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Following a 2015 season in which he played sparingly, running back Stevan Ridley is beginning to garner some interest on the free-agent market.
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Ridley, Lions to Have Free-Agent Visit
Tuesday, March 29
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the former New England Patriots and New York Jets rusher is set to visit the Detroit Lions.
A torn ACL limited Ridley to just six games with the Pats in 2014, but he was able to return for part of the 2015 campaign after signing with the Jets.
He appeared in nine contests, but was largely ineffective with 90 rushing yards on 36 attempts, which was good for a meager average of just 2.5 yards per carry.
The 27-year-old back will soon be two years removed from knee surgery, though, and he has proven capable of being a productive NFL player in the past with 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for New England in 2012.
Also, as evidenced by this video Ridley tweeted, he appears to be in great shape and ready to contribute far more than he did last season:
You live once, you’re young once, I just choose to work a bunch. #useeit pic.twitter.com/oeztfMIr6g
— KiD-RiD (@StevanRidley) March 16, 2016
Per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, however, that isn’t likely to lead to a reunion with the Patriots:
Stevan Ridley’s market continues to unfold but the Patriots haven’t shown interest in a reunion, which really shouldn’t be a surprise.
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) March 10, 2016
Detroit could potentially be a good fit for Ridley since it could use a bruising, workhorse-type back to complement the speedy Ameer Abdullah and sure-handed Theo Riddick.
Joique Bell served in that role last season, but he was released by the Lions, which means there could be a golden opportunity on the table for Ridley.
The former LSU standout hasn’t been particularly effective since rushing for 773 yards in 2013, and he is certainly an injury risk, but he could be a low-risk, high-reward option for the Lions.
Provided Ridley is now at 100 percent health for the first time since 2014, it isn’t outside the realm of possibility that he could be a key, between-the-tackles runner in Detroit’s offense should it decide to sign him.
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