By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 2:20am EDT
Patriot's RB Stevan Ridley rushed 8 times for 28 yards in the Patriot's 30-7 win over the Panthers on Friday night.
Fantasy Impact: While fellow RB Shane Vereen started the game and scored twice in the outing, it's encouraging that Ridley didn't fumble. Ridley will likely hold onto his early-down-back role for now, but with rookie James White breathing down his neck, he needs to keep his ball-control issues in check.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Tue, Aug 19th 1:06pm EDT
The Patriots RB said he got a "sick feeling" watching footage of his fumble during the team's game against the Eagles on Friday. He added he's "still trying to figure out" what he can change to fix his ball-control problems,and that he'll "try not to have the issue" going forward. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: While Friday night's fumble was questionable, and Ridley may very well have been ruled down if the Patriot's had challenged, he definitely has some serious ball-control issues. Even though he may be the most skilled runner on the roster, with Bill Belichick in charge, Ridley's playing time will be directly connected to how often he loses the football. With Shane Vereen eating up passing-downs snaps, and rookie James White breathing down his neck, Ridley could be on a very short leash this year.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 10:49pm EDT
Ridley started the game, and ran nine times for 45 yards before fumbling in the second-quarter, ending his night. (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: Bill Belichick commented that Ridley's fumble "was close," and could have potentially been overturned. Either way, Ridley needs to prove he's fixed his ball-control issues before Week 1, or rookie James White could potentially challenge him for playing time.
By John Aubin, Patriots Correspondent, Wed, Aug 13th 10:01pm EDT
Stevan Ridley got most of his repetitions with the second-team offense on Wednesday. James White got a number of carries with Brady and the first-team offense, as did Shane Vereen. White has impressed the Patriots coaching staff and his own teammates this summer, and his move up the depth chart may have implications for Ridley's use. (Source: CSN NE
Fantasy Impact: It will be interesting to see who gets the first team reps in the upcoming game versus Philadelphia. Ridley got the start in the first preseason game but only had 2 carries. Ridley's ADP has been dropping and I do think there will be a battle between the two running backs. Be cautious in early drafts if you are thinking of picking up Ridley as an RB1 or RB2. This could turn out to be an intriguing competition between White and Ridley.
By Jeff Moore, Patriots Correspondent, Fri, Aug 8th 12:13pm EDT
Ridley carried the ball twice for 2 yards against the Redskins defense. He was removed after the first series.
Fantasy Impact: With rookie RB James White getting all the hype in training camp, the start is a good sign for Ridley's value. While his stat line is nothing impressive, as long as he avoids any huge mistakes and holds onto the football, he should begin the season as the Pat's starter and early-down running back.
By Kevin Kim, Patriots Correspondent, Mon, Aug 4th 11:35am EDT
Michael Vega of the Boston Globe reports that Ridley is stepping up as a leader in training camp. (Source: Boston Globe
Fantasy Impact: Ridley is being viewed as a veteran in a young, explosive Patriots RB committee. It looks like Ridley is the frontrunner for the Pats starting job, and once this is confirmed his 66 ECR will go up.
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