Originally written on AFC East Daily  |  Last updated 11/13/14
BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe NFL's young "crown rule," which prevents running backs from lowering their heads and meeting defenders with the crown of their helmets, has many ball carriers up in arms this offseason.Looks like you can add Stevan Ridley to that list.The New England Patriots tailback, who's entering his third season, was the team's workhorse in the running game last year, spending much of his time between the tackles. The 5-foot-11, 220-pounder battled for more than 1,200 yards in 2012 and caused nearly 30 missed tackles along the way.Ridley was asked during workouts Saturday whether he felt the new rule would affect his running style and, more importantly, his interactions with defenders. The 24-year-old didn't seem like he was ready to change much about the way he handles his business in the backfield."I'm going out there to play the game the way I play it," Ridley told reporters. "Hopefully I can do my best to stay safe and stay away from getting flagged from that penalty. But...
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