Steelers’ Stevan Ridley eager to face the team that treated him like “trash”

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Steelers running back Stevan Ridley is preparing to face the Patriots on Sunday, and he’d love to show them they were wrong to get rid of him.

Ridley told the Boston Herald that he felt the Patriots treated him like “trash” after he spent his first four seasons in the league in New England. He suffered a serious knee injury in his fourth year, which was also the final year of his contract, and after that he said the Patriots wanted nothing to do with him.

“I was trashed after an injury,” Ridley said. “I’m just going to put it that way. I’m not going to say specifically, but to be a starter for [the Patriots] for four years, to tear my ACL and never get a call back, that’s a tough pill to swallow.”

It’s been a tough road back for Ridley since that injury. In 2015 he played for the Jets and had just 36 carries for 90 yards. In 2016 he played for the Falcons and had just three carries for seven yards. In 2017 with the Steelers he had 26 carries for 108 yards, and this year in Pittsburgh he has 23 carries for 60 yards. Not exactly the kind of production Ridley would hope for, as a player who once had a 1,263-yard season for the Patriots.

Steelers starting running back James Conner is dealing with an ankle injury, so Ridley may get plenty of opportunities to stick it to his old team.

88 responses to “Steelers’ Stevan Ridley eager to face the team that treated him like “trash”

  1. All teams have cut players based on injuries. Doesn’t his recent production justify the decision not to bring him back? If Bell came back he would have been cut and if Conner was healthy, he wouldn’t see the field much Sunday.

  2. Dude has been with seven organizations since the Patriots let him go four years ago. I get it that guys gotta get themselves hyped up but maybe they were right?

  3. The reason they didn’t want you back wasn’t your knee Fumblina, it was because you never lift up to your draft status and they had better options. Welcome to the business of the NFL

  4. Ummmm looking at those stats it looks the Pats made the right call. And for all of you Pats haters that say that shady things go on in Foxboro, then why don’t ex-disgruntled players spill the beans on their old team?? I mean, dozens of players come and go every year, where are the disgruntled ex-Pats writing books on how the Pats cheat?? There are non because the Pats are just better than your team…

  5. His production after the Patriots suggest that they were correct in moving from him… but instead of focusing on how he’s not been good the last few seasons he’s fixated on the fact some other team recognized his loss of production and moved on. Makes sense 🙄

  6. I liked Ridley when he played here. But if he thinks he’s the only player cut loose following an injury in the history of the NFL, he is delusional. Happens everywhere. It’s a tough business.

  7. Bill tells every player: “Don’t take it personally”. It’s a ruthless, Darwinian, production based business in which players have the opportunity to make a lot of money, but little is guaranteed. Belichick never takes it personally when players build their reputation in his system then leave for a better deal.

  8. If you need this sort of juvenile reason to get up for a game then you have no business calling yourself a professional.

  9. I guess the Pats were supposed to give him a 5 year 40 million dollar deal after that happened??
    Ridley sounds a couple cans short of a six pack to me!!!
    Hey Ridley, it’s NOT. What have you done for me lately, it’s WHAT CAN YOU DO GOR ME GOING FORWARD……based on his stats since then it looks like the Pats saw it would be nothing & made a smart business decision….. man up & deal!!!

  10. Actually Stevan, it was much more likely due to the fact that you could never, ever, hold on to the ball.

  11. Did the Pats ever publicly badmouth/trash him (or, for that matter, any other player) before or after? Nope. But it’s nice to see that if nothing else at least Stevan’s picked up the Tomlin Way.

  12. @brwmstr:
    none of “those people” posted here, so what are you ranting about? only guilty parties explain before they’re even accused.

    former players dont spill beans, but former staffers and coaches? songbirds they are, and they’ve told plenty.

  13. I’m sure he was ok with the callous way the Pats cut the guy that originally gave him his job in NE though. C’mon man, they were right not to offer you another contract.

  14. cheapseater says:
    December 13, 2018 at 9:53 am
    LOL. Don’t your stats since they let you walk justify their decision?
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    He’s not mad he was cut, he’s mad he didn’t even get a phone call or a “how ya doin” after 3 years of service and a major injury.

  15. He’s been with like 5 teams since. What a loser. To think I liked this guy, too.

    They’re supposed to wait on you because you tore your ACL?

    Makes a perfect Steeler.

  16. Jay Shockblast says:
    December 13, 2018 at 9:57 am
    Dude has been with seven organizations since the Patriots let him go four years ago. I get it that guys gotta get themselves hyped up but maybe they were right?

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    So he must have it in for almost a quarter of the league.

  17. Unfortunately, that is the “Patriot Way”. I don’t agree with it, don’t condone it, but on the other hand, this dude put the ball on the ground in key situations too many times. That will put you in Beichick’s dog house for life.

  18. While you can certainly understand Ridley’s feelings on a human level, the NFL can be pretty inhuman when it comes to using and discarding players. The Patriots might have handled his release with more class if what Ridley says is true, but they didn’t owe him anything, and moved on with a player they felt they could do without. Looking at what he’s done with the Steelers so far this season, it looks like they could do without him as well…

  19. December 13, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Unfortunately, that is the “Patriot Way”. I don’t agree with it, don’t condone it, but on the other hand, this dude put the ball on the ground in key situations too many times. That will put you in Beichick’s dog house for life.
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    What are you talking about, Patriot way??!!
    So you are saying the Patriots invented cutting hurt players that were nothing special in the first place?? Yeah, BRILLIANT deduction there!!!

  20. The NFL is a performance based BUSINESS. If you don’t/ can’t perform you will be cut. Pretty simple concept to understand.

  21. I’m sure the Patriots are real scared of a running back who averages 2.6 yards a carry. It’s pretty amazing that the Steelers are now scrambling to replace both their kicker and star running back with completely green players. Don’t they plan for anything? What a mess.

  22. Jdog63 says:
    December 13, 2018 at 9:59 am
    Numbers suggest Patriots were right, if unkind.
    Their coach doesn’t do warm & fuzzy.

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    Actually, he does. He just isn’t a moron when it comes to business.

  23. cheapseater says:
    December 13, 2018 at 9:53 am
    LOL. Don’t your stats since they let you walk justify their decision?

    You can’t even say that, the most carries he’s had in a season is 36 for 90 yards. Granted that’s not great, but that was the first season comi g back from an injury. Then last year he had 26 carries for 108. That’s good take that all day. Plus it’s widely understood that running backs tend to get better as they get more touches. Guess you don’t fall under that widely understood demographic. Hope the Steelers give him a chance vs NE. And the rest of the time Connors out

  24. It was both an ACL and an MCL tear. Also this: “Since the injury, Ridley has worn seven different NFL uniforms and totaled 265 rushing yards.”

  25. Steeler fan here.

    And just like that. The deathwish is signed.

    As per usuall, the Steelers will be embarrassed by BIll Belichick and Tom Brady.

  26. Steelers really NEED this game if they want to win their division. I don’t see it happening, regardless of Ridley’s eagerness.

  27. Treating players like trash is one of the reasons the Patriots have been so successful.
    Assuming he’s talking about being let go. Players can be cut and still be shown appreciation for previous contributions, but that doesn’t mean they should be paid beyond their usefulness.

  28. It’s funny to me how touchy-feeley these guys are when it comes to their personal situations and how they forget it’s a business until contract time.

  29. Ridley signed with the Lions the year after NE let him walk. And got cut. By the Lions. With a GM from the NE tree. The same Lions team that, until this year, hadn’t seen a 100-yd back since the iPhone.

    I agree that a human being would like to receive a little loyalty, but if there is anything that NE had taught the world under BB, it’s that football is a business FIRST.

  30. “And just like that. The deathwish is signed.”

    Lol always good to see an optimistic Steelers fan

    Here’s to a good game its no lock for the Pats but I’m hopeful they can get a win

  31. I really wish these guys would just shut up and play. Teams are not obligated to keep you around, or pay you if you get hurt. For all the Pats trolls’ crowing about the illustrious Pats’ and bad mouthing of the Steelers (and for that matter, any other team the Pats play) they, as well as many teams around the league, try to take care of their players. They immediately paid over 8 million to Shazier full well knowing he wasn’t going to play this year, or most likely, ever again. Further, I’m sure if he wants a job with the team, he will have one.

  32. harrisonhits2 says:
    December 13, 2018 at 11:35 am
    “And just like that. The deathwish is signed.”

    Lol always good to see an optimistic Steelers fan

    Here’s to a good game its no lock for the Pats but I’m hopeful they can get a win

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    Yea because the stats show the matchups have always been even. Lol.

  33. If Ridley gets double-digit touches in this game I’ll be shocked. He can stand beside his coach and help lead the cheers.

  34. yinzer412 says:
    December 13, 2018 at 10:40 am

    … Plus it’s widely understood that running backs tend to get better as they get more touches …
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    no it’s not.

  35. Since they couldn’t beat the pathetic Raiders what makes anyone think they have any chance to win this Sunday? The way they have played the last month has been an epic collapse.

  36. Just business, baby.

    What is it with these jilted ex running backs? Must be something in the supplements….

  37. The only thing I remember about Steven Ridley is the massive hit the Raven’s Bernard Pollard put on him the the 2012 playoffs. NE fans may also remember Pollard for the hit he put on the GOAT. Matt Cassel owes his career to Bernard Pollard.

  38. Sounds like he misses being a patriot! Hope he puts that ball on the ground for the pats for old time sake.

  39. As per usuall, the Steelers will be embarrassed by BIll Belichick and Tom Brady

    It’s in Pittsburgh and the Steelers are pretty hungry for a win. Plus, if the anti-matter Patriots show up, this game could go any direction.

  40. Well you are lucky you are on a team now that treats their people with respect. Just ask Bruce Arians and Dick LeBeau

  41. He’s on his eighth team in four years, if you count the three teams that signed him and then released him in the preseason (the Colts after just one week). He kind of is trash.

  42. If the team that featured him (thus making his career) and got him a Super Bowl ring treated him like “trash”, what is his current team (where he’s essentially a 3rd-string runner only getting time because the guys they’d rather have aren’t available) treating him like?

  43. He should be thankful he played for the Patriots. That’s the reason he still have a job, Patriots pedigree.

  44. “so Ridley may get plenty of opportunities to stick it to his old team.”

    Let’s hope not.
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    It’s ok. If he does, he’ll likely fumble

  45. First, I am not sure if 25 starts over 3 1/2 seasons really makes you a “starter”, but he can think what he wants. But, his (lack of) production since the injury makes it obvious why they didn’t want to bring him back.

  46. There are all these crazy people in the comments who don’t seem to understand how ginning up a beef is good for game day performance.

    If Ridley getting mad Bellichick didn’t dot the I’s on his Get Well Soon card meant he’d gain a few more yards on Sunday, I say go for it.

    Next y’all will be pulling in Miss Manners to judge UFC staredowns.

  47. thudsp says:
    December 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Your situation is why Bell held out. Pittsburgh would do the same thing in a heart beat.
    ===========================

    Pittsburgh very well might do the same thing, but Bell held out for more money. He was offered a contract, that for him, wasn’t enough.
    Ridley was cut without any chance of a new contract. Not quite the same.

  48. inozwetrust says:
    December 13, 2018 at 12:14 pm
    The only thing I remember about Steven Ridley is the massive hit the Raven’s Bernard Pollard put on him the the 2012 playoffs. NE fans may also remember Pollard for the hit he put on the GOAT. Matt Cassel owes his career to Bernard Pollard.

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    NE fans focus more on the current season. They dont have that need to live vicariously through old history that some teams do.

  49. I love bashing the Patriots and I was thinking of some wise crack but I have to say that’s way most teams treat their players. That’s why I have no problem with players holding out for more money when they can. The Patriots have treated better players than Ridley like parts of a machine. If Bill wants to move you on your gone unless the owner has a emotional attachment to a particular player.

  50. 8th year running back, 4th string roster addition behind a hybrid rookie h back. im sure its all the patriots fault thats where his career is.

  51. Patriots likely weren’t interested in offering a 2nd contract to a fumble-prone average at best RB coming off a torn ACL.

    That being said, they should have called you back, snowflake.

  52. That’s the NFL you Snowflake. IF you were one of the ones who was lucky enough to bounce back from a serious injury then things may have been different. However your stats say it all.

    Don’t worry though. You’ll be able to get out all of the special angst from the Pine on Sunday.

  53. This is like the 4th time hes facing them and this is the first time he’s speaking out about wanting revenge. it it perhaps because he’s seen how terrible this patriots’ defense is and he knows he can finally do something against them?

  54. Starting 25 out of 64 games does not make you a “starter for 4 years”.

    Also, your season high in rushing since then is 108 yards, so obviously they were right in their assessment not to re-sign you as a free agent, along with the 3 other teams who have released you since.

  55. “In 2015 he played for the Jets and had just 36 carries for 90 yards. In 2016 he played for the Falcons and had just three carries for seven yards. In 2017 with the Steelers he had 26 carries for 108 yards, and this year in Pittsburgh he has 23 carries for 60 yards.”

    Trash stats. Being with the Pat let you milk those three teams for money while you contributed next to nothing. What would he have wanted the Pats to do that money put into an insurance policy when he was healthy could not have done.

  56. Ridley was solid but nothing special in his time with the Patriots. It’s just bad timing for an injury, if you tear your ACL in a contract year, don’t be surprised when your current team isn’t chomping at the bit to give you a great contract. NFL contracts are all about timing and leverage, In Ridley’s case the timing was terrible and he had no leverage. Running backs are also one of the most disposal positions in today’s NFL. Why pay up for damaged goods when you can easily replace that player with cheap labor through the draft or free agency.

  57. I have no problem with the Patriots cutting him. It just some of you same dudes would criticize a player for holding out. It’s okay as long as your team makes good business decisions. When a player makes a business decision though…

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