Originally written on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the New England Patriots, that player is middle linebacker Stevan Ridley. Not since Corey Dillon was in his prime, 2004, have the Patriots had an explosive lead back. In 2004, Dillon rushed for 1635 yards and 12 touchdowns on 345 carries. However, after that they had a washed up Dillon, who rushed for just 1545 yards over the next 2 seasons on 408 carries. He did have 25 touchdowns over those two seasons, but mostly just because he was around the goal line so much. After that, 2006 1st round pick Laurence Maroney ranged from everything from serviceable to god awful in 2 seasons as a starter, 2007 and 2009. Maroney was out of the league after 5 seasons, 4 in New...
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