Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 7/17/13
Stevan Ridley had good fantasy numbers in 2012. He wracked-up 1,263 yards rushing on his way to 12 touchdowns. His contribution in the passing game was minimal, but that isn't necessarily a knock on his ability or his future potential in this offense.While the Patriots may be considered a pass-first team, Ridley is not exactly an afterthought, despite having a little trouble with fumbles. But contrary to popular opinion, that is not out of line with other backs in the top 10. He actually had one less fumble than Jamaal Charles, and only one more than Adrian Peterson!No doubt, Ridley can improve his ball-handling (avoiding the wrath of Belichick is a good motivation). And he also has time to work on his catching ability, though that may not be much of a concern with Vereen and Bolden most likely being the go-to guys in that department.Ridley's strength is as a slashing runner and that is where he will excel in the offense in 2013 and beyond. He will be the feature back and he will co...
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