Re: Make the case for Ridley...
posted at 9/9/2013 11:55 AM EDT
In response to ATJ's comment:
In response to toocool9090's comment:
1) I am worried about Vereen's durability. He is a smaller runner.
2) Ridley does not have a fumbling problem. Look at all of the good runningbacks and you will see that they all fumble. Examples of RBs in their latest full seasons:
AP is a fumbling machine, has averaged 4 fumbles per season. He improved, but still had 3 last year.
Marshawn Lynch has fumbled 3 and 4 times the last 2 years.
Arian Foster has fumbled 3, 4, and 3 times the last 3 seasons.
Jamal Charles fumbled 5 times last season.
Ridley had 4 fumbles last season. It is not great, but normal for a guy that runs inside the numbers.
I think this kind of context is helpful. Even the best RBs fumble from time to time. That said, the fumble that Ridley forced on himself with his slip came at precisely the wrong time and that makes it all the more stark and troubling. I like Ridley's production between the tackles. Those are tough yards to come by at times and Ridley was playing well until. . . . BB values ball security and Ridley's future with the Pats will depend on him overcoming the fumble problem.
I also like Vereen a lot and there's no question that he was one of the keys to the Pats coming out of Buffalo with a W. Fortunately the Pats do have RB options and he appears to be a really good one.
I've made this point about Ridley in previous threads on the subject. He fumbles at about a league-average rate for a lead running back. Since BB puts so much emphasis on ball security, we're not used to league average here.
I think Ridley is benched for the Jets game, and then is slowly worked back into the offense. I really hope he improves his ball security, because I think he can be a devastating runner for this team.