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

Ridley Me This….


 

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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  • PatsFanSD

    Really excited to see what a full off-season can do for him. I wish they had decided to go with him  more last year, but I can see how it would be hard to give the ball to a guy who couldn’t secure it when you’ve got Mr “i’ve never ever fumbled ever” sitting right there. Well, no more shadows this year!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    if you all get matt forte out there, it is going to be one high-scoring offense. Not that it hasn’t been that way for a while, but it would be even more lethal. 
     
    who needs defense when your team will score on every possession.