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.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months4 Comments

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 MassLive.com. 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.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months2 Comments

Stevan Ridley is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Ridley was a healthy inactive last week due to his fumbling issues. It's not known what kind of role he'll be given if he manages to play, but he'll likely be behind early down back LeGarrett Blount for carries and can't be trusted in the fantasy playoffs. Shane Vereen remains the only Patriots running back worth starting in Week 14.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months20 Comments

The "gut feeling" of ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss is that Stevan Ridley's days as the Patriots' lead back are "probably over."

Reiss believes Ridley's time with the Patriots has "officially reached a crossroads." It's important to emphasize that this is just Reiss' gut feeling, but he follows the Patriots as close, if not closer, than anyone in the business. Speaking about his production meeting with coach Bill Belichick during Sunday's telecast, CBS' Dan Dierdorf said Belichick's "intolerance has reached the boiling point when it comes to turnovers." At the very least, Ridley is going to be staring at a reserve role if he's active for Week 14. It's quite possible he'll be a healthy scratch for the second consecutive week. Ridley can't be trusted for the fantasy playoffs.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months13 Comments

Coach Bill Belichick says Sunday's benching of Stevan Ridley wasn't about sending a message, but putting the Patriots in the best position to win.

"If I have a message to send to somebody, I'll just sit down and talk to them and tell them what it is," Belichick said in Monday's presser. "This isn't cryptic. ... Along with every other decision on the team that I make, (the inactive players are) made with what gives our team, in our opinion, the best opportunity to win on Sundays." Taking Belichick at his word, it means he thinks fellow fumbler LeGarrette Blount gives the Pats a better chance to win than Ridley, but we digress. With the Pats' backfield now in all-out Lord of the Flies mode, it's going to be awfully hard to trust anyone other than Shane Vereen for fantasy purposes in Week 14.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months4 Comments

Stevan Ridley is inactive for Week 13 against the Texans.

As is Aaron Dobson (foot). It's fairly surprising that Ridley is straight up inactive, but he was never likely to be in for a big role against the Texans after losing his third fumble in three games last week. Passing-down/hurry-up back Shane Vereen figures to lead the Patriots' backfield in touches, while Brandon Bolden should operate as the primary "big back" in Ridley's absence. Fellow fumbler LeGarrette Blount will likely be mixed in, but only Bolden is worth FLEX consideration. Bolden isn't a desperation option, as there's a good chance he'll find pay dirt. As for Ridley, this will likely be in the only week he's inactive, but he's a long way away from reclaiming starting duties. Also inactive for the Pats are CB Alfonzo Dennard, LB Steve Beauharnais, DE Jake Bequette, TE Michael Hoomanawanui and OT Marcus Cannon.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months6 Comments

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Stevan Ridley is not expected to play much on Sunday against the Texans if he's even active.

Ridley is no lock to even suit up for Week 13 after he's lost fumbles in three straight games. It'd be a bit of a surprise if he was a healthy scratch, but we agree with Schefter that Ridley is probably third in line for "big back" carries. He's behind Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount, while Shane Vereen is the obvious passing-down back. Ridley is off the Week 13 fantasy radar.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months15 Comments

Patriots OC Josh McDaniels spoke about Stevan Ridley's fumbling issues on Tuesday, but shed little light on his Week 13 status.

"When things happen like this, in back-to-back games - or in this case a few games in a row - I think you certainly have to address what you can address in terms of trying to fix the problem," McDaniels said obliquely. "I have great confidence in Stevan as a runner. ... At the same time, obviously, ball security is the most important factor for our offense and for our team when we have the ball." McDaniels is talking in circles, but what he didn't say - we're moving forward with Ridley as our No. 1 back - speaks volumes. ESPN Boston expects a three-man rotation at the Patriots' "big back" position against the Texans, and we agree. It's quite possible Brandon Bolden will lead the way, with Ridley and fellow fumbler LeGarrettte Blount being mixed in lightly. It's impossible to see the Pats trusting Ridley in the red zone, leaving him as a low-end FLEX option.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months2 Comments

ESPN Boston expects a rotation at the Patriots' "big back" position for the short-term future.

Beat writer Mike Reiss states the obvious, saying "the days of [Stevan] Ridley playing a running back-high 45 percent of the offensive snaps, as he did last year, are over. Too risky." Ridley has lost fumbles in consecutive games and has now coughed it up four times on the season. LeGarrette Blount has also had fumble issues and Brandon Bolden is a backup-caliber player. Ridley is likely to still get some chances, but he probably won't start and is unlikely to get chances red-zone situations for now. Passing back Shane Vereen is the only Patriots runner we'd feel comfortable starting against the Texans Sunday.