Calvin Ridley Sep 26, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley (18) carries the ball during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Last year the NFL suspended wide receiver Calvin Ridley for the season for violating the NFL’s gambling policy.

But here is where the story gets interesting, according to Ridley, he found out about his suspension when he was at his mother’s house. Once he was reinstated he thought it was only right, to drive back to her house and give her the good news in person.

Ridley was struggling mentally at the time while he was with the Atlanta Falcons and he thinks his suspension may have done him some good.

Ridley says he is ready for a comeback.

“I’m trying to be humble, [and] I’ve been pretty good at football all my life, and I not only have been good, I also worked to be good,” Ridley said Wednesday in his first interview since he was cleared to return from his suspension. “They say two years off. But what about the healing process? What if I got faster? What if I got stronger?

“Obviously I got wiser. Why can’t I be better?”

He’ll get the chance to prove it with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coming out of college, Ridley was already one of the top wideouts in the game. And his return has been greatly appreciated by Jags quarterback Trevor Lawrence who has seen a difference in Ridley.

“He’s been awesome,” Lawrence said “He’s hungry. He’s excited to be here. He’s got the right attitude. I think that’s the biggest thing that I’ve noticed. On the field he’s a freak, just the way he runs routes, how explosive he is.

“We just started, but it seems like he’s picking [the offense] up pretty quickly.”

That’s good news for Jaguar fans.

{Mia O’Brien, ESPN}

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