Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 11/21/12
Running back Stevan Ridley has been quietly and efficiently putting together a season for the New England Patriots' record books. Shadowed by an MVP-caliber season by Tom Brady, Ridley's performance has been exactly what New England was hoping for when it got him for a steal in the third round of the 2011 draft. Ridley was the seventh running back chosen in that draft, taken after Miami's Daniel Thomas, Dallas's Demarco Murray, and of course, New England's first choice at back, Shane Vereen. Ridley won the starting role during preseason and hasn't looked back, currently ranking seventh in the league in yards (842) and second in touchdowns (7). Ridley's nearing the top of the Patriots' all-time leaders, as well, currently 19th in team single-season yardage. If he can continue his current average of carries (18.5) and yards (84) per game, he'll finish the season with more than 1350 yards, good enough for fourth behind Jim Nance among all New England backs in history.But before we get ...
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