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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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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

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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

Walk-year RB Stevan Ridley says he isn't thinking about his contract.

Ridley said he's focused on "(going) out there and (being) mistake-free." Ridley was highly productive between Weeks 4-11 last season, but completely lost coach Bill Belichick's trust with fumbles, and was barely used in the postseason. It's good news that LeGarrette Blount has moved on to Pittsburgh, but Ridley will be on an extremely short leash as the Pats' "big" back.
Jun 5 - 1:14 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss still sees upside in Stevan Ridley.

Reiss concedes that Ridley has been an "error repeater," referring to his nine fumbles across the last two seasons (including playoffs). But with LeGarrette Blount gone, Brandon Bolden a replacement-level talent and James White in his rookie year, the Patriots almost have to give Ridley a significant role. He's an ideal inside-running complement to passing back Shane Vereen. Ridley projects as an ADP steal as long as he can hold on to the football.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 28 - 8:21 AM

Stevan Ridley was held to 17 yards on five carries as the Patriots fell to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

The Patriots' offense went nowhere on their first two drives. They inserted Ridley on the third and finally generated some ball movement, though primarily via the pass. LeGarrette Blount remained the lead back and Shane Vereen was utilized the most, especially after New England fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter. Ridley is under contract cheaply through 2014 and he turns 25 later this month. Ball-security woes have been a major drain on his fantasy stock, but we expect Ridley to get another shot at 2014 bellcow duties. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent.
Jan 19 - 6:12 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed 14 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Divisional Round win over the Colts.

Ridley again came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, but was an important part of the Patriots' power attack, earning yards in the same tough-minded fashion as Blount. Ridley used excellent second efforts to find pay dirt on both of his scores. He'll be in for another 12-15 touch day in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Jan 12 - 12:14 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed 12 times for 74 yards in New England's Week 17 win over the Bills.

It was a big day, but paled in comparison to LeGarrette Blount's, who racked up 189 yards and two scores on 24 totes. With Blount playing well as the Pats' lead "big back" and Ridley gaining yards as his backup, the Pats aren't going to change things up for the playoffs. Ridley ends his fumble-marred 2013 with 178 carries for 773 yards (4.34 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He caught 10 passes in 14 games, and lost four fumbles. 2014 is the final year of Ridley's rookie contract.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:32:00 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed 15 times for 54 yards in New England's Week 16 win over the Ravens.

Both the carries and yards were Ridley's most since he was a healthy scratch in Week 13. As has become the norm in the Patriots' backfield, Ridley came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, ceding the Pats' first two series. The duo rotated touches thereafter. Ridley got a carry from the Ravens' six-yard line in the first quarter, but failed to turn it into his first touchdown since Week 11. Ridley is slowly emerging from coach Bill Belichick's doghouse, but won't be any sort of a daily-league option in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 08:17:00 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed eight times for 34 yards in New England's Week 15 loss to the Dolphins.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Ridley once again came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, but the Patriots rotated their "big backs" thereafter. Blount finished with 12 touches to Ridley's eight. The closest Ridley got the ball to the end zone was the Dolphins' 15-yard line. Although he's peeked his head out, Ridley is still very much in the doghouse, and should remain in a rotation for Week 16. He can't be trusted in fantasy championships against the Ravens.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 04:49:00 PM

Stevan Ridley played on 17-of-82 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Making his return from Bill Belichick's doghouse, Ridley shared the "big back" role with LeGarrette Blount (21 snaps). They each got eight carries. Ridley's role should grow if he can string together games without fumbles, but he's not going to completely eliminate Blount from the picture anytime soon. We can't confidently project more than 8-12 carries for either one in the Week 15 game against the Dolphins.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 09:16:00 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed for 35 yards on eight carries in Week 14 against the Browns.

One week after being a healthy scratch, Ridley was back out of coach Bill Belichick's doghouse. While he wasn't the starter, Ridley and LeGarrette Blount each received eight carries. Most importantly, Ridley held onto the football. If he can do that, then there's a chance Ridley could reemerge as the go-to back on early downs for the Patriots. That's not certain to happen by next week against the Dolphins, so Ridley won't be a recommended fantasy play.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 08:23:00 PM

Stevan Ridley is active for Sunday's Week 14 game against the Browns.

Ridley will be mixed in with LeGarrette Blount on early downs. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects Ridley to see his first action in the second quarter. From there he'll reportedly be able to expand his role with effective runs and an ability to hold on to the football. Ridley isn't a trusted fantasy option for Week 14, but he could see an uptick in carries the final three weeks with a good game.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 11:39:00 AM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Stevan Ridley is expected to be active for Week 14 against the Browns.

Multiple media outlets have had similar reports, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, ESPN Boston, and MassLive.com. Ridley was a healthy scratch last week, but should be back in the mix for "big back" carries with LeGarrette Blount on early downs. Ridley is not a trustworthy fantasy option for Week 14. There is a chance he could be a fantasy asset by Week 15 or 16, however.
Sun, Dec 8, 2013 09:46:00 AM

Stevan Ridley is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Ridley was a healthy inactive last week due to his fumbling issues. It's not known what kind of role he'll be given if he manages to play, but he'll likely be behind early down back LeGarrette Blount for carries. Shane Vereen remains the only Patriots running back worth starting for fantasy purposes in Week 14.
Sat, Dec 7, 2013 10:03:00 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss' "gut feeling" is that Stevan Ridley's days as the Patriots' lead back are "probably over."

Reiss believes Ridley's time with the Patriots has "officially reached a crossroads." It's important to emphasize that this is just Reiss' gut feeling, but he follows the Patriots as close, if not closer, than anyone in the business. Speaking about his production meeting with coach Bill Belichick during Sunday's telecast, CBS' Dan Dierdorf said Belichick's "intolerance has reached the boiling point when it comes to turnovers." At the very least, Ridley is going to be staring at a reserve role if he's active for Week 14. It's quite possible he'll be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week. Ridley can't be trusted for the fantasy playoffs.
Source: ESPN Boston
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 03:04:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Reese Wiggins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski