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RB Stevan Ridley - New England Patriots

5-10, 225Born: 1-27-1989College: LSUDrafted: Round 3

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): The Patriots were able to play a defense/running game based game script in the blowout win over Minnesota. The usage will be unpredictable from week-to-week, but at least this week against Oakland (and any week that the Patriots are a strong favorite) will bring good numbers from Ridley.

Week 3: vs Oakland Raiders

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Shane Vereen ruled the roost in Week 1 (13/76/1 rushing with 6/35/0 receiving to date), but Stevan Ridley was the man in Week 2 (33/122/81 rushing with 2/7/0 receiving so far) - welcome to the fun-house that is the Patriots nightmare running-back-by-committee. As you can see, Vereen is the more valuable player in PPR leagues, while Ridley is a grind-it-out option for New England. Good luck figuring out which guy will be featured on any given weekend, though. The Raiders' rush D is AWFUL, as in historically bad. To date, they've averaged 200 yards rushing allowed per game, with two rushing scores handed out to date. Most recently, Houston blasted this group for 46/188/1 rushing. Advantage, New England.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at MIA 8 21 0 2 2 7 0 0
2 at MIN 25 101 1 0 0 0 0 0
3 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds 19 * * 1 * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay 19 * * 1 * * *
3 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom 19 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs MIA (8 / 21 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Although Stevan Ridley showed decent burst as he always does, two things worked against him in Week 1. One, the offensive line was absolutely horrid, and made life tough for him to gain anything. Two, the Patriots absolutely abandoned the run in the second half, going into pass-happy mode. When that happens, Ridley never sees the field, as his running mate Shane Vereen is a much better pass catcher and pass protector. Ridley did see a goal line carry, but couldn't cash in. Ridley will likely be an inconsistent performer over the course of the season from a numbers standpoint, as his output will be dictated by game flow and score.

2014 Week 2 vs MIN (25 / 101 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In a game dictated by the defense and running game, Stevan Ridley showed up with much more productivity in Week 2 versus Week 1. For starters, because of the double digit lead by halftime, Ridley was called upon more than usual to tote the rock and control the game flow. Run blocking was better this go around than versus the Dolphins, allowing him slightly more room to operate. As is normally the case, Ridley showed solid burst, and had a better second half than first. Notably, Ridley had several goal line carries, and though he was stuffed on a few of them, he did cash in a touchdown run from inches away. The 25 carries Ridley saw are more likely to be the exception rather than the norm, as the name of the game on this week was controlling the line of scrimmage and dictating game flow rather than a hurry up or shootout style of game.


Latest News

Patriots | Shane Vereen dominates snaps (Mon Sep 8, 08:49 AM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen rushed seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown Week 1. He also had five catches for 35 yards. He played in 71 percent of the snaps in Week 1. RB Stevan Ridley had eight rushes for 21 yards and two catches in Week 1 while playing in 26 percent of the snaps.

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