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The Boston Globe's Chad Finn said it is too early to "bury" Stevan Ridley.

Nine fumbles over the last two seasons have earned Ridley several extended stays in Bill Belichick's doghouse, but necessity should dictate Ridley gets at least one more shot. The departure of LaGarrette Blount has left the Patriots' "big back" cupboard bare and left Ridley as clearly the most talented option to fill the role. He is a prime bounce-back candidate.

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The Patriots have had no extension talks with contract-year RB Stevan Ridley.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 2 Months

Walk-year RB Stevan Ridley says he isn't thinking about his contract.

Ridley said he's focused on "(going) out there and (being) mistake-free." Ridley was highly productive between Weeks 4-11 last season, but completely lost coach Bill Belichick's trust with fumbles, and was barely used in the postseason. It's good news that LeGarrette Blount has moved on to Pittsburgh, but Ridley will be on an extremely short leash as the Pats' "big" back.

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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss still sees upside in Stevan Ridley.

Reiss concedes that Ridley has been an "error repeater," referring to his nine fumbles across the last two seasons (including playoffs). But with LeGarrette Blount gone, Brandon Bolden a replacement-level talent and James White in his rookie year, the Patriots almost have to give Ridley a significant role. He's an ideal inside-running complement to passing back Shane Vereen. Ridley projects as an ADP steal as long as he can hold on to the football.

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Stevan Ridley was held to 17 yards on five carries as the Patriots fell to the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.

The Patriots' offense went nowhere on their first two drives. They inserted Ridley on the third and finally generated some ball movement, though primarily via the pass. LeGarrette Blount remained the lead back and Shane Vereen was utilized the most, especially after New England fell behind 10-0 in the second quarter. Ridley is under contract cheaply through 2014 and he turns 25 later this month. Ball-security woes have been a major drain on his fantasy stock, but we expect Ridley to get another shot at 2014 bellcow duties. LeGarrette Blount is a free agent.

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Stevan Ridley rushed 14 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns in New England's Divisional Round win over the Colts.

Ridley again came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, but was an important part of the Patriots' power attack, earning yards in the same tough-minded fashion as Blount. Ridley used excellent second efforts to find pay dirt on both of his scores. He'll be in for another 12-15 touch day in next Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 7 Months

Stevan Ridley rushed 12 times for 74 yards in New England's Week 17 win over the Bills.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 7 Months

Stevan Ridley rushed eight times for 34 yards in New England's Week 15 loss to the Dolphins.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Ridley once again came off the bench behind LeGarrette Blount, but the Patriots rotated their "big backs" thereafter. Blount finished with 12 touches to Ridley's eight. The closest Ridley got the ball to the end zone was the Dolphins' 15-yard line. Although he's peeked his head out, Ridley is still very much in the doghouse, and should remain in a rotation for Week 16. He can't be trusted in fantasy championships against the Ravens.

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Stevan Ridley played on 17-of-82 snaps in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports Stevan Ridley is expected to be active for Week 14 against the Browns.

Multiple media outlets have had similar reports, including ESPN's Adam Schefter, ESPN Boston, and Ridley was a healthy scratch last week but should play a minor role as LeGarrette Blount's backup at the "big back" position on early downs. Ridley is not a fantasy option for Week 14.