AFC East top 25, No. 25: Patriots RB Stevan Ridley--Boston.com: Over at Boston.com, Erik Frenz will be unveiling his top 25 players in the AFC East.
At No. 25, Frenz has Patriots running back Stevan Ridley slotted in.
Why Stevan Ridley?
It’s easy to forget that Patriots fans were collectively worried over losing the dependable BenJarvus Green-Ellis last offseason, and while the running game will always take a back seat in New England because of Tom Brady, only in 2012 did we finally begin to see the Patriots’ running game as capable of complementing their passing game.
Traditional stats don’t quite do Ridley justice. He ranked seventh in rushing yards, but only 15th in yards per attempt. Thankfully, Football Outsiders weights their stats based on opponent, and in those marks, Ridley ranked in the top 10 runners in defense-adjusted value on average, yards above replacement, and success rate.