Stevan Ridley
Stevan Ridley
30-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Stevan Ridley in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $790,000 contract with the Steelers in March of 2018.
Starting to show his age
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 1, 2019
Ridley did not play in Pittsburgh's 16-13 win over Cincinnati in Week 17.
The unrestricted free agent finished the 2018 season with 80 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, adding three catches (on four targets) for 18 yards in 10 games. That is a long way from the 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns he had in 2012 with New England. At 29 years old, Ridley has lost a step, and with Jaylen Samuels (22 years old) emerging as the primary backup to James Conner (23 years old), it remains to be seen whether Ridley will return to Pittsburgh next season.
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How do Stevan Ridley's 2018 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
Positive Run %
% Yds After Contact
Avg Yds After Contact
Rushing TD %
Touches Per Game
% Snaps w/Touch
Air Yards Per Game
Air Yards Per Snap
% Team Air Yards
% Team Targets
Avg Depth of Target
2.8 Yds
Catch Rate
Drop Rate
Avg Yds After Catch
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Stevan Ridley's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
5' 11"
220 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
Cone Drill
6.78 sec
Vertical Jump
36.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Bench Press
18 reps
Hand Length
9.25 in
Arm Length
31.88 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
After showing flashes of his days with New England over the final two games of the 2017 season, Pittsburgh inked Ridley to a one-year deal. Le'Veon Bell remains the only viable fantasy option at running back on the team, and even if Bell were to miss significant playing time due to an injury, the backfield is fairly crowded with James Conner, Fitzgerald Toussaint and rookie Jaylen Samuels all ahead of Ridley on the depth chart.
Not long ago, Ridley was the thunder to New Englanda's ever-diverse backfield, totaling 2,036 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns between 2012 and 2013. He tore his ACL in 2014 and has yet to fully get back into the swing of things, notching just 40 touches in 2015 with the Jets and three in Atlanta in 2016. Early reports from camp are that Ridley has shown a bit of his old self. The problem is the numbers game. Ridley is probably competing with Jamaal Charles for a roster spot and even if Ridley emerges victorious, he might get bumped once Devontae Booker returns from his wrist injury early in the season.
In and out of Bill Belichick's fumbling doghouse for years, Ridley finally left New England for the rival Jets in 2015, but only lasted one year in New York. Subsequently, he then tried-out for the Lions in an effort to beat out Zach Zenner for Detroit's 'big-back' role, but ultimately fell short and was released halfway through the preseason. He'll now look to stick with the Colts as a depth back behind starter Frank Gore.
Ridley's 2014 got off to a solid start as he had 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. When healthy, Ridley runs with good burst and vision, though his upright style limits the power implied by his 5-11, 220-pound frame. He also doesn't have much speed or elusiveness and isn't an asset as a receiver, restricting his value primarily to early downs. The Jets, looking for backfield depth (and perhaps more insight into the playbook of a hated division rival), signed Ridley to a one-year deal, but he still needs to prove in training camp he's fully recovered from knee surgery. Even if Ridley comes back strong, new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey emphasizes spread formations and the passing game, so Ridley could be little more than insurance for Chris Ivory in a crowded backfield.
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.
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Disappointing performance
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 23, 2018
Ridley carried the ball three times for four yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 31-28 loss to the Saints.
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Watches teammate explode in win
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 16, 2018
Ridley ran three times for 16 yards during Sunday's 17-10 win over New England.
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In line for expanded role
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 15, 2018
Ridley could see his role expand with the news that James Conner (ankle) is not expected to play Sunday against the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Upcoming role uncertain
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 14, 2018
Ridley's role in the Steelers offense could take a hit with James Conner (ankle) questionable for Sunday's contest against the Patriots, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
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Scores first touchdown this season
RBPittsburgh Steelers
December 9, 2018
Ridley carried five times for four yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-21 loss to Oakland.
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