RB Stevan Ridley Joins the Jets' Backfield

Posted Apr 13, 2015

He Played His First 4 NFL Seasons with the Patriots, Rushing for 1,263 Yards & 12 TDs in 2012

The Jets have signed unrestricted free agent running back Stevan Ridley.

Ridley (5'11". 220) is entering his fifth NFL season, with his first four being spent with New England. The Patriots selected him in the third round (73rd overall) of the 2011 draft out of LSU and he had been a regular contributor and frequent starter for the Pats up until he suffered a season-ending knee injury in their sixth game last season.

He had his biggest impact in 2012 when he was New England's featured back with 290 carries for 1,263 yards (4.4 yards/carry) and 12 touchdowns. His production fell to 773 rushing yards in '13 and 340 in his six games last year.

In six career games against the Jets, Ridley had 77 carries for 269 yards (3.5 yards/carry) and two TDs. The scores both came at MetLife Stadium, on Thanksgiving night in 2012 and the next year in the Jets' overtime victory.

For his career, Ridley has 649 carries for 2,817 yards (4.3 yards/carry) and 23 receptions for 146 yards.



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