26-Year-Old Running Back – New York Jets
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Ridley's 2014 got off to a solid start as he picked up two 100-yard rushing games in the first five weeks, but a torn ACL and MCL in Week 6 ended his season and eventually his tenure as a Patriot. Whe...
Stevan Ridley Contract Information:
Signed with the Jets in April of 2015.
Ridley (knee) is unsure if he'll be ready to practice when Jets training camp begins in late July, NJ.com reports.
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Stevan Ridley: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ridley was reportedly moving well Wednesday, which is certainly a positive sign for a player coming off knee surgery. He remains on track to be ready to go when training camp begins in July.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ridley had already met with the Dolphins and Redskins this offseason, but New York will be his final landing spot. The 26-year-old back played just six games in 2014 before suffering a season-ending ACL injury, but had collected a career-low 3.6 yards per carry over that span. Ridley will have to earn his role during camp, competing with the likes of Chris Ivory and Bilial Powell for reps in the backfield.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Washington would be one of the worst places for Ridley to establish any kind of value, given that the Redskins already have an early-down workhorse in Alfred Morris. While the team does figure to pursue another running back through free agency and/or the draft, it would be surprising if they devote significant resources to a player who doesn't offer much in the passing game. Should he ultimately sign in Washington, Ridley would probably just be a handcuff for Morris in most leagues.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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 touchdown streak in which he found paydirt seven times. But, fumbling issues caught up with him and he ended up being benched in Week 13 before returning in a limited role for the rest of the season, ceding carries to LeGarrette Blount. Ridley's value lies in his ability to grind out yards between the tackles – something he's done effectively throughout his career – and make things happen at the goal line. However, he's near-useless as a receiver and lacks the high-end speed to outrun corners and safeties. Despite all that, Ridley enters 2014 as the projected lead back for the Pats' always-steady Tom Brady-led offense. He'll need to curb his fumbling issues – he's put it on the ground eight times in the last two years – but if Bill Belichick feels he can be trusted not to fumble, he'll get all the early-down carries he can handle as the only back on this team who's well suited for that role. Ridley will, however, certainly cede third-down duties to electric backfield receiver Shane Vereen, and rookie James White will likely get involved somehow. Nonetheless, Ridley has all the opportunity in the world to return to the 200-plus carries and consistent goal-line work his fantasy owners enjoyed two years ago.
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.