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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 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. Oct 13 - 5:30 PM

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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.
Oct 13 - 3:48 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.
Oct 12 - 5:57 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.
Oct 12 - 3:34 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.
Oct 6 - 12:03 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.
Sep 29 - 11:46 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.
Sep 21 - 4:46 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
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Jonas Gray
3Brandon Bolden
4James White
GLB1Shane Vereen
2Jonas Gray
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski