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Stevan Ridley | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: LSU
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ESPN Boston expects free agent Stevan Ridley (knee) to settle for a one-year, "prove-it" deal.
Coming off ACL surgery, Ridley will attempt to reestablish his value before getting another chance at free agency in 2016. He's been one of the better power backs in the league when healthy, and has potential to be a high-reward signing for a team that's willing to bet on his recovery. Ridley should command an incentives-based deal in the range of $1.25 million. Feb 28 - 2:32 PM
Source: ESPN Boston

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Free agent RB Stevan Ridley is four weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from ACL surgery.

Ridley tore his ACL in Week 6, but had to wait until mid-November to have surgery. His availability for the start of training camp remains questionable. Ridley was one of the top power backs in the league when healthy, but will likely have to reestablish his value on a one-year deal.
Feb 20 - 7:37 PM

Stevan Ridley will have surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL Tuesday.

Ridley had to wait for swelling to go down following his Oct. 12 injury. An impending free agent, he remains a Dynasty hold as we wait to see both how his rehab goes and where he lands. Ridley, still just 25 years old, will likely have to settle for a "prove it" kind of deal.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 08:38:00 AM

Stevan Ridley is done for the season with tears to his ACL and MCL.

It's an unfortunate end to an up-and-down season, and quite possibly an up-and-down career in New England. Ridley will be a free agent in 2015. One of the league's most underrated power backs when healthy, Ridley was a frustrating player in Foxboro due to his pass-game limitations and fumbles that repeatedly got Ridley benched by fickle coach Bill Belichick. Ridley turns 26 in January. Coming off multiple knee ligament tears, Ridley will be greeted by a disappointing free agent market next March.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 05:30:00 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick admitted Monday that Stevan Ridley and ILB Jerod Mayo suffered major Week 6 injuries.

Ridley is believed to have a torn ACL. "Unfortunately I don't think it looks too good," said Belichick. "... I don't think it's minor." Ridley figures to be placed on injured reserve this week. The Patriots will presumably turn to a rotation to replace him, highlighted by Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 03:48:00 PM

The Patriots fear that Stevan Ridley tore his ACL in Sunday's Week 6 win at Buffalo.

Ridley will have an MRI Monday at which point a firm diagnosis will be known. But it didn't look good and multiple outlets are reporting a significant injury. Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden would pick up the slack for as long as Ridley is sidelined.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 05:57:00 PM

Stevan Ridley was forced from Sunday's Week 6 game against the Bills with a knee injury.

Ridley was immediately ruled out for the game, suggesting he's dealing with a significant injury. He went down on a low tackle in the third quarter and had to be helped to the locker room. Ridley had 10 carries for 23 yards before exiting. Shane Vereen is now the Patriots' primary running back, with Brandon Bolden mixing in on early downs.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 03:34:00 PM

Stevan Ridley had 27 carries for 113 yards and a touchdown in Sunday night's Week 5 win over the Bengals.

The carries were a season-high for Ridley, who was coming off his worst game of the year. He converted a one-yard goal-line carry on the Patriots' first drive for his touchdown. Ridley's best run was a 43-yard counter down the left sideline in the fourth quarter. He was the clear goal-line back over Shane Vereen. Ridley will be a touchdown-dependent RB3 against Buffalo's top-three run defense in Week 6.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 12:03:00 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed five times for 28 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

The Patriots were blown out 41-14 and were trailing 17-0 at the half, leaving no real action for Ridley because he doesn't play in passing situations. Ridley's weekly role is unpredictable right now, making him a touchdown- and touch-dependent RB3. Through four games, he's on pace for a 228-816-4 rushing line. Ridley obviously isn't a factor in the passing game. He gets the Bengals next.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 11:46:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 04:46:00 PM

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
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 11:26:00 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.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 04:09:00 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.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 08:38:00 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.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 06:53:00 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.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
3Garrett Gilbert
RB1LeGarrette Blount
2Brandon Bolden
3Jonas Gray
4James White
5Tyler Gaffney
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Jonas Gray
3RB1Brandon Bolden
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
4Jonathan Krause
5Greg Orton
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski