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|With BenJarvus Green-Ellis having departed via free agency to Cincinnati, Ridley will enter training camp as the team’s starter at running back… at least that is what the football world is expecting. What head coach Bill Belichick has in mind is anybody’s guess. Having looked solid in a reserve role as a rookie in 2011, Ridley shapes up as the best bet to start in a New England backfield that also includes Danny Woodhead, fellow 2nd year player Shane Vereen and former Colt Joseph Addai. Ridley is the most physical runner of the group and is the favorite to land the short yardage and fourth quarter clock eating work, provided he avoids the fumbling issues that landed him in Belichick’s doghouse last season. With so many options, look for Ridley to get 10-12 touches per game, which should be good enough to rank as a mid-tier RB3 in 2012.
|Colts sign RB Stevan Ridley -- Sun Aug 28 10:00 am --|
Should make team as No.2 back
|The Indianapolis Colts have signed running back Stevan Ridley, the team announced Sunday.
The Colts are searching for a backup behind starter Frank Gore, who had 227 more carries than his next-closest teammate last season. The backups behind Gore have combined to rush for only 91 yards on 49 carries in three preseason games.
FF Today's Take: Ridley was released by the Lions last week but should stick with the Colts who have little depth behind Frank Gore. Jordan Todman, Robert Turbin and rookie Josh Ferguson have failed to impress so it's not inconceivable that Ridley is Gore's backup Week 1.