Oct 2, 2011; Oakland, CA, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) scores on a 33-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. The Patriots defeated the Raiders 31-19. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

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We all know that the pass is used to set up the run, and this season that running game should fall squarely on the shoulders of #22, Stevan Ridley. Drafted in the third round out of LSU, Ridley was used as the Patriots #2 back behind a solid BenJarvus Green-Ellis during the 2012 season.

W e know Danny Woodhead is lethal in the red zone. Also, let us not forget about Shane Vereen who showed some SERIOUS promise before being sidelined with injury. Ridley, however, has already proven his ability as both a great change of pace type of back, and a guy that can carry the workload. His explosive speed in the open field helped lead him to average of 5.1 yds per carry. His breakout game of this (his rookie) season was against the Oakland Raiders. In that game he had 97 yards on 10 carries which included this 33 yd TD run.

He’s got breakaway speed, good vision and the strength to break tackles. Couple this with his ability to catch the ball and we may be looking at a Kevin Faulk 2.0, and who WOULDN’T want that on their team? (That extra eligible receiver for Tom Brady doesn’t hurt either…)

The only glaring issue during his rookie campaign was his problem securing the football, but this is a correctable issue. With a full off-season to work with the coaching staff, expect to see a marked improvement during his 2012 endeavor.

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