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22 Stevan Ridley RB
Height/Weight: 5-11/220 | Birthdate: 1/27/1989 | Birthplace: Natchez, MS, USA | Team: New England | College: Louisiana State | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 92/21 | Average Draft Position: 85.71
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Stevan Ridley held out of preseason finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:08 pm ET) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was held out of Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, a possible sign that he may make the 53-man roster, NESN Sports suggests. Ridley played just 11 snaps in the team's third preseason game last week against the Panthers.

Stevan Ridley in danger of getting cut?


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) ESPN.com released a projection of the Patriots' 53-man roster, and it didn't include running back Stevan Ridley. The website noted the team is "always good for a surprise" and that Ridley played just 11 snaps in the dress rehearsal game Friday against the Panthers.

ESPN.com projected running backs Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray to make the team along with fullback James Develin.


Stevan Ridley gets benched after first-quarter fumble


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was having a terrific game until he had issues handling the football Friday night against the Eagles in preseason action.

Ridley ran the ball well, but was benched after losing a fumble on a short run early in the second quarter. He ripped runs for 7, 11 and 6 yards on the opening drive. He finished with nine carries for 45 yards, averaging 5.0 yards per attempt.

Stevan Ridley slides to backup unit Wednesday


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/14/2014) Patriots veteran Stevan Ridley worked mostly with the second unit during their joint practice with the Eagles on Wednesday while rookie running back James White had a number of first-team reps, Comcast Sportsnet reported.

White has been impressive in camp and might have earned some time with the starters. It's also noted that Ridley has run well and hasn't fumbled when given the opportunity. It's very likely Ridley will return to first-team duty soon. 


Stevan Ridley gets the start


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley started Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins, but he didn't do much with the opportunity. He carried twice for 2 yards before leaving.

Report: James White threatening Stevan Ridley on early downs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White might cut into Stevan Ridley's early-down workload, reports ESPN.com. "It's been notable how many repetitions he's seeing in practice, especially on the goal line," the website said.

James White to get 'significant' work on all three downs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White "has opened eyes with how many quality reps he's getting and looks like he’ll be a significant part of the team’s attack -- on all three downs," reports ESPN.com. It's the latest in an avalance of positive reports about White, who's expected to cut into the workloads of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

'Motivated' Stevan Ridley looking for long-term deal


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/12/2014) The Patriots and running back Stevan Ridley have yet to start talks on a new contract, reports NFL.com.

Ridley is getting a chance for a fresh start with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh, but he has to prove himself again after fumbling away the starting job in 2013. The report says if he plays well he could be in line for a long-term contract.

The report adds that "a motivated Ridley is a little lighter and faster this offseason and is focusing on fixing his fumbling woes." 


Stevan Ridley aims to put fumbling problems behind him


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley, who's lost six fumbles the past two seasons, said he's trying to put that problem in the past.

"All you can do is really squeeze it high and tight. I can’t really sit on it too much,” Ridley told NESN.com. "I think that was a lesson I had to go through, and hopefully I won’t have to go through it again. But who knows? You never know what’s in the plan or what God has in store for you, but a little adversity never hurts anybody. So for me, I have to go out there and be the player that I am. So in practice, I told one of the young guys today, that’s the quickest way to get off the field — you can ask me first — putting the ball on the ground."


How might the Patriots RBs shake out?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/24/2014) Stevan Ridley led all Patriots running backs in snaps played the last two seasons, but ESPN believes that nothing will be handed to him and he'll have to earn his keep this year. Additionally, ESPN thinks Ridley would not have led the backs in snaps had Shane Vereen stayed healthy for a full season. Vereen played nearly as many snaps as Ridley as it were. 

The belief from ESPN's Mike Reiss is that there will be a tandem situation "if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen."

Behind Ridley and Vereen are Brandon Bolden and rookie James White. Either one of them could earn decent playing time with a strong training camp and/or turnover issues from Ridley or Vereen. 

 


Patriots select RB James White in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 130th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected running back James White from Wisconsin.

White spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin behind Montee Ball. When he took over in 2013, he amassed for 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also posted 39 receptions for 300 yards and two scores in the passing game. He will likely battle for the third -string spot behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

Stevan Ridley strikes twice in playoff win over Colts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/12/2014) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley took a backseat to LeGarrette Blount but still managed to post his first career multi-touchdown performance in the postseason Saturday night against the Colts.

Ridley punched it in from 3 yards out and ran for the 2-point conversion in the third quarter to give New England a two-touchdown advantage. He then scored again on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. He finished with 14 carries for 52 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in a 43-22 victory. He was not targeted in the passing game.

Stevan Ridley aids in Sunday blasting of Bills on ground


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) LeGarrette Blount wasn't the only Patriots running back to take advantage of a porous Bills run defense on Sunday. Stevan Ridley did the same in his limited opportunities.

Ridley bolted for a season-long 29 yards on the middle in the first quarter and continued to run effectively. He finished the first half with 48 yards on six attempts and ended the game with 74 yards on 12 tries.

He rushed for 773 yards this season, which led the team, but only by one measly yard over Blount, who has emerged as the featured back heading into the playoffs.


Ridley determined to bounce back from tough year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Former Patriots featured back Stevan Ridley expressed understanding, but disappointment Thursday about his benching this season and vowed to return better than ever next season.

"I don't let anything break me, man," he told ESPN. "I knew what I did to get there. It wasn't like coach Bill [Belichick) just up and decided to bench me for the game. There was a reason for him doing what he did.

"...Did I agree with it? No, but that wasn't my call. I'm the player, and I play. ... It hurt, you know what I mean? But at the same time, that's somewhere I don't ever want to be again. If that's what's going to fuel me, if that's what I needed, I have to bounce back strong."

Ridley received 15 carries in Week 16, his highest total in six weeks. He peaked with a 115-yard, two-score performance against Pittsburgh on Nov. 3, but was benched for fumbling in three consecutive games.


Stevan Ridley gets most carries since Week 9


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley ran 15 times for 54 yards in the Week 16 win over Baltimore, the most carries he's received since he rushed 26 times vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 3. Ridley came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount and failed to score for the fifth straight week.

Ridley was targeted once in the passing game, without making a catch. Up to 699 rushing yards this season, Ridley plays the Bills in the regular-season finale.


Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette Blount still viewed as low-end options


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2013) Patriots running backs Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount both could be in for productive performances, depending on the amount of touches they'll receive Sunday against the Ravens in Week 16.

Ridley's production remained the same, as he rushed for 35 yards on eight carries for the second consecutive game. Blount rushed for 40-plus yards for the third straight games. He tallied 47 yards on 11 carries, averaging 4.3 yards per rush against Miami in Week 15.

The Ravens have allowed a rushing touchdown in three straight games. Baltimore has yielded 102.4 yards per game on the ground, which is seventh fewest allowed this season. Opposing running backs have scored 13.14 Fantasy points per game this season against Ravens.

At this point, it may be awfully difficult to start Ridley or Blount, given their recent role on offense. Despite a somewhat favorable matchup, consider them both low-end options for Week 16.

Stevan Ridley does little yet again in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley's role remained consistent Sunday, in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins in Week 15.

One week after rushing for 35 yards on eight carries, Ridley put up a nearly identical line against Miami. He rushed the ball eight times and finished with 34 yards on the ground. He was not targeted in the passing game.  

Ridley has been struggling to regain his spot in the lineup after being benched three weeks ago due to fumble issue. He will try to improve in Week 16, when the Patriots travel to Baltimore. 


Shane Vereen, LeGarrette Blount's roles remain clowdy


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) Figuring out which Patriots running back is going to see the largest role in any given week has become something only soothsayers and fortune tellers should be attempting right now. Heading into Week 15 against the Dolphins, any one of Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount could receive 10-plus touches on any given Sunday.

While Vereen's role remains relatively constant given him rare pass-catching abilities, Ridley and Blount are left to fight it out on the ground. Assuming Fantasy owners could know exactly how each player's workload might work out, this looks like a very attractive matchup, against a Dolphins defense that ranks 25th in the league in points per game to opposing running backs.

Ridley carved up the Dolphins for 79 yards and a touchdown in a Week 8 matchup, but he has also seen his role decrease significantly since then due to issues hanging on to the ball. That has opened up a larger role for Blount, who rushed for 46 yards on 11 carries against Miami.

Given the questions about each player's role, it is awfully difficult to start either with confidence. Among our trio of Fantasy experts' rankings for Week 15, Ridley lands inside the top-30 once, and Blount not at all. Both players should be considered risky options even with a solid matchup. 


Patriots receive input from several offensive players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley returned from a one-game forced absence for fumbling and held onto the ball Sunday against the Browns. He rushed for 35 yards on eight attempts and added one catch for 2 yards.

Also snagging one each for New England were running back James Develin (31 yards), wide receiver Austin Collie (5 yards) and tight end Matthew Mulligan (15 yards).


Coach says Stevan Ridley's benching was game-plan decision


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Patriots coach Bill Belichick said making running back Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch Week 13 at Houston wasn't about sending Ridley a message because of his fumbling problems.

"If I have a message to send to somebody I’ll just sit down and talk to them and tell them what it is," Belichick said, per the Boston Herald. "I can have a conversation and do have a conversation with anybody on the team that I need to have a conversation with. That’s not a problem. There’s no sending a message. This isn’t cryptic. We’re just trying to win a football game, that’s all."

Belichick reiterated Ridley being listed on the inactive list had to do with a game-plan decision.

"The inactive players every week are based on, in part, injuries and ultimately what we feel like, for that particular game, is the best decision for the football team in that game to try and win," Belichick said. "Along with every other decision on the team that I make, is made with what gives the team, in our opinion, the best opportunity to win on Sunday’s. That’s what all decisions are made on."


Stevan Ridley a healthy scratch Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley did not make it into the lineup Week 13 at Houston, as he was ruled inactive. ESPN first reported Sunday morning Ridley might be a healthy scratch Sunday.

Report: Stevan Ridley could be a healthy scratch Week 13


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/1/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley could be a healthy scratch Week 13 at Houston, according to ESPN analyst Adam Schefter. Even if Ridley, who has lost a fumble in three straight games, is active for Sunday's game, he isn't expected to see many, if any carries, according to Schefter.

Stevan Ridley looking at slightly favorable matchup


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is looking at a slightly favorable matchup Week 13 against the Texans.

Houston has been below-average against opposing running backs, allowing them to score 16.82 Fantasy points per game. On average, running backs have run for 103 yards per game against the Texans. Through 11 games, the team has given up eight rushing touchdowns, including two in their past two games.

That might not mean much for Ridley, as he's been splitting reps with the stable of backs in New England. While he's mostly led the team in carries in most recent weeks, a fumble against Denver left him with just four carries. Fumbles have been a big problem for Ridley. Not only has he fumbled four times, but he's lost all four fumbles. While he can't control where the ball goes after he loses it, the change of possession is likely what leads Bill Belichick to turn to other options so quickly. Prior to the Denver game, Ridley had scored all seven of his touchdowns in the team's previous five games, so he had been playing well. There's a good chance he gets the start, but Fantasy owners will have to hope to can hold onto the ball in order to have a big game.


Stevan Ridley: 'I can't keep doing this'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley stayed glued to the bench Sunday against the Broncos after losing a fumble on New England's opening drive, which was returned for a defensive touchdown. It was the third straight game Ridley lost a fumble.

"For me, it’s almost disgusting, man," Ridley said, per ESPN. "Consecutive weeks. Personally, as a player, my team deserves better. To come in and have the same mistakes happen, there’s something I gotta do different, I gotta do better. As a competitor all I can do is come in here and keep working. ... I just gotta be there for the team when they call me."

Ridley, who leads New England with seven rushing touchdowns, understood why coach Bill Belichick didn't call his number the rest of the game.

"When I put the ball on the ground, they have no option but they take me out. It’s sickening, man," Ridley said. "I’m frustrated, but it’s part of the game. I think that as a player, you’re going to have your ups and your downs, but the main thing is you have to stay focused and keep your eye on the prize at the end of the day. I’m not going to get too far down. I’m going to put more pressure on myself to go out there and practice and change up some things. I can't keep doing this."


Stevan Ridley benched after costly fumble


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2013) Patriots running back Stevan Ridley continued to have ball-security issues during Sunday’s overtime win over the Broncos in Week 12.

Ridley coughed up the ball, which resulted in a Von Miller fumble recovery for a Denver touchdown during the opening drive of the game. He was benched for the entirety of the game and finished with four carries for 14 yards (3.5 yards per carry) in a 34-31 victory.

Ridley has 576 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground this season. He'll look to break out of Bill Belichick's doghouse and get back on track in Week 13 in Houston.