Stevan Ridley was once the starting running back for the Patriots, but a knee injury in 2014 has sent him looking to relive past glory days. Ridley was able to play in eight games for the Jets in 2015, but he had just 36 carries for 90 yards and four catches for minus-2 yards. He signed with Detroit this offseason, and he will look to play in a secondary role behind Ameer Abdullah. He'll have to outperform Zach Zenner and George Winn in training camp to see touches for the Lions this season, but if he does he could be worth adding off waivers. Keep an eye on his role in training camp, but Ridley is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Ridley is line to compete with Zach Zenner, George Winn and Dwayne Washington for slotting behind Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick on the Lions' running back depth chart, the team's official site reports. The expectation remains that Abdullah, when healthy, will serve as the Lions' top back in 2016, with Riddick in line to see his share of touches as well, notably in the passing game. Per the report, Ridley "seems like the favorite" to win the No. 3 spot in the Detroit backfield and in such a scenario, the 27-year-old, who ran for 1,263 yards for the Patriots in 2012, could be a break away from resurfacing on the fantasy radar after back-to-back campaigns impacted by the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season.
The Lions have officially announced their signing of Ridley. Adding Ridley on a one-year deal gives the Lions a veteran presence in their backfield, helping fill the void created by the team's release of Joique Bell. Now further past the right ACL/MCL injury that he sustained in Week 6 of the 2014 season, Ridley provides the team with a between-the-tackles option to complement Ameer Abdullah and pass-catching back Theo Riddick. In order to secure a key role in the team's backfield in 2016, Ridley will have to hold off the likes of Zach Zenner and George Winn, but if he's healthy, the 2011 third-rounder give the team's backfield a capable and experienced power back.
Ridley announced he will be signing with the Lions on Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. The specifics of the deal are still unknown, but Ridley will head to Detroit where he will compete with the likes of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick for carries. Ridley rushed for 90 yards on 36 attempts in eight games last season with the Jets after he returned from ACL and MCL injuries in early November.
Ridley will visit the Lions on Tuesday, The Detroit News reports. Coming off a torn ACL in October of 2014, Ridley gained 90 yards on just 36 carries in eight games with the Jets last season. He may be in better condition with the injury further behind him, but he'll probably have to compete for a roster spot wherever he ends up signing. Detroit would offer some potential for a significant role, as the Lions could use an early-down/short-yardage back to replace Joique Bell.
Ridley had nine rushes for 29 yards and caught both of his past targets for 0 yards Sunday against the Bills. Ridley spent the first half of the season on the PUP list and he struggled greatly in his first six games, indicating he wasn't likely fully recovered from his ACL injury. However, in his last two games, he averaged four yards per carry and appeared to be much closer to his pre-injury form. He'll be a free agent this off-season, and he'll hope to find a role in a RBBC. Depending on his landing spot, he has some sleeper appeal as he'll have a full off-season without having to rehab his knee.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/25||@Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|6||10/16||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|13||12/04||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|15||12/18||@New York Giants||26||20.38|
|17||01/01||Green Bay Packers||11||15.33|
|3 Year Avg||103||401||3||6||27||0||60|