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Stevan Ridley | Running Back | #39

Team: Detroit Lions
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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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

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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

Stevan Ridley (knee) is probable for Week 9 against Jacksonville.

Ridley didn't play any snaps in his debut last week. Even with Bilal Powell doubtful, he isn't a lock to have a role behind Chris Ivory.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 05:51:00 PM

Stevan Ridley did not record a stat Week 8 against the Raiders.

Ridley was active, but it did not look like he played a single snap in his first game back off the PUP list. Even once he gets back to full health, Ridley is unlikely to have a meaningful role behind early-down workhorse Chris Ivory.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 08:03:00 PM

Stevan Ridley (knee) is active Week 8 against the Raiders.

Ridley was activated off the PUP list Friday. He could get some work spelling Chris Ivory on early downs, but Zac Stacy is expected to serve as the third-down back with Bilal Powell inactive. Neither Stacy nor Ridley is a fantasy option this week.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 02:42:00 PM

Jets activated RB Stevan Ridley off the PUP list.

Ridley missed the Jets' first six games after tearing his MCL and ACL last year with New England. He is now part of the 53-man roster and will provide between-the-tackles insurance on Chris Ivory, who has dealt with quad and hamstring injuries this season. Ridley is worth a look in 14- and 16-team fantasy leagues as a bench stash. He could become an RB2 if Ivory missed time.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 03:16:00 PM

After Friday's practice, Jets coach Todd Bowles described Stevan Ridley (knee, PUP) as "full speed."

Bowles said he is "real comfortable" with Ridley's ACL/MCL recovery, perhaps a sign Ridley could play Sunday at Oakland. The Jets still need to formally activate Ridley to the 53-man roster and cut a player to make room. If that is going to happen, it would likely take place on Saturday.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 02:45:00 PM

Jets OC Chan Gailey said Stevan Ridley (knee) has been "running with more confidence."

Ridley is practicing in full for Week 8. "He's looked pretty good to me," Gailey added. It appears Ridley is ready to return from his torn ACL, but it will be to minimal workloads. If he's active, Ridley should be the No. 3 back behind Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy. That's if Bilal Powell (ankle) sits.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 01:13:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Matthew Stafford
2Dan Orlovsky
3Jake Rudock
RB1Ameer Abdullah
2Theo Riddick
3Zach Zenner
4Stevan Ridley
5Dwayne Washington
GLB1Zach Zenner
2Ameer Abdullah
3RB1Theo Riddick
2Ameer Abdullah
FB1Mike Burton
WR11Golden Tate
2Anquan Boldin
3Corey Fuller
4Andre Caldwell
5Jace Billingsley
WR21Marvin Jones
2T.J. Jones
3Jeremy Kerley
4Andre Roberts
5Ryan Spadola
WR31Anquan Boldin
TE1Eric Ebron
2Brandon Pettigrew
3Matthew Mulligan
4Cole Wick
5Adam Fuehne
LT1Taylor Decker
2Cornelius Lucas
3Luke Marquardt
LG1Laken Tomlinson
2Joe Dahl
C1Travis Swanson
2Graham Glasgow
3Gabe Ikard
RG1Larry Warford
2Geoff Schwartz
3Chase Farris
RT1Riley Reiff
2Michael Ola
K1Matt Prater
2Devon Bell