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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 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

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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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3McLeod Bethel-Thompson
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Brian Tyms
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Kenbrell Thompkins
3Brandon LaFell
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski