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Stevan Ridley | Running Back

Team: New York Jets
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/27/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 220
College: LSU
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ESPN New York expects Stevan Ridley (knee) to be ready for training camp.
Per reporter Rich Cimini, Ridley has "looked decent" in position drills at OTAs. Ridley has been sitting out team drills. Ridley is still only six months removed from going under the knife to repair his right ACL and MCL. May 21 - 2:53 PM

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Stevan Ridley (knee) is participating in positional drills at Jets' OTAs.

Organized Team Activities are non-contact and extremely academic, so this isn't a huge surprise. Ridley is six months removed from surgery to repair his torn ACL. It's a sign that he'll be ready for the start of training camp.
May 20 - 11:13 AM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said Stevan Ridley's ACL/MCL surgery wasn't a major factor in the team's acquisition of RB Zac Stacy.

The Jets are uncertain of Ridley's camp status, so it's hard to believe it didn't at least enter Maccagnan's mind. Neither the Jets nor fantasy owners can be counting on Ridley to avoid the reserve/PUP list. Ridley is five and a half months removed from going under the knife.
May 3 - 3:54 PM

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he isn't sure if Stevan Ridley (knee surgery) will be ready for training camp.

Ridley has already been ruled out for the Jets' offseason program. His status for the start of camp remains up in the air, where he could be competing for a roster spot with Chris Ivory. Ridley's one-year deal contains just $80,000 guaranteed.
Apr 29 - 4:17 PM

The Jets' one-year deal with Stevan Ridley contains just $80,000 guaranteed and has a total value of $1.25 million.

He got (significantly) less guaranteed money than Darren McFadden ($200,000) and Trent Richardson ($600,000). It's not especially surprising for a two-down running back coming off multiple knee ligament tears, but indicates Ridley isn't a lock for the Jets' 53-man roster. As special teamer Bilal Powell has job security and the Jets are fully expected to draft another back, Ridley and Chris Ivory may end up competing for one spot in training camp.
Apr 15 - 10:22 PM

Stevan Ridley (knee surgery) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Ridley is five months removed from tearing his ACL. The Jets felt comfortable enough with his progress to hand him a one-year deal this past week. It's possible Ridley and Chris Ivory will compete for one roster spot, with the Jets also not ruling out taking a running back in the middle rounds of the draft. Bilal Powell is locked in for his special teams value.
Apr 12 - 9:29 AM

ESPN New York calls Stevan Ridley "another version of Chris Ivory."

It's a fair point. Like Ivory, Ridley is a two-down power back who runs between the tackles and won't contribute much in the passing game. If both stick on the final 53-man roster (and Ridley is back to form off ACL surgery), they'll eat into each other's volume. Bilal Powell, re-signed to a $2 million contract last month, is the only passing back on the roster right now.
Apr 9 - 8:15 AM

Jets signed RB Stevan Ridley to a one-year contract.

Five months removed from ACL surgery, Ridley will attempt to reestablish his value in New York. He should be part of a rotation with Chris Ivory and third-down back Bilal Powell, giving him limited fantasy value. Ridley has averaged 4.1 YPC since breaking out for 1,263 yards in 2012. He reportedly turned down offers from Washington and Miami for a chance to play in Chan Gailey's offense. Ridley is questionable for the start of training camp.
Apr 8 - 7:24 PM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley (ACL) is visiting the Redskins Tuesday.

In Alfred Morris' first year under Jay Gruden, he averaged a career-worst 4.05 YPC. So it's likely the Redskins are in the market for additional depth at the position, even in the form of runners like Ridley that have very similar skill sets to Alf. When healthy and not fumbling the football, Ridley has shown foundation back ability while plowing through inside runs on early downs and goal-line situations. He previously visited the Jets and Dolphins. Because Ridley is just five months removed from ACL surgery, he won't be expensive. He also would not solve the Redskins' massive need for a passing-down back.
Apr 7 - 7:42 AM

Stevan Ridley's visit with the Dolphins was merely "exploratory," according to the Miami Herald.

It sounds like the Dolphins just wanted to check out his knee. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald said the Dolphins "haven't ruled out" signing Ridley, but it doesn't sound like they're that interested. Ridley rushed for 1,263 yards in 2012 but hasn't come close to matching that. He won't get more than a one-year deal.
Apr 5 - 11:15 AM

The New York Daily News reports free agent RB Stevan Ridley is likely to end up with the Jets or Dolphins.

Ridley visited both teams this week, but left without a contract. He would be part of a committee with the Jets, while Miami doesn't have a proven No. 2 back behind Lamar Miller. Coming off ACL surgery, Ridley is expected to settle for a one-year deal.
Apr 3 - 7:16 PM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley is visiting the Jets on Wednesday.

Ridley and Chris Ivory are pretty much the same exact player as early-down running backs who don't contribute much, if anything, in the pass game. Ivory has bigger upside. Ridley would merely be part of a rotation with the Jets.
Apr 1 - 1:18 PM

The Dolphins confirm free agent RB Stevan Ridley visited on Tuesday.

It could be an indication the Dolphins are keen to sign the ex-Patriot, but it could just as easily mean nothing. Paramount for Ridley on his visits will be the state of his knee as he recovers from a torn ACL.
Mar 31 - 7:37 PM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is visiting the Dolphins Tuesday.

Ridley underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL on Nov. 18, depressing his free agency pricetag toward a one year "prove it" kind of contract. A bunch of teams would be wise to poke around, even ones that have plus starters like Lamar Miller. When healthy and holding onto the football, the 220-pound Ridley is both powerful and quick in a complementary early-down/goal-line role. The Cowboys and Vikings (if they move Adrian Peterson) are other possible landing spots.
Mar 31 - 8:25 AM

Free agent RB Stevan Ridley will visit with teams this week.

Coming off a torn ACL and MCL, Ridley is expected to be cleared in roughly six weeks. A reunion with New England seems unlikely given Ridley's similarities to LeGarrette Blount. The Cowboys showed interest in Ridley before they signed Darren McFadden. A light-footed power runner, Ridley is a bit one-dimensional but could help a team as an early-down chain mover if healthy.
Source: ESPN Boston
Mar 29 - 8:20 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Geno Smith
2Ryan Fitzpatrick
3Bryce Petty
4Jake Heaps
RB1Chris Ivory
2Stevan Ridley
3Bilal Powell
4Zac Stacy
5Daryl Richardson
GLB1Chris Ivory
2Stevan Ridley
3RB1Bilal Powell
2Stevan Ridley
FB1Tommy Bohanon
2J.C. Copeland
WR11Brandon Marshall
2Jeremy Kerley
3Chris Owusu
4Shaq Evans
5Quincy Enunwa
WR21Eric Decker
2Devin Smith
3DeVier Posey
4T.J. Graham
5Saalim Hakim
WR31Devin Smith
TE1Jace Amaro
2Jeff Cumberland
3Zach Sudfeld
4Kellen Davis
5Wes Saxton
K1Nick Folk
2Andrew Furney