Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley changing the narrative: Takeaways from training camp presser

• Calvin Ridley left practice on Day 7 of training camp

• He's fine

• Ridley is focused on getting better

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) stretches to pull in a pass as Jaguars Wide
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley (0) stretches to pull in a pass as Jaguars Wide / Bob Self/Florida Times-Union / USA TODAY
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Jaguars WR Calvin Ridley is letting everyone know how great of a player he is

A locker room is full of all kinds of personalities, none inherently better or worse than others. Some players keep to themselves while others are a bit more outspoken. There are those who are boastful, which could rub people the wrong way. But if they can back it up, why shouldn't they? The NFL is better when they let their players be themselves.

In Calvin Ridley's case, he isn't necessarily bragging when he says he's a great player. He's worked to get to where he is and he's self-aware to know that everyone listens when he speaks. During his exchange with the media Thursday, he gave a reason why he's been so vocal.

"I'm a good receiver, one of the better receivers in the league. That's what I've been saying since I was a rookie," Ridley said. "I noticed that right away when I got into the league. I'm trying to be humble but everyone has doubted me. I'm trying to fight back, respectfully at the same time."

"Because I'm not into the media, I'm just trying to show I got respect for myself and I'm gonna work hard. I'm not gonna say I'm gonna come back rusty or anything. I'm just trying to play good for the Jacksonville Jaguars," Ridley said.

Ridley kept a low profile after retiring and his subsequent suspension. During his absence, a narrative arose that he was soft for stepping away or not playing through injuries when in reality he had to take painkiller to be able to suit up during the 2021 season.

When he hung up the cleats, he said that he wanted to focus on his mental health, and some fans took it as a sign of weakness, even though taking care of oneself should be everyone's top priority.

Now back on the football field, Ridley can return to dominance and pick up where he left off back in Atlanta.

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