RB Stevan Ridley - New York Jets
|5-10, 225||Born: 1-27-1989||College: LSU||Drafted: Round 3|
SummaryComing off a brutal knee injury which shortened his 2014 and it's possible he could start the season (or at least camp) on the PUP list as he is just five and a half months from ACL/MCL surgery. Ridley is a power back who runs hard between the tackles but doesn't tend to contribute much in the passing game or on third down. He's going to be at a severe disadvantage in carving out carries for himself if he misses camp. Both Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy can do what he does, and if they get a whole camp while he is out, he might struggle to crack the rotation. As it stands, he may split carries with one or both of the others as he eases back into full-time work. Ridley has ability, but the backfield is way too crowded to rely on him anytime soon. (May 16)
FBG Staff RankingsRB Redraft - 52, 34, 38, 41, 44, 45, 45, 46
RB Redraft PPR - 56, 38, 41, 42, 45, 46, 47
RB Dynasty - 57, 47, 49, 50, 56, 69
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Latest NewsJets | Stevan Ridley to be ready for training camp (Thu May 21, 05:30 PM) - New York Jets RB Stevan Ridley (knee) should be healthy enough for training camp as he continues to recover from knee surgery. Head coach Todd Bowles said Ridley is not ready for team drills, but participated in positional drills. Our View: Ridley is going to have to wait to prove himself until training camp. The veteran back will have to prove his value over guys like Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy. The Jets should run the ball quite a bit in order to help keep defenses honest for third-year quarterback Geno Smith.
link to story Jets | Running back situation up in the air (Thu May 21, 02:51 PM) - New York Jets coach Todd Bowles said his team's running back situation may take until the preseason to sort out. RB's Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, Zac Stacy, Stevan Ridley and Daryl Richardson all have experience at the position, but no one has broken out yet. Our View: Bowles has no attachment to any of the previous regime's running backs - we're looking at you Powell and Ivory - but Ridley is coming off a significant leg injury and Stacy faded during last year. There's room for everyone to get carries which hurts everyone's value right now. Until we see how things shake out more in camp, this is a situation to avoid.
link to story Jets | NYJ to run more in 2015? (Tue May 19, 02:14 PM) - New York Jets RBs Chris Ivory, Stevan Ridley, Zac Stacy and others could be busy this season, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said the reason he hired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey is because he has a track record of being able to run the ball, at least in his college coaching days. Bowles supposedly prefers a balanced, ball-control offense, which puts more of the onus on the running backs. Our View: There's a huge question mark at quarterback (Geno Smith, Ryan Fitzpatrick) so it's wise for the Jets to lean on their rushing attack. Through free agency and trades they have compiled quite a group of backs led by Ivory. We believe in offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, and he could make Ivory a value add for fantasy owners. Ivory's current ADP is RB35 (8.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
link to story Jets | Stevan Ridley to be limited in OTAs (Tue May 19, 01:25 PM) - New York Jets RB Stevan Ridley (knee) will be a limited participant in organized team activities, which begin Tuesday, May 19. Our View: Ridley is still coming back from surgery to repair an ACL injury. He's going to be limited up to training camp. At that time, we could see him put in more time as he'll be closer to 100 percent. The backfield is jam-packed, especially after the Jets traded the Rams for Zac Stacy. Ridley will have to prove his value in a group that includes Stacy, Chris Ivory, Daryl Richardson and Bilal Powell.
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