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Stevan Ridley | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: LSU
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Stevan Ridley had 19 carries for 54 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.
It was an ineffective game from Ridley, who added one catch for seven yards. He received the majority of carries over Shane Vereen, but failed to convert on his lone attempt at the goal-line. Ridley is averaging just 3.4 YPC through three games and will continue to split work with Vereen going forward. Sep 21 - 4:46 PM

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ESPN Boston admits it's "tough to tell" which running back will lead the way in Sunday's game against the Raiders.

This should be a perfect spot for the Patriots to ground-n-pound with big back Stevan Ridley. But Bill Belichick often zigs when everyone assumes he'll zag, leaving a little risk in both Ridley and Shane Vereen. Beat writer Mike Reiss does note that the Patriots "like their chances" to run against a Raiders team that has already given up 100-yard games to Chris Ivory and Arian Foster this season. In theory, there's enough room for both of the Patriots' backs to eat.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 19 - 11:26 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed 25 times for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings Week 2.

Ridley dominated the Patriots running back touches, seeing more carries than every other Patriot combined. It was a surprising performance after Ridley only played 26 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps in Week 1, and yet another reminder that New England running backs are hard to project week-to-week. Ridley will be a touchdown-dependent RB3/FLEX against the Raiders next week.
Sep 14 - 4:09 PM

Stevan Ridley played 22-of-86 (26 percent) of the offensive snaps in Week 1 versus Miami.

Ridley got the start over Shane Vereen, but Vereen played (61) nearly triple the amount of snaps. Ridley managed 21 yards on eight carries, while splitting the early-down work with Vereen. As evidenced by the preseason, the Patriots are going to continue to expand Vereen's role. Ridley may not see more than 8-12 carries per game. We'd have to see more to bump Ridley up from an RB3.
Sep 8 - 8:38 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed eight times for 21 yards in the Patriots' Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, adding two carries for seven yards.

With rookie threat James White a healthy scratch following a poor preseason, Ridley got the "start" over Shane Vereen, but split early-down work with the Pats' passing-down back. Ridley got a first-quarter carry from the Dolphins' six-yard line, but it was Vereen who got the next three totes, turning the third into a two-yard touchdown. Ridley is at least partially out of the doghouse, but it's clear Vereen is going to pace the Pats' backs in touches. Ridley remains a boom-or-bust RB2/3.
Sep 7 - 6:53 PM

Stevan Ridley has made the 53-man roster.

Speculation over the last week had Ridley's roster spot in danger thanks to his error-repeating ways. But the Patriots were never likely to cut him as they know he's their best inside runner -- and it isn't even close. If Ridley can simply hold onto the football this season, he's going to push for double-digit touchdowns. James White has been strikingly unimpressive this preseason.
Aug 30 - 5:01 PM

ESPN Boston now has Stevan Ridley making the Patriots' 53-man roster after leaving him off it earlier this week.

Beat writer Mike Reiss "played a hunch" last time around, but now admits it "looks like that was off the mark." Last week, Reiss left Ridley off the roster in favor of Jonas Gray. Gray now gets the boot, and Ridley makes it because rookie James White hasn't shown enough. We expect Vereen to play the vast majority of running back snaps in New England, but Ridley has the early edge for short-yardage and goal-line work with an opportunity to expand his role with good play. We still like Ridley at his eighth-round ADP as a boom-or-bust RB2.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 29 - 12:20 PM

ESPN Boston does not have Stevan Ridley making the 53-man roster in their latest projection.

We'd be stunned if Ridley gets cut, as he's clearly the team's best inside running option provided he doesn't fumble. But the projection comes from ace beat man Mike Reiss, who is not prone to hyperbole. Ridley played just 11 snaps in Friday night's third preseason game, and did lose a fumble in the second preseason game. Reiss has the Patriots keeping four running backs on the active roster (Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray) and one on the practice squad (Roy Finch).
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 25 - 8:28 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed for 28 yards on 8 carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Ridley only saw six snaps in the first half, but did play extensively in the first-team offenses' lone drive following the break. Most importantly Ridley did not put the ball on the ground Friday night. With James White struggling, Ridley should hold onto the early-down and short-yardage work as long as he can hold onto the ball. Ridley has 19 carries for 75 yards this preseason.
Aug 22 - 11:24 PM

Stevan Ridley said re-watching tape of his lost fumble Friday night left him with a "sick feeling."

It was questionable whether Ridley actually lost the fumble, as he might have been down by contact. Either way, the ball still came loose, and Ridley knows he has to stop putting the ball on the ground if he wants to play. Coach Bill Belichick may give Ridley a pass this time, but it won't happen in the regular season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 18 - 6:51 PM

ESPN Boston reports Stevan Ridley's benching in Friday's preseason game "might have been more about workload than a message from the coaching staff."

Ridley started and played 16-of-91 snaps, but didn't return after his second-quarter fumble. He finished with nine carries for 45 yards. Bill Belichick said he thought Ridley's fumble "was close," and could have been overturned if challenged. Ridley shouldn't lose his role as the primary early-down back based on one preseason play, but he can't afford any turnovers in New England's third or fourth exhibition games. He's a boom-or-bust fantasy RB2.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 16 - 3:58 PM

Stevan Ridley was benched in the second quarter of Friday night's preseason game after a fumble in Eagles territory.

Ridley made his second straight start, but coughed the ball up and was quickly relegated to the bench, where he could be seen shaking his head in frustration. Ridley was off to a red hot start, turning his first nine carries into 45 yards. The fumble opens the door for rookie James White to see playing time, although White has been thoroughly unimpressive this preseason. Shane Vereen remains the favorite to lead the Patriots in touches.
Aug 15 - 9:13 PM

Stevan Ridley started the Patriots' preseason opener against the Redskins, carrying the ball two times for two yards.

Ridley got the rock on the first two plays of the game, but was removed after the opening series. With rookie James White stealing all the camp headlines, the start is a good sign for Ridley's fortunes, but he's obviously not out of the woods yet. White had a quiet first half, rushing four times for nine yards. As long as Ridley can hold serve — and the football — this preseason, he should begin the year as the Patriots' primary early-down back.
Aug 7 - 8:34 PM

The Boston Globe's Chad Finn said it is too early to "bury" Stevan Ridley.

Nine fumbles over the last two seasons have earned Ridley several extended stays in Bill Belichick's doghouse, but necessity should dictate Ridley gets at least one more shot. The departure of LeGarrette Blount has left the Patriots' "big back" cupboard all but bare, with Ridley as clearly the most talented option to fill the role. He is a prime bounce-back candidate.
Jul 5 - 9:59 AM

The Patriots have had no extension talks with contract-year RB Stevan Ridley.

If the Pats had approached Ridley about a new deal, it would have been a surprise. He enters 2014 on a short leash thanks to nine fumbles across the last two seasons (including playoffs), earning an "error-repeater" label. The good news is that LeGarrette Blount is gone, Ridley is reportedly a little lighter/faster and he remains an ideal inside complement to Shane Vereen. He'll be highly motivated to curb the mistakes this season, making Ridley a likely fantasy value pick.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 11 - 9:44 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski