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Inconsistent Ridley a headliner

Yesterday's Jerry Jeudy trade was just one in what might be a lot of wide receivers changing teams in the next few days. Diontae Johnson might be on the trade block, while Calvin Ridley will have suitors outside Jacksonville.

(The Cowboys also reportedly are allowing Michael Gallup to pursue a trade, but that's not a similar type of story -- he'll be released.)

Ridley and Johnson are the most interesting guys, with Ridley simultaneously one of the better and worst fantasy wideouts a year ago. Better because his season numbers were strong, but worst because he was one of the least reliable starters.

Last year there were 27 wideouts to go over 1,000 receiving yards. Ridley was one of them. But he had the most quiet games of those players. In more than half of his games he finished with 40 or fewer receiving yards -- 9 out of 17. None of the league's other 1,000-yard wideouts had more than 7 such games, and only three others had more than 5.

(Table compiled using the search tools at pro-football-reference.com.)

1,000-YARD WRS, GAMES UNDER 40 YARDS
PlayerTgtRecYdsAvgTD<40
Calvin Ridley, Jac.13676101613.489
George Pickens, Pitt.10663114018.157
Amari Cooper, Cle.12872125017.456
Adam Thielen, Car.13710310149.846
Nico Collins, Hou.10980129716.285
JaMarr Chase, Cin.145100121612.275
Stefon Diggs, Buff.160107118311.185
DeAndre Hopkins, Ten.13775105714.175
A.J. Brown, Phil.158106145613.774
Mike Evans, T.B.13679125515.9134
Davante Adams, L.V.175103114411.184
Chris Olave, N.O.13887112312.954
Garrett Wilson, NYJ16895104211.034
Chris Godwin, T.B.13083102412.324
Puka Nacua, LAR160105148614.263
DK Metcalf, Sea.11966111416.983
DeVonta Smith, Phil.11281106613.273
Terry McLaurin, Was.13279100212.743
CeeDee Lamb, Dall.181135174913.0122
DJ Moore, Chi.13696136414.282
Brandon Aiyuk, S.F.10575134217.972
Michael Pittman, Ind.156109115210.642
Justin Jefferson, Min.10068107415.852
Tyreek Hill, Mia.171119179915.1131
Amon-Ra St. Brown, Det.164119151512.7101
Keenan Allen, LAC150108124311.571
Jaylen Waddle, Mia.10472101414.141

Some of the other names who were worst in this regard are predictable. Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper and George Pickens were all hampered by poor quarterbacking; in the case of Pickens and Thielen, two of the league's worst situations. It's harder to understand with Ridley.

Might be just a fluky kind of thing, and Ridley next year will be regularly churning out 80-yard games, with Jacksonville or somewhere else. But something I'll have in the back of mind in drafts, I think.

--Andy Richardson

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