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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:35:16 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley appears to be lighter and faster this offseason as he enters the final year of his rookie deal, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer. Ridley is expected to be the lead back in the team's backfield with RB LeGarrette Blount now with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley could return as a solid RB2 if he can hang onto the football. He's clearly more valuable in standard-scoring formats if he's able to regain the lead role and find the end zone frequently.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:34:44 -0700
The New England Patriots haven't approached RB Stevan Ridley, who is in the final year of his rookie deal, about a long-term contract extension, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer.
Thu, 05 Jun 2014 14:10:43 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is focused on playing mistake-free football and not his contract situation. Ridley is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Fantasy Tip: Relying on Ridley as anything more than a low-end No. 2 fantasy running back isn't advised. The Patriots will ride the hot hand, and Ridley has fell out of favor with Bill Belichick in the past for a lack of ball protection.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:23:51 -0700
New England Patriots RBs Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden are entering the final years of their contracts.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:28:11 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has been fined $5,250 for a uniform violation during the Divisional Round playoff game.
Sun, 12 Jan 2014 10:15:00 -0800
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount received 26 offensive snaps during the Divisional Round playoff game while RB Shane Vereen received 24 snaps and Stevan Ridley received 23 snaps.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:28:23 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was active and saw the field for 17 offensive snaps in the team's Week 14 game against the Cleveland Browns. He was used in a committee running back approach that included RBs Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley was the third back up in the rotation because his ball-security issues have put him in the doghouse. It's good to see him back, but Vereen is clearly the most valuable runner in this backfield, especially in PPR leagues. Ridley is a risky start moving forward.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 08:48:33 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is active for the team's Week 14 game.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley is back after being inactive for last week's game. Ridley's participation is not known at this point, but owners would be taking a big risk if they used him in their starting lineup this week.
Sun, 08 Dec 2013 06:24:41 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (healthy) is expected to play in the team's Week 14 game. Ridley was a healthy inactive in the team's Week 14 game.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:05:10 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was a healthy scratch for the Week 13 game against the Houston Texans, and he is at a crossroads with the team. Beat writer Mike Reiss says if Ridley isn't active against a two-win Houston team, there is little reason to believe, outside of an injury to another player, that Ridley will be a major factor down the stretch and into the playoffs.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:34:53 -0800
The New England Patriots have declared WR Aaron Dobson, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DL Jake Bequette, OT Marcus Cannon, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, RB Stevan Ridley, LB Steve Beauharnais inactive for Week 13.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 08:30:49 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has been declared inactive for the team's Week 13 game.
Fantasy Tip: Shane Vereen, Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount will be handling the reps at running back with Ridley out. Vereen should still be started in all leagues. Bolden and Blount could be flex options for desperate owners.
Sun, 01 Dec 2013 07:14:25 -0800
If New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is active in the team's Week 13 game, he is not expected to recieve much if any carries in the game.
Tue, 26 Nov 2013 09:43:52 -0800
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels still has confidence in RB Stevan Ridley. "I have great confidence in Stevan [Ridley] as a runner ... at the same time, ball security is the most important factor," McDaniels said.
Sun, 24 Nov 2013 18:47:57 -0800
New England Patriots RBs Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount each lost fumbles in the first half of the Week 12 game against the Denver Broncos, and they did not return to the field to finish up the first half.
Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:05:11 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley only played on six snaps after his lost fumble in the second quarter in Week 11. RB LeGarrette Blount played on 19 snaps.
Mon, 18 Nov 2013 20:59:56 -0800
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley fumbled on the team's second drive in the Week 11 game against the Carolina Panthers Monday, Nov. 18. He was kept on the sideline for 18 snaps before he was finally sent back into the game.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley has plenty of talent, but if he cannot hang onto the ball, he won't see much of the field, especially with Shane Vereen back from the Injured Reserve/designated to return list.
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 09:55:00 -0800
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did not bench RB Stevan Ridley after his fumble to open the second half in the team's Week 9 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers like he had earlier in the year. "I thought Stevan did a good job," Belichick said. "It was really a tremendous play by (Troy) Polamalu. He did a great job. Stevan caught the ball with his back to the defender. As he turned, Troy came in there and instead of making a tackle he was able to dislodge the ball. He anticipated Ridley turning up and Troy made a good play on it. I don't think Stevan really had much of a chance to do anything but turn. Sometimes turnovers are a result of real good defensive plays." Ridley ran for 60 more yards in the half and went over 100 yards rushing for the first time this year.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley has come on strong lately, and it's not a coincidence that it's happened with the returns of Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola. The return of Shane Vereen in Week 11 will complicate the backfield a bit, but i'll mainly hurt Brandon Bolden and not Ridley, as Ridley has rarely been involved in the passing attack.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:41:53 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is expected to play in the team's Week 6 game.
Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:13:51 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 11, and is listed as questionable for Week 6.
Fantasy Tip: It appears like Ridley will be able to play after sitting out the team's Week 5 game. He should be considered a risky starter this week because of the injury.
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 15:41:43 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Oct. 10.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 16:17:53 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Fantasy Tip: It's great news for Ridley owners that he's already practicing this week after sitting out in Week 5; he didn't practice at all last week. However, if he plays, he may be limited, and the Pats will likely continue to give Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount touches. Ridley is probably a flex play, at best, against the New Orleans Saints.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 15:58:34 -0700
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Fantasy Tip: Bolden had only five carries against a tough Cincinnati Bengals front line last week, but he also chipped in six catches for 40 yards. He effectively has the third-down role locked up, regardless of whether Stevan Ridley (knee) returns this week. Bolden should be owned in most leagues as long-term Ridley insurance. His main value comes in point-per-reception universes.
Wed, 09 Oct 2013 07:43:19 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) practiced Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Sun, 06 Oct 2013 08:31:04 -0700
The New England Patriots have declared WR Austin Collie, OG Chris Barker, WR Matt Slater, TE Rob Gronkowski, RB Stevan Ridley, LB Steve Beauharnais, CB Tavon Wilson inactive for Week 5.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:52:50 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Fantasy Tip: With Ridley out, LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden likely will receive increased snaps on offense. Blount should be considered a No. 3 running back or a flex option in most leagues because he likely will get a majority of the carries. Bolden could be a flex option in deeper leagues if he plays.
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 07:28:53 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is out of practice Friday, Oct. 4.
Fantasy Tip: He could still play in Week 5, but it's not looking good. LeGarrette Blount and Brandon Bolden should share the workload against the Cincinnati Bengals this weekend if Ridley doesn't play. Grab them off the waiver wire now, especially if you own Ridley.
Thu, 03 Oct 2013 07:37:59 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is out of practice again Thursday, Oct. 3.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:20:57 -0700
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 2, due to a knee ailment.
Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:57:18 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 2.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 21:48:51 -0700
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (knee) made his regular season debut in Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he played more than 25 snaps. He was used in a three-man rotation at tailback with RBs LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley. Blount led the team with 65 yards on 14 carries, while Bolden exploded for 51 yards on three totes, while adding five receptions and 49 yards. Ridley did little, going for just 35 yards in 11 runs.
Fantasy Tip: The situation was difficult enough to figure out before Bolden's arrival, but now fantasy owners have three RBs to sift through on the New England depth chart.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:25:53 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (shoulder), CB Alfonzo Dennard (ankle), WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring) and S Duron Harmon (hamstring) have been removed from the injury report this week.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:51:19 -0700
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) is expected to miss two to six weeks because of his groin injury.
Fantasy Tip: Amendola has dealt with injuries in the past, so this should not be a total surprise. Julian Edelman, Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson should become more involved in the passing, which will increase their fantasy value. The Patriots could also lean on their running game more with Stevan Ridley getting most of that work.
Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:08:41 -0700
New England Patriots TE Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) is looking like he might be inactive for the team's Week 2 game against the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 12.
Fantasy Tip: With Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) also out Thursday, Michael Hoomanawanui would be the Pats' starting tight end if Sudfeld doesn't start. Hoomanawanui should be ignored, though. With Danny Amendola (groin) also out, expect the Patriots to give a heavy workload to Stevan Ridley.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:34:35 -0700
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept 11, and is questionable for Week 2.
Fantasy Tip: Bolden could be in line for some carries if he is healthy enough to go, especially if Stevan Ridley continues to put the ball on the ground. Check back on his status before game time.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:07:25 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, and is probable for Week 2.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:04:56 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (shoulder) fully participated in practice Thursday, Sept. 10.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 12:40:45 -0700
The New England Patriots are expected to lean heavily on RB Stevan Ridley without RB Shane Vereen (wrist) in Week 2 against the New York Jets Thursday, Sept. 12. RBs Brandon Bolden (knee) and Leon Washington (thigh) are banged up, and RB LeGarrette Blount did very little with only seven carries in Week 1. Following each of the games that Ridley fumbled last year, he averaged 17.75 carries per game the following game.
Fantasy Tip: Vereen's injury is the best thing that could have happened for Ridley owners. If it weren't for that, Ridley could have taken a back seat to Vereen once again in Week 2. Expect a much different workload for Ridley this week against the Jets.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:36:54 -0700
A source said New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) is "almost certain" to miss the Week 2 game.
Fantasy Tip: The Patriots offense is in disarray with Shane Vereen (wrist) also out and Zach Sudfeld (hamstring) hurting. Stevan Ridley, Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are going to have a lot of pressure on them to produce. Tom Brady's value takes a big hit this week.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:35:55 -0700
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (wrist) will miss at least four weeks after undergoing surgery on the broken wrist he suffered Week 1.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley should be expected to return to the lead back role after losing touches to Vereen in Week 1. After that, Brandon Bolden is more attractive over LeGarrette Blount because of his upside.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 13:07:25 -0700
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels indicated the team has not decided what RB Stevan Ridley's role will be after he fumbled Week 1. "Stevan's got to do a better job of holding on to the football," McDaniels said. "He knows that. And we'll work hard with him on that."
Fantasy Tip: Even though he was benched Week 1, Ridley probably will receive a majority of the carries against the Jets in Week 2 because of Shane Vereen's injury. Ridley should be a solid No. 2 running back this week. Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount should also receive some playing time Week 2 but likely should not be in any fantasy starting lineups.
Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:50:32 -0700
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (wrist) will miss a few weeks after suffering a broken bone in his wrist in Week 1. He will undergo surgery Monday, Sept. 9.
Fantasy Tip: Vereen was impressive against the Buffalo Bills in Week 1, receiving more carries than an ineffective Stevan Ridley. This is good news for Ridley owners, at least over the next few weeks. LeGarrette Blount will back up Ridley for the time being.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:24:11 -0700
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen took advantage of a benching of RB Stevan Ridley in Week 1 against the Buffalo Bills, carrying 14 times for 101 yards. It was the first 100-yard rushing effort of his career.
Fantasy Tip: Vereen might be a popular selection off the waiver wire in Week 2, as Ridley was benched for fumbling twice in the first half. Still, despite the big day, Vereen is nothing more than a low-end RB2 or flex player if he draws the start.
Sun, 08 Sep 2013 18:22:41 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley fumbled in the second quarter of the Week 1 game against the Buffalo Bills, and he was benched for the balance of the game. He also fumbled in the first quarter. RB Shane Vereen stepped in and shined in Ridley's absence.
Fantasy Tip: Ridley is a shaky fantasy play going forward, partly due to his fumbles, and partly due to Vereen's success likely buying him a bigger role in Week 2. Consider him a flex play at best for next week.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 21:44:06 -0700
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce, WR Johnathan Haggerty, RB Stevan Ridley, WR Kenbrell Thompkins, RB Shane Vereen and RB Leon Washington all saw time on kickoff returns in practice Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:29:15 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (hamstring), TE Jake Ballard (ankle) and CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) were injured during OTA practice Tuesday, June 4. Ridley pulled up with a right hamstring injury. Ballard hurt his left ankle attempting to make a catch. Both sat out and watched the day's remaining workouts, but a source said both escaped serious injury. Dennard, meanwhile, was carted off after hurting his left shoulder during team drills.
Thu, 02 May 2013 19:14:19 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (concussion) said he is completely recovered from the concussion he suffered during the playoffs.
Thu, 02 May 2013 14:09:24 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley has added a "noticeable amount of muscle" this offseason.
Fantasy Tip: Jeff Howe said Ridley "looked like a house today" and "might be even more difficult to tackle in 2013. That'd be promising, considering his 4.5 yards-per-carry average in his young career; we'll provide further details if and when they become available.
Though New England still likes to mix up its RB distribution and added bruiser LeGarrette Blount last week, Ridley fits a feature-back mold. Plus, with a less-than-stellar wideout corps so far and injuries that could sideline TEs Rob Gronkowski (forearm) and Aaron Hernandez (shoulder), the Pats may run more in the early going. Ridley looks like a firm top-10 pick among RBs in fantasy drafts but likely won't yield the stats of one every week.
Sat, 27 Apr 2013 20:48:44 -0700
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is projected as the starting two-down running back, with RB Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount challenging for the top spot. RB Shane Vereen is projected as the team's third-down back, with newcomer RB Leon Washington challenging for the job.
Sun, 20 Jan 2013 18:14:52 -0800
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley (head) will not return after leaving the AFC Championship Game against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter due to a head injury.