Slowly, Stevan Ridley is rebuilding the faith the Patriots coaches have in him.
But the running back said Thursday it hasn’t been easy, and it’s the kind of career crossroads that made him realize he was the cause of his own problems.
“For me, it wasn’t what I wanted, but I know why I got there,” Ridley said, via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. “It wasn’t like the coaches just woke up and decided, ‘Hey let’s bench Stevan Ridley today.’ I put myself there. For me, it’s about not letting past mistakes hold you down. I think that life brings you that. You’re going to have adversity. You’re going to have stuff you have to go through. It’s how you bounce back as a person.
“I love what I do. I love the sport that I play. God put me here. For me, I can’t sit on the past, whether it’s success or it’s something that I don’t want. For me it’s focusing on these upcoming weeks. If we finish this year the way we want to finish this year, nobody will really remember what happened in the past, but it’s going to take a total team effort. It’s not just about me.”
Of course, the Almighty is probably more concerned with cleaning up after a big birthday party than Ridley’s ball security, but the player’s own emphasis is important.
After being enduring the public shaming that goes with a benching, Ridley has rebounded, and was trusted with 15 carries in last week’s win over the Ravens.
As the season progresses, it will be interesting to see if they continue to, or lean on less dynamic but more trustworthy options.