With Dalvin Cook done for the season, Vikings add Stevan Ridley

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The Vikings have lost their rookie running back, and now they’ve added a veteran backup.

Stevan Ridley is signing with the Vikings today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

The 28-year-old Ridley was cut by the Broncos after the preseason. Last year he played in just one regular-season game, with the Falcons, and had three carries for seven yards. He also spent time with the Colts and Lions last year but never got into a game with them.

Ridley’s best season came in 2012, when he had 290 carries for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Patriots. But he hasn’t been the same player since 2014, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Cook was off to an outstanding start this season, with 74 carries for 354 yards before he got hurt on Sunday. No player can replace all of Cook’s production, but the Vikings hope Ridley can help.

43 responses to “With Dalvin Cook done for the season, Vikings add Stevan Ridley

  1. Not sure a RB who has already sustained a significant knee injury is going to last very long on the turf at US Bank.

  2. tinye67 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 9:53 am
    Man is that an indictment on Murray and McKinnon!
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    Um, really? You thought that the team that lost a RB was not going to get another one?

    It’s called depth buddy. Not an indictment, depth.

  3. anarchopurplism says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:00 am
    tinye67 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 9:53 am
    Man is that an indictment on Murray and McKinnon!
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    Um, really? You thought that the team that lost a RB was not going to get another one?

    It’s called depth buddy. Not an indictment, depth.

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    Depth? Being forced into panic-signing a middling veteran free agent after week 4 is the exact opposite of depth.

  4. Dang! And here the Vikes could have traded two firsts and a third for Eddie Lacy!

    Missed opportunity!

  5. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Depth? Being forced into panic-signing a middling veteran free agent after week 4 is the exact opposite of depth.
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    It’s a 53-man roster. They kept four running backs. One got hurt and is out for the season. They signed someone to fill the fourth running back spot. Middling veteran free agents are the only #4 running backs available right now. How exactly is this a panic signing? What do your Packers do when they lose a player for the season?

  6. flviking says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Ridley is better than any RB the pack has. No need to respond, you know I’m right. TT keeping the pack mediocre.
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    And yet, your Vikings are looking up at the Packers from their perennial position of third place and will most likely continue to do so. Unless Chicago takes that away from them too. Which is a very real possibility.

  7. Depth? Being forced into panic-signing a middling veteran free agent after week 4 is the exact opposite of depth.

    Lol a fan of a team that drafted 3 running backs in a single draft is talking about panicking.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:58 am
    What do your Packers do when they lose a player for the season?
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    It depends on the their depth at the position. If they have enough depth, they roll with what they have. Like now… RB 1 and RB 2 are both injured but they have enough depth at the position to stand pat. The very best part of that is how you and your little purple pals hopped up and down about Ted Thompson “wasting” late-round draft picks on the 3 rookies. Conversely, the Vikings lost just one RB and Spielman was forced to jump into the FA pool of RBs for the second time this year… so far. Advantage: Thompson.

  9. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says:
    October 5, 2017 at 9:53 am
    Vikings scraping the bottom for running backs with a heartbeat.
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    Could be worse. We could be converting our wide receivers into running backs.

  10. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:08 am
    flviking says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Ridley is better than any RB the pack has. No need to respond, you know I’m right. TT keeping the pack mediocre.
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    And yet, your Vikings are looking up at the Packers from their perennial position of third place and will most likely continue to do so. Unless Chicago takes that away from them too. Which is a very real possibility.

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    If staying ahead of the Vikings makes your season, then you win. I thought every teams goal is to win the Super Bowl, greenbay will not win Super Bowl without a RB or defense. Stay on topic cabbage TT is keeping the pack mediocre at least the Vikings are willing to kick the tires on players to make the team better.

  11. And once again the GB gang puts their total lack of football knowledge on full display. Pray your QB doesn’t get injured.

  12. flviking says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:46 am
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:08 am
    flviking says:
    October 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Ridley is better than any RB the pack has. No need to respond, you know I’m right. TT keeping the pack mediocre.
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    And yet, your Vikings are looking up at the Packers from their perennial position of third place and will most likely continue to do so. Unless Chicago takes that away from them too. Which is a very real possibility.

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    If staying ahead of the Vikings makes your season, then you win. I thought every teams goal is to win the Super Bowl, greenbay will not win Super Bowl without a RB or defense. Stay on topic cabbage TT is keeping the pack mediocre at least the Vikings are willing to kick the tires on players to make the team better.

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    Wait… YOU bring the Packers into the conversation and then you want to tell ME to “stay on topic?” That’s just perfect. As to the rest of your post…

    If by “mediocre” you mean consistently contending for the title while your Vikings consistently contend for third place in the division, then yes… Thompson has certainly kept the Packers mediocre. May he continue to keep them this mediocre, while Spielman does whatever it is that he does, for another 20 years.

  13. tremoluxman says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:58 am

    And once again the GB gang puts their total lack of football knowledge on full display. Pray your QB doesn’t get injured

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    We certainly do hope and pray he doesn’t get injured. Luckily, he’s actually only missed significant time due to injury once. That would have been 2013, when he missed a full half season… and the Packers still won the division and the Vikings still finished dead last.

    Is there anything else I can help you with?

  14. Maybe we should convert Kyle Rudolph to RB and brag about his one game vs the Bears that totally raises his yards per carry average all offseason until he breaks multiple ribs while playing running back. That wouldn’t be stupid or anything.

  15. Frazier28/7 says:
    October 5, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Maybe we should convert Kyle Rudolph to RB and brag about his one game vs the Bears that totally raises his yards per carry average all offseason until he breaks multiple ribs while playing running back. That wouldn’t be stupid or anything.
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    Might as well give it a try. You haven’t won anything with him at TE.

  16. tremoluxman says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:58 am
    And once again the GB gang puts their total lack of football knowledge on full display. Pray your QB doesn’t get injured.
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    Pray our QB doesn’t get injured? You can say that to any team with an elite QB, it’s a stupid comment. And you say Packer fans have lack of football knowledge?

  17. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 5, 2017 at 11:27 am

    It depends on the their depth at the position. If they have enough depth, they roll with what they have. Like now… RB 1 and RB 2 are both injured but they have enough depth at the position to stand pat. The very best part of that is how you and your little purple pals hopped up and down about Ted Thompson “wasting” late-round draft picks on the 3 rookies. Conversely, the Vikings lost just one RB and Spielman was forced to jump into the FA pool of RBs for the second time this year… so far. Advantage: Thompson.
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    Your Packers have four running backs on the active roster and none on the practice squad. Of those four, one is a converted WR and the other three are rookies that haven’t shown a thing in the NFL yet. Two of your running backs are injured but neither one has been ruled out of the next game. If the Packers lost one for the season, they would sign another one. It wouldn’t be a panic move, it would be a smart move to replenish the depth that you lost because of a season-ending injury.

    Are you seriously suggesting that Aaron Jones and Devante Mays are better depth than Latavius Murray and Jerrick McKinnon? They have a combined 22 career carries, compared to two guys in their fourth years with a combined 891 career carries, 192 receptions, and 44 starts.

    It’s almost as if you don’t know anything about football.

  18. I don’t know that Jones and Mays are better than Murray and McKinnon… but as you so eloquently pointed out, I also don’t know that they aren’t. On that front, only time will tell. I do know that they cost a lot less and had the entire offseason program to learn the offense.

    With Cook being out, familiarity with their respective offenses, and the respective salaries of what’s left, I would much rather have the Packers’ situation at RB than the Vikings’. I don’t expect you to admit it, but I’m thinking you might too.

  19. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    I don’t know that Jones and Mays are better than Murray and McKinnon… but as you so eloquently pointed out, I also don’t know that they aren’t. On that front, only time will tell. I do know that they cost a lot less and had the entire offseason program to learn the offense.

    With Cook being out, familiarity with their respective offenses, and the respective salaries of what’s left, I would much rather have the Packers’ situation at RB than the Vikings’. I don’t expect you to admit it, but I’m thinking you might too.

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    You have to stay on topic. No one is talking about salary. And to think that mays and jones is a better tandem than Murray and McKinnon, we all know that was said just to get a rise, and get you attention. Weren’t hugged enough as a child?
    Is there anything else I can help you with?

  20. Salary is always a large part of the equation. I’m quite sure Spielman’s (and your own) lack of understanding in this area has contributed greatly to your ever-growing frustration. Last year, he bought you the most expensive O-line in NFL history and they failed to live up to it by a TON… even before the injuries took their toll. Zimmer calling them out in the media appeared to be the catalyst for his team quitting on him.

    Look at the obscene amount of money they gave Peterson over the years and how little they got for it in the grand scheme of things. Sure, you can hop up and down and post his impressive personal stats, but they got exactly nowhere as a team… while all those millions could have been used to shore up the roster elsewhere.

    Like I said… I’ll take the Packers’ current situation over the Vikings’ current situation at RB and it’s not even close. If Cook comes back as good as he was before the injury that could certainly change… especially because he’ll still be on his rookie contract. It could just as easily change again if they throw Peterson money at him in a couple of years.

    If you’re happy with the state of affairs in the division, believe me, so am I.

  21. By the Cabbage’s reasoning, the Packers have better depth than the Vikings at every position because all of the Packers’ backups are rookies and UDFAs that don’t make any money. The stupid Vikings waste their time considering whether or not a guy can play when building their roster.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    October 5, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    With Cook being out, familiarity with their respective offenses, and the respective salaries of what’s left, I would much rather have the Packers’ situation at RB than the Vikings’. I don’t expect you to admit it, but I’m thinking you might too.
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    This is McKinnon’s fourth year with the Vikings. I think he’s pretty familiar with the offense, and he’s still on his rookie contract. Murray has more familiarity with the Vikings’ offense than the three rookies have with the Packers’ offense because he’s a veteran and he’s been with his team longer than they have. Ridley is also a veteran and should be able to pick up the offense by the time he might have to play, which is unlikely.

    Meanwhile, Ty Montgomery is still trying to learn how to play the RB position and he has broken ribs. Yeah, that’s every offensive coordinator’s dream.

  23. Last year it was signing OL off the street, this year RB. Just hope this kid can pickup a blitz. Everyone knows the defenses from here on out will stack the line of scrimmage and force Keenum (or whoever is back there) to beat them throwing. This is getting old.

  24. Cabbage, you are making yourself look dumber with each post. First you talk about it being a desperation move, then you talk about salary considerations of not just current players, but then former players. Then you forecast how good your rookie RBs COULD be and downplay how good Murray or Mckinnon have SHOWN to be. I think you and your cheesy brethren are about the only ones that think GB has a better RB situation than the vikings THIS year and i’d say the literate and logical minority of Packer fans would even come to our side when looking at beyond this year.

    If you are going to jump around topics and bring in salary value considerations, then you need to consider the DRAFT VALUE considerations. Drafting Three rookie rbs’ to backup a starter basically provides you ZERO value if your starter stays healthy, and provides you 33% value if your starter goes down and 1 out of 3 proves competent to take over.

    Considering Salary Caps are going up, the vikings weren’t over the Cap, and there’s only so many draft picks available each year i’d much rather they use veterans as 3rd and 4th string RB backups than waste the extremely valuable draft capital on practice squad RBs.

  25. You guys taking shots at the Packers are forgetting somthing pretty important;

    Mike McCarthy doesn’t run the football unless he’s up by 17 or more.

    Take all the shots you want at the Packer RBs. Its irrelevant! They’re mostly irrelevant!

  26. Draft value? Three guys late in the draft that ended up being upgrades to what they had is about as much value as anyone could ever ask for in draft picks.

    I get it, you’d rather Spielman do what he’s always done. Me too.

  27. So many wasted comments on a player that is very unlikely to even see the field this year unless he has potential on special teams. Let’s face it, if the Vikings are forced to play their 4th string RB (and that’s actually a 5th string player considering Cook is on IR), the wheels will have completely come off the wagon.

    Not that finishing 3-8 last year comes close to the wheels coming off the wagon but can it really happen 2 years in a row?

    Considering this the Vikings we are talking about, the answer is sadly, “Yes”

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