nights and Saturdays late in the season!

  12. I think it has more to do with him being 185 pounds bro

    aj66shanghai says:
    April 25, 2018 at 8:14 am
    What a dumb thing. Steve Smith’s cleats are still warm, and we’re talking about a 6+ foot guy as being too small? Fake news bro

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    April 25, 2018 at 9:34 am
    Once again, Patriots fans thinking EVERYONE is going to New England.

    It’s a running gag at this point.
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    Sorry I didn’t see the memo that Patriots fans were not allowed to have off season optimism. Can you point me in the direction of the new rules so that I may comply in the future?

  14. Dude is smooth as glass. Great Route Runner, great separator, great Hands. Imagine if he fell to New Orleans or Atlanta, playing inside with Drew Brees or Matty Nice?

  15. The issue is that he is thin. Steve Smith was short but built like a RB and strong.

    Antonio Brown is not strong but he has elite quickness and agility that gets him separation.

    The problem with Ridley is his combine numbers are awful. He ran a decent 40 but his vertical and broad jump and shuttle were really bad. This means he may struggle with separation in the NFL. If you can’t separate then you better be strong enough to muscle the ball away and win 50/50 balls.

    Ridley has short arms for his size too. Short arms, bad vertical, bad agility numbers, thin frame. He has real issues that could hurt him in the NFL.

  16. He missed one game in three years, playing against SEC defenses, Florida State, Clemson. He will be fine.

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