The Vikings needed to create room for wide receiver Michael Floyd on the 53-man roster, so Ridley became the chosen casualty. Ridley was signed Thursday to provide depth in the absence of Dalvin Cook (knee), but the team is apparently comfortable entering Monday's game against the Bears with only two tailbacks on the roster.
Ridley hasn't had a meaningful statistical season since he tore his ACL in 2014, and the Vikings will be the fourth organization he's been associated with since leaving New England. He was released by Denver on Sept. 1, as the team instead decided to keep Jamaal Charles, Devontae Booker and De'Angelo Henderson. Ridley will help provide the team with some much-needed depth, as Dalvin Cook is out for the season with a torn ACL, and Jerick McKinnon emerged from Sunday's matchup with an ankle injury. If McKinnon cannot go Monday night against the Bears for any reason, Ridley would end up the primary backup to starter Latavius Murray. Ridley likely won't be a major fantasy factor until he gets some more practice time under his belt, but he should be on the radar in case Murray's ankle soreness resurfaces.
Ridley was released Friday by the Broncos, Mike Klis of 9 News Denver
Ridley most recently carried the ball 11 times for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' preseason finale against the Cardinals, but it appears as though the team feels secure enough with their running-back depth to let the veteran tailback go. While he has a poor injury history, Ridley should still continue to get looks from other NFL teams, given his talent and experience.
Ridley rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries and added seven yards on three catches in Saturday's preseason win over the 49ers.
For the second straight week, the yards-per-touch totals weren't great for Ridley, but the amount of touches were. Ridley recorded more than twice as many touches as any other Bronco on Saturday. Likely competing with Jamaal Charles for a single roster spot, Ridley has built up a lead in the competition with his performance in camp in recent weeks that the more accomplished of the two veterans might have trouble closing with just a few weeks left to go.
Ridley was cutting well during Denver's first joint practice in San Francisco, Troy Renck of Denver 7 ABC reports.
Ridley wasn't flashy in the Broncos' preseason matchup against the Bears, but garnered first-team reps and has reportedly impressed in camp. With a number of young options on the team, Ridley is likely competing with Jamaal Charles for one roster spot. Charles is the bigger name of the two, but is reportedly still shaking off rust and won't play until the third preseason game. Ridley has an opportunity to build a lead on his veteran counterpart this week in San Francisco that Charles might have trouble catching up to with limited time remaining.
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|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||290||1263||4.4||41||12||6||82|
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|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||94||340||3.6||43||2||1||16|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||3||13||4.3||8||0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||6||51||8.5||20||0||1||0||2|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||10||62||6.2||24||0||1||0||2|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||4||20||5.0||7||0||0||0||0|
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|2011||New England Patriots||16||7||152||21.7||32||0||0|
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|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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