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Stevan Ridley | Running Back | #35

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: LSU
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (73) / NE
Contract: view contract details

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Colts released RB Stevan Ridley.
Ridley lasted all of six days with the Colts, but it is possible he is brought back after veteran salaries guarantee Week 1. Ridley's release is theoretically good news for undrafted rookie Josh Ferguson, although he could still lose his roster spot to Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman. Sep 3 - 12:18 PM

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Colts signed RB Stevan Ridley.

It's an acknowledgment of how desperately little the Colts have behind 33-year-old starter Frank Gore. Ridley couldn't beat out Zach Zenner in Detroit, and was cut after taking the ball nine times for 27 yards (3.0 YPC) in two preseason games. We'd say he doesn't have good roster odds, but his "competition" is Bob Turbin, Jordan Todman and Josh Ferguson. There's a decent chance he'll crack Indy's dilapidated running back corps.
Aug 28 - 1:13 PM

The Colts are hosting free agent RB Stevan Ridley for a visit.

The Colts are desperate for running back depth, where career JAG Bob Turbin is currently the favorite for No. 2 duties behind Frank Gore. Josh Ferguson has fallen onto the roster bubble, while Jordan Todman never seems to be able to nail down an NFL home. Ridley, 27, probably isn't the answer. He has looked washed up in stints with the Jets and Lions since a 2014 ACL tear.
Aug 26 - 2:07 PM

Lions released RB Stevan Ridley.

The writing was on the wall after Ridley played behind Zach Zenner, George Winn, and rookie Dwayne Washington this preseason. By releasing him now, the Lions have at least given Ridley a shot to latch on somewhere else -- and perhaps offset some of the $250,000 guaranteed they owe him -- but he has not proven to be an effective back since shredding his knee in 2014. The 27-year-old could be nearing the end. With Ridley gone, Zenner is now locked in as the big-back complement to Ameer Abdullah.
Aug 25 - 9:00 AM

Stevan Ridley earned 14 yards on five carries and caught his lone target for five yards Friday in the Lions’ preseason win over the Steelers.

Ridley was the fourth Lions running back to see the field after Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner and George Winn. It was a pedestrian effort for Ridley, who managed a long run of just six yards. Ridley will have to do better than that if he wants to leapfrog Zenner for No. 3 duties this year behind starter Ameer Abdullah and Riddick, who will serve as the Lions’ passing-down back.
Aug 12 - 10:25 PM believes Lions RB Stevan Ridley is ahead of Zach Zenner for No. 3 duties.

This was the Lions' official website's guess last month, and that's how it's playing out through the first week of camp. The winner could serve as the "big back" behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, but Abdullah still has a chance to claim most early downs to himself. Neither Ridley nor Zenner is likely to have fantasy value this season.
Aug 4 - 7:11 PM

Lions team reporter Tim Twentyman considers Stevan Ridley the favorite for Detroit's No. 3 running back spot.

Twentyman sees Ridley as a change-of-pace back behind Ameer Abdullah and passing-down specialist Theo Riddick. Of course, that's if he can stay healthy. Ridley looked sluggish last year in his first season back from an ACL tear and missed most of the Lions' offseason program for undisclosed reasons. Ridley has to hold off Zach Zenner, George Winn and rookie Dwayne Washington.
Jul 17 - 10:46 AM

Lions RB Stevan Ridley (undisclosed) missed most of the offseason program.

Following a 2014 ACL tear, Ridley struggled to regain full health with the Jets last season, managing just 90 yards on 36 carries. The fact that he is not 100 percent healthy this spring certainly sends up red flags, but it is not clear if this absence is even related to his knee. If healthy, Ridley will compete with Zach Zenner for the big-back role.
Jun 30 - 10:22 AM

Newly-signed Lions RB Stevan Ridley believes his "best years" are ahead of him.

"So I’m really excited about an opportunity just to come in here and do what I did in New England for four years," Ridley said, "and that was to hold down the early downs and to get the short-yardage carries or get the goal-line carries." Ridley spent a lost season with the Jets rehabbing from a 2014 torn ACL. Now close to full health and only 27, he will attempt to get his career back on track in Detroit. He'll compete with Zach Zenner for the "big-back" role.
Apr 7 - 10:39 AM

Lions signed RB Stevan Ridley, formerly of the Jets, to a one-year contract.

The Lions were the only team he visited in free agency. Ridley missed eight games last season while recovering from a torn ACL. Even when Ridley played he was ineffective, averaging a career-worst 2.5 yards per carry. The 27-year-old has never been a big contributor in the passing game (just 27 catches in 60 NFL appearances) but he still has some power and could challenge Ameer Abdullah and Zach Zenner for early-down work. Ridley's relationship with GM and former Patriots scouting director Bob Quinn likely played a role in his decision.
Apr 1 - 1:42 PM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley will visit the Lions on Tuesday.

It is his first reported visit. Ridley did not play much of a role with the Jets last season as he worked his way back from a 2014 ACL and MCL tears. Now two years removed from the injury, he should be at or near 100 percent. The Lions could use a veteran power back to pair with Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick, and GM Bob Quinn knows Ridley from his days in New England. This match makes a lot of sense.
Mar 29 - 8:48 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss thinks it is unlikely impending free agent Stevan Ridley returns to New England.

The Patriots need running back help, and Ridley was drafted by and had his best seasons in New England. The pair divorced for a reason last offseason, however, and an unsuccessful stint with the Jets likely did not change Ridley's opinion on his potential workload with the Patriots. Ridley will likely find a cold market in a loaded running back class, but a reunion remains unlikely.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 9:27 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed nine times for 29 yards and caught 2-of-2 targets for a net gain of zero in the Jets' Week 17 loss to Buffalo.

Ridley surprisingly operated as the Jets' lead back in Sunday's season finale with Chris Ivory apparently less than 100 percent and Bilal Powell inactive. Ridley was ineffective, failing to find any running room against the Bills. Ridley spent most of 2015 as New York's third-stringer behind Ivory and Powell. An impending free agent, Ridley will turn 27 later this month.
Jan 3 - 4:23 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed six times for 23 yards Week 14 against the Titans.

Ridley spelled Chris Ivory in the second quarter and finished the first half with four carries, but Ivory dominated work as the Jets ran down the clock late in the game. Ridley had one nice run and looked healthy, but he would need an injury to Ivory to have any fantasy value.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 04:42:00 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed three times for -1 yards in the Jets' Week 10 loss to the Bills.

Ridley gave the Bills' defense a breather whenever he checked in for a running-strong Chris Ivory. Ridley's biggest development happened on the final play of the first half, where Zac Stacy fractured his ankle. That leaves Ridley as Ivory's direct backup, and the Jets' No. 2 for however long Bilal Powell (ankle) remains sidelined. Ridley has zero standalone value, but would be an RB2/3 were Ivory to miss time with injury.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 12:29:00 AM

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