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Stevan Ridley says he won’t pout over benching

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley reacts after fumbling the ball resulting in a Buffalo Bills touchdown during the first half of their NFL football game in Orchard Park Reuters

The Patriots were able to come back from 21-17 down in the second half to grab a 23-21 victory over the Bills.

They did it without much help from starting running back Stevan Ridley. Ridley had nine carries for 46 yards in the first half, but did not see the field after his fumble in the second quarter was returned for a touchdown by Bills safety Da’Norris Searcy. Ridley slipped on the play and lost the ball when he hit the ground, but replays showed he was not contacted by a Bills player before losing the ball. Ridley had gotten an earlier fumble overturned on replay, but he had no such luck the second time around and wound up with a seat on the bench as a result.

Shane Vereen had 101 yards on 14 carries and seven catches for 58 yards while picking up the slack for Ridley, a strong performance that led to questions for Ridley about whether he felt he needed to win the job back.

“Absolutely. Two turnovers, I was out of there the rest of the game,” Ridley said, via WEEI.com. “Hey, I’m not going to pout about it, just keep grinding.”

Ridley has fumbled five other times in his Patriots regular season career and twice more in the playoffs, losing four of them. It may not be an immediate return to the backfield for Ridley, but he’s going to get another shot at some point and the Patriots seem to be well-staffed at running back regardless of which of their top two backs is in the lineup.

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25 Responses to “Stevan Ridley says he won’t pout over benching”
  1. jtchernak says: Sep 8, 2013 6:49 PM

    I think it was a great decision to bench him, the ball is the most important thing! D bailed the patriots out today, Tom Brady had one of his poop days

  2. captainvilfo says: Sep 8, 2013 6:50 PM

    In his last 10 carries (including AFCCG) he has 3 fumbles. Ridley is lucky Bolden is on the bench otherwise he may not be getting another chance for a while.

  3. ososrule says: Sep 8, 2013 6:55 PM

    Owned by Vereen! So Happy I picked him up in FFL!

  4. strokinmyego says: Sep 8, 2013 7:12 PM

    The fumbles are a big problem for Ridley but his biggest problem is that Vereen seems to be every bit as capable as Ridley is as a runner and he’s a far superior pass catching option.

    At this point I believe Ridley will still play (he won’t be a healthy scratch) but I see his workload getting lessened. I see Vereen getting about 70% of the running back snaps this week with a combination of Ridley and Blount getting the other 30%.

    “Tom Brady had one of his poop days”

    First of all strong vocabulary. Are you a first or second grader? Secondly Brady was just fine. He had some mistakes (the fumbled snap, overthrow to Vereen etc.) but Thompkins just had no clue out there and seemed completely lost. The interception wasn’t even his fault, Sudfeld slipped and dropped the ball directly into a Bill’s defenders hands.

  5. dylude says: Sep 8, 2013 7:15 PM

    I started Vereen over Ridley.

    I’m not psychic. Just ballsy and lucky.

  6. verybadadvice12 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:34 PM

    @strokinmyego, Did you even watch the Patiots play? Vereen is no where near good ridley when it comes to a between the tackles rusher. He lacks the explosiveness of Ridley and does not attack the hole nearly hard enough. Vereen is more of a draw/cut back runner. When they took Ridley out the had to change there whole offense. When gronkowski gets healthy and they are running the two TE set they Need Ridley.

  7. thegronk87 says: Sep 8, 2013 7:45 PM

    i wonder if he’ll pout about the benching once he finds out it’s for the rest of the season.

  8. pastabelly says: Sep 8, 2013 7:45 PM

    Vereen was actually a higher draft pick than Ridley. It would be no major shock if he turns out to be the better player.

  9. patsfansknowitall says: Sep 8, 2013 8:07 PM

    Better hope Brady stays vertical. He took some punishment today. Without him this team is a B squad at best.

  10. strokinmyego says: Sep 8, 2013 8:09 PM

    “He lacks the explosiveness of Ridley and does not attack the hole nearly hard enough. Vereen is more of a draw/cut back runner. When they took Ridley out the had to change there whole offense. When gronkowski gets healthy and they are running the two TE set they Need Ridley.”

    Look I disagree but I’m not going to tell you what to think. Maybe Ridley is a stronger player between the tackles but with him fumbling every other carry he won’t be on the field.

    Brian Westbrook was an elite NFL running back without being particularly strong running between the tackles. Like Vereen he took a few years to develop and get going. I’m not saying Vereen is Westbrook but players can be successful in different ways. Unfortunately for Ridley consistently fumbling the ball is never a recipe for success.

  11. lanman11 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:20 PM

    Good attitude by Ridley. He’ll be back.

    Remember, Kevin Faulk was at one time, early in his career, thought to be a fumbler, and he turned into one of the most reliable runners/pass catchers/players they ever had.

  12. johnniemayes says: Sep 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    All the Patriots have are sub par running backs so they didn’t lose anything from the benching.

  13. verybadadvice12 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    I agree Westbrook was a great back but let’s be honest the Eagles didn’t run a power offense. Maybe that’s the route the Patriots will go and we will see more 3-4 wide receiver sets. I just don’t think we have the personal at WR currently. Thompkins looked real bad and Dobson is hurt. If they go away from Ridley I’d put more stock in Boldin then Vereen. Blount didn’t look impressive at all today I don’t think he knows how to break a tackle which is strange for a rb that weighs 250+ pounds

  14. fryeways says: Sep 8, 2013 8:30 PM

    Ridley doesn’t contribute in nearly as many ways as Faulk, whom Brady has said was the most knowledgable and best all-around player he’s known. But sure, Ridley will be back despite Vereen, Blount and Boldin being in his way.

  15. emoney12 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:30 PM

    Brady had a bad lost fumble. Why wasn’t he benched?

  16. noleitup says: Sep 8, 2013 8:33 PM

    damn the patriots. there gonna use vereen and ridley all year and keep blount fresh for the playoffs. I wish my bucs could collect talent and coach the way the pats do

  17. fearthehoody says: Sep 8, 2013 8:37 PM

    It will be a rough year for us. Not the cake walk most thought. Ridley will be as good as done once he fumbles again and there is a healthy Bolden to back Vereen

  18. flash1283 says: Sep 8, 2013 8:41 PM

    johnniemayes says:
    Sep 8, 2013 8:29 PM
    All the Patriots have are sub par running backs so they didn’t lose anything from the benching.


    Ridley was 7th in the NFL in rushing last season. Not sure how that is “sub par”.
    Another stupid comment from a hater.

  19. TheWizard says: Sep 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    Brady had a bad lost fumble. Why wasn’t he benched?

    If he had a history of it, he would have been.

    They guy has shown that he can mostly play half decent, so he stays in there.

  20. bigdaddy44 says: Sep 8, 2013 9:22 PM

    This just highlights how valuable BJGE was, never coughing up the ball.

  21. dankpuffalot says: Sep 8, 2013 9:24 PM

    Vereen and Bolden had butter fingers all preseason so cool it on the Frismon Jackson esque hype on Vereen. They do need Vereen to move around formation since WR are awful outside of Amendola. They needed Ridley to pound it in at goal line before Brady fumble so Bill sending a message almost cost Pats the game.

  22. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2013 9:25 PM

    I think Bolden is the best back on the team. I also like Vereen in a Faulk/Woodhead sort of role, catching passes or running draws on 3rd down. At this point, I just don’t see how you can trust Ridley. This is the 3rd or 4th time he’s been benched for putting the ball on the ground. Plus/minus, for my money, is one of the most important stats in FB, and the Pats do a great job with that, usually. It almost cost them today. When Bolden is healthy, I’m not sure they can trust Ridley to be the main back. Maybe we’ll see GWinn back on the practice squad this wk.

  23. zyklonb2013 says: Sep 9, 2013 1:18 AM

    Why is a white player like Tim Tebow cut right away and not allowed to develop and learn a system….. but black players like Stevan Ridley are just allowed to fumble away over and over and over again till they “hopefully” get it right ?

  24. AngryHumanoid says: Sep 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    zyklonb2013 says:
    Sep 9, 2013 1:18 AM
    Why is a white player like Tim Tebow cut right away and not allowed to develop and learn a system….. but black players like Stevan Ridley are just allowed to fumble away over and over and over again till they “hopefully” get it right ?

    —————————————————

    Are you sure you’re a football fan? Tebow was in the NFL for 3 years, in that time he “developed” into a sub par QB. In the pre-season this year he did not do good enough to beat the other backup QB for a spot on the roster. Maybe on a roster with 2 backup QB’s he’d have stayed, but the Patriots keep 1 backup QB, that’s it.

    Ridley, on the other hand, turnover issues aside, is far better at his position than Tebow was at his. Last year he had 82 first down rushes which ranked 3rd in the league amongst all NFL running backs, and he was 7th in rushing overall in the NFL. The fumbles are, hopefully, a temporary issue. He will either fix whatever the problem is and continue as an NFL player or he won’t and he won’t.

    Also, you are a freaking idiot for bringing race into this, but I decided to dismantle the other aspect of your argument first.

  25. bighurt228 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:15 PM

    I think it’s time to get Boldin some reps between the tackles. When he’s healthy I’d give him the ball and see how it works. He had a great start last year before his suspension, then fell off the charts with injuries. Maybe it was the PED’S , but seems now might be the time to find out. With Ridleys costly fumbling, he’s just dropping down the depth chart, and for good reason. Vereen is a great change of pace, who you can split out at times, or catch out of the backfield. He has a lot of upside and it’s time his reps should increase.

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