25-Year-Old Running Back – New England Patriots
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
For Ridley, 2013 was a tale of three seasons. He was quiet for the first four weeks of the year, then missed Week 5 with a knee injury. He returned in Week 6 with a flourish, starting a five-game touc...
Stevan Ridley Contract Information:
Signed to a four-year, $2.9 million contract with the Patriots in July of 2011.
Ridley (knee) will have surgery Tuesday to repair the torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, The Boston Herald reports.
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Stevan Ridley: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ridley is out for the season, and given that he's in the final year of his rookie contract, it's quite possible that he has played his last snap for the Patriots. In his absence, the team will turn to some combination of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, and James White, with Jonas Gray a candidate to be promoted from the Patriots' practice squad. Given that the team will likely employ a committee approach at running back starting Thursday against the Jets, neither of the team's backs are sure things this week, though Bolden and White are worthy of speculative pickups, with Vereen presumably already rostered in most cases.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Those who have been relying on Ridley (who is feared to have suffered a torn ACL) are advised to look into lining up a replacement for him, with some combination of Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden, and James White on hand to absorb his carries for the Patriots, and Jonas Gray a candidate to be promoted from the team's practice squad. While Bolden's size (5-11, 220) would suggest that he's most suited to do the heavy lifting in Ridley's absence, we suspect that the team could elect to employ more of a committee approach to fill the void, starting with Thursday's game against the Jets.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Though fellow RB Shane Vereen is unlikely to be available in most leagues, Ridley owners scrambling for a replacement may want to look into securing Brandon Bolden and/or James White.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Prior to sustaining his injury, Ridley had 10 carries for 23 yards, and with the Patriots playing again on Thursday against the Jets, he looks pretty iffy for Week 7. If Ridley is forced to miss time, Shane Vereen would figure to see a boost in carries, with James White (who was inactive Sunday) and Brandon Bolden also candidates to see added touches.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ridley had more or less the best season one could hope for – from a two-down back. He saw 290 carries last year as the Patriots offense exploited his power brand of running and saw much of the work from in close – 11 of his 12 TD runs (3rd) came from inside the 10-yard line. In fact the Patriots fed him 31 carries inside the 10 and 19 inside the five (both second only to Arian Foster). Ridley is not a receiving threat (only six catches all year), and this season he could have increased competition for carries. Shane Vereen likely will fill the change-of-pace role in a backfield that also includes Brandon Bolden, Leon Washington and LeGarrette Blount, who could steal some of Ridley's short-yardage work. And that's assuming Vereen – or one of the others – doesn't eventually take his job outright. On the plus side, Ridley did a competent job last year, is the incumbent and will again benefit from playing on a team that has no trouble putting its players in a position to score touchdowns. At press time, Ridley confirmed he's not suffering any lingering effects from the blow to the head that knocked him out of last year’s playoff game and has reportedly added some extra muscle this offseason to bolster his rugged running style.
Ridley scored just one touchdown and caught only three passes as a rookie last year, but he also got 5.1 YPC and is looking at a bigger workload in 2012 with BenJarvus Green-Ellis gone. Ridley’s 3.1 YPC after contact would have tied for fifth best had he qualified, while Green-Ellis ranked 58th among backs in the category. If a lead back ever emerged in this New England offense, his upside would be through the roof, which is why Ridley is worth gambling on. But the team’s running-back-by-committee philosophy probably won’t change anytime soon. Moreover, Ridley converted none of his five goal-line attempts for scores last year, something upon which he’d have to improve to see more work there.
While BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been serviceable, it’s clear coach Bill Belichick wants more from his running backs, as he spent both a second- and third-round pick on the position, the latter being Ridley out of LSU. Ridley doesn’t have a ton of speed, but he’s a big back who should complement fellow rookie Shane Vereen well. Ridley can help on special teams immediately, and as the only other big back on New England’s roster, he could compete with Green-Ellis for some early down and short-yardage work. Ridley’s a sleeper, but the Patriots will most likely institute a running back by committee.