Rookie RB Stevan Ridley rushed 14 times for 84 yards and added three receptions for 27 yards against the Bucs in the Patriots' second preseason game.
It's Ridley second straight game over 100 total yards, though the performance was mixed this time. Playing exclusively with the second-team offense, Ridley lost a fumble on a fourth-and-inches. On the flip side, he continues to show agile feet, power, and smooth hands. He has the talent to push BenJarvus Green-Ellis, though the latter is clearly ahead at this point.
Third-round rookie RB Stevan Ridley rushed 16 times for 64 yards and two touchdowns and added seven receptions for 47 yards and another score against the Jaguars in the preseason opener.
Meet your Thursday night MVP. Ridley isn't just a power back, showing a nice wiggle, soft hands, RAC ability, and goal-line drive. He has three-down skills, but seems likely to be ticketed for a short-yardage and four-minute offense role in New England. Just bear in mind the starters didn't play and Ridley touched the ball 23 times. He has to do some depth-chart climbing. This was a solid first step. Fellow rookie Shane Vereen missed the game with a hamstring injury. Aug 11, 10:39 PM
Anybody impressed with this dude? Do you think he can make a climb up the depth chart by mid season and be another impact player on the Pats next season?