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.
Ridley rushed for 17 yards on eight attempts in Thursday's preseason win over Chicago.
The stats don't look pretty for Ridley, but when he got them might. Ridley first entered the game when many of Denver's starters were still on the field. The veteran has reportedly impressed in practice and a few yards and a cloud of dust might be more appetizing than what Jamaal Charles, who did not play on Thursday as he recovers from last season's knee surgeries, is currently offering. A key stat as the regular season approaches is that Ridley's cap hit is half that of Charles' per Over the Cap. If Denver is just looking for a veteran to fill in until Devontae Booker is healthy enough to play, Ridley may make more sense from a financial perspective.
Ridley is showing impressive burst and cutting ability in camp, Cecil Lammey of 104.3 The Fan reports.
Lammey and many others can be forgiven for selling Ridley short, as the veteran back hasn't topped four yards per carry or 400 yards in a season since 2013. Last year, he managed just three carries for a Falcons team that loves running the ball. Now, showing that he still has gas in the tank and making Denver's final roster are two very, very different things. C.J. Anderson is the starter, and young De'Angelo Henderson and fullback Andy Janovich are appealing because they can contribute on both offense and special teams. If the Broncos carry just four backs, it might come down to Ridley versus Jamaal Charles, and even then, the winner might just be keeping Devontae Booker's seat warm for when the second-year back returns early in the season.
Ridley worked out for the Jets on Thursday, NFL Network's Mike Garfolo reports.
While still only 28 years old, Ridley has been a complete non-factor since tearing his ACL in 2014, taking 29 carries for 97 yards. He may be able to find a new home, but he'll be a fringe roster candidate regardless of where he ends up. Ridley spent a few weeks with the Falcons last season, serving as the No. 3 running back when Tevin Coleman missed a game with a hamstring injury.
Ridley was waived by the Falcons on Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
A member of the Falcons for the duration of Tevin Coleman's (hamstring) recovery, Ridley will enter the free-agent market with three carries for seven yards to his name this season. Another gig may be difficult to come by, but injuries could always force an organization to tap the 27-year-old running back on the shoulder.
|P2||8/19/17||@ SF||10:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|7||10/22/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|8||10/30/17||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ PHI||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/14/17||@ IND||8:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||2||87||441||5.1||33||1||5||18|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||12||290||1263||4.4||41||12||6||82|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||6||178||773||4.3||29||7||3||39|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||5||94||340||3.6||43||2||1||16|
|2015||New York Jets||8||1||36||90||2.5||13||0||0||5|
|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|
|2015||New York Jets||8||1||4||-2||-0.5||3||0||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||7||152||21.7||32||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2011||New England Patriots||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||New England Patriots||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2012||New England Patriots||16||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||New England Patriots||14||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||New England Patriots||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||New York Jets||8||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|