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Jets RB Stevan Ridley (knee) has been placed on the PUP list to start the season.  He'll miss at least the first 6 games.  Ridley's recovery from last October's torn ACL has gone slowly.  Meanwhile, Chris Ivory has locked down the starting job with a strong preseason.  With RB Bilal Powell expected to handle pass-catching duties, Ridley will have trouble climbing higher than 3rd on the depth chart this year.

Jets RB Stevan Ridley won't guarantee that he'll be ready for the start of training camp. "I really can't predict the future, man," Ridley said. "I just know that, for me, I've got to be ready for Week 1. That's the goal right now. I'm not going to set myself up for any false hope or say that I'm going to do something that I'm not."  It's notable because players are usually over-optimistic about their rehab, so Ridley's might be behind schedule.  He tore his ACL last October and didn't get any 11-on-11 work this spring.  Ridley needs to be ready to roll when camp opens if he wants to beat out Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy for the lead RB job.

Jets HC Todd Bowles said Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell are currently #1 and #2 on the RB depth chart.  He noted that RB Zac Stacy is "still learning" the offense and that Stevan Ridley (knee) is injured.  But Ivory will head to training camp atop the totem pole and as the favorite to open the season as the Jets' lead ball-carrier.  Bowles' depth chart is also a sign that Powell is set to play a significant pass-catching role.  He caught 36 balls for 272 yards just a couple of years ago.

Jets RB Stevan Ridley was "moving well" in positional drills during Wednesday's OTA session, according to insider Rich Cimini.  Ridley, 6 months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL, will be limited in these spring workouts.  But it sounds like he's making good progress in his rehab.  The Jets expect Ridley to be a full-go for training camp.  He'll need to be if he wants to beat out RBs Chris Ivory and Zac Stacy for the starting job.

ESPN's Rich Cimini hears that new Jets RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.  Ridley tore his ACL and MCL last October and had to wait until November to have surgery.  He'll be about 8 months removed from surgery when camp opens in late July.  Ridley will need to be at full strength if he wants to beat out Chris Ivory for the lead-back job in New York.

RB Stevan Ridley is set to sign with the Jets, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.  It's a curious decision by both sides since New York already has a power back in Chris Ivory.  Ridley, of course, is currently recovering from a torn ACL suffered last October.  The fact that the Jets felt comfortable signing him is an indication that his rehab is going well.  We'll see how new OC Chan Gailey plans to divvy carries between Ridley and Ivory.  The Jets could also still add a change-of-pace type back in the draft.

ESPN's Boston Mike Reiss hears that free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is expected to receive full medical clearance in about 6 weeks.  That'd be just 7-and-a-half months after he tore his ACL.  Ridley reportedly has his 1st visits of free agency lined up for this week.  If healthy, the 26-year-old is the top RB left on the open market.

The MRI on Patriots RB Stevan Ridley’s injured knee revealed a torn ACL and MCL. He’s done for the season and will be in a race to get ready for the start of 2015 training camp. It’s a tough break for Ridley, who will be a free agent this offseason. RB Shane Vereen figures to see a bump in usage with Ridley gone, but New England will need James White and/or Brandon Bolden to step into the “big back” role. For more on those guys, check out our Week 6 Free Agent Focus.

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is scheduled for an MRI on his injured knee tomorrow.  The team fears a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.  That'd end Ridley's season and leave New England with Shane Vereen, James White and Brandon Bolden in the backfield.  Vereen would certainly see an increased role, but there'd be plenty of opportunity for White and Bolden in the "big back" role.  White has been a healthy scratch for 5 of the Patriots' 6 games, including this week.  Bolden carried 6 times for 10 yards against the Bills.

Patriots RB Stevan Ridley suffered a knee injury in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Bills.  He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the contest, hinting at a significant injury.  RB Brandon Bolden has stepped in as New England's big back.

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Patriots RB James White is a healthy scratch for today's game against the Dolphins.  The rookie impressed in offseason practices but fizzled in preseason action.  He's not ready for a game-day role yet.  Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden will serve as New England's top 3 RBs today.

After talk that Patriots RB Stevan Ridley's roster spot was in danger, he ended up on the team's final 53-man roster.  Now there's a good chance he opens the season as New England's lead RB.  Ridley is the best between-the-tackles runner on the team and finished with a better yards-per-carry average than both Shane Vereen and James White this preseason.  The Patriots' unpredictable weekly game plans and Ridley's ball-security issues make him a risky fantasy option, but there's still top-20 upside here.

Patriots insider Mike Reiss has RB Stevan Ridley off his latest roster projection.  Reiss admits that it's just a "hunch."  But he's one of the top beat writers in the country, so it's certainly worth noting.  Reiss points out the fact that Ridley played just 11 snaps in this past weekend's preseason contest.  Only 6 of those came in the 1st half.  Ridley is averaging just 3.9 yards per carry on 19 exhibition totes and lost that fumble in the 2nd preseason game.  We'll still bet on him making the final roster, but Ridley is back to being an extremely risky fantasy pick.  If he does get cut, rookie James White would likely assume the lead ball-carrying role.

Patriots HC Bill Belichick was asked about RB Stevan Ridley's fumble in Friday night's preseason game.  Belichick admitted that "it was close" -- Ridley's knee might have been down before the ball popped loose -- but also made it clear that ball-security is a major concern.  "We always talk about ball security, taking care of the ball. There is nothing that correlates more to winning and losing than turnovers," Belichick said Saturday. "That's always a high priority for us. We never want the ball out. ... The plays where the ball gets away from us, whether we recover it or it goes out of bounds, or they recover it, those are all plays we're trying to avoid obviously. So they do matter [when grading the play]."  We'll be keeping a close eye on Ridley's reps in practice this week and in New England's 3rd preseason game.  Until we know whether he'll remain the Patriots' lead early-down back, consider him a risk/reward RB3.

It was an interesting night in the Patriots backfield.  Stevan Ridley drew the start against the Eagles but split carries with James White with both the 1st and 2nd-team offenses.  Ridley looked good, carrying 9 times for 45 yards.  Then he put the ball on the turf (New England recovered) and didn't see the field again.  It's unclear if that was part of the game plan or punishment for the fumble.  Based on Ridley's history, we're guessing it was the latter.  We'll see if HC Bill Belichick is willing to give Ridley another chance.  For now, he's back to being a risky RB3 pick in your fantasy draft.  White, meanwhile, managed just 27 yards on his 10 carries.  But his usage is more important than his performance.  It's looking like he'll play a significant role right out of the gate.  Ridley's fumble only helps White's fantasy stock.  Then there's Shane Vereen.  He did his thing in the passing game, hauling in 2 balls for 21 yards.  But Vereen didn't see a single carry.  He now has 1 carry through 2 preseason games.  New England has been hesitant to give Vereen a significant ball-carrying role in the past, and there's been no indication that will change in 2014.  We just made some significant adjustments to our Patriots RB projections.

Patriots RB James White received "a number of reps" with the 1st-team offense in Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles, per insider Phil Perry.  It's not a huge surprise considering all the praise White has received over the past couple months.  We're guessing that the rookie is still 3rd in the backfield pecking order, but you never know with the Pats.  White is certainly worth rolling the dice on late in fantasy drafts.

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