Stevan Ridley RB NE 1 Month

Ridley gained 28 yards on eight carries in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Shane Vereen got the start and dominated the first-half workload as the Patriots went with a fairly pass-heavy approach. Ridley and James White were both worked in with the first-team offense, but White had just two touches while the starters were still in the game. Though Ridley remains the favorite to handle the goal-line work and lead the team in carries, he's once again a risky proposition. Shane Vereen could easily end up playing more snaps, and White looms as a threat to further eat into Ridley's touches. On the flip side, Ridley should see quite a bit of work when the Patriots are nursing a lead or near the goal line, and both of those things figure to happen quite often.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 1 Month

Ridley started and gained 45 yards on nine carries in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Ridley, James White and Shane Vereen all saw work with the first-team offense, and while White didn't do much with his carries, Ridley did himself no favors by putting the ball on the ground. Ridley may have been been down, and the Patriots recovered, but the play was his last of the game. While it may be the case that he was already about to be taken out, Ridley is giving his fantasy owners cause for concern. His fumbles were an issue last season, when he was benched for an entire game in Week 13, and then used as part of a three-headed backfield down the stretch. Ridley still has plenty of upside, but Friday's game only reinforced that he's a high-risk, high-reward pick.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 1 Month

Ridley carried twice for two yards in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington.

Ridley drew the start Thursday, and while there's not much to be gleaned from his two carries in the game, the Boston Herald suggests that Ridley maintains a hold on the Patriots' starting rushing job for now, with Shane Vereen and James White also both candidates to see their share of touches in the team's offense.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 3 Months3 Comments

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.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 3 Months1 Comment

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

Stevan Ridley RB NE 4 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.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 4 Months

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.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months

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.

Stevan Ridley RB NE 8 Months

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 9 Months

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