Stevan Ridley

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Stevan Ridley
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Ridley with the New England Patriots in 2011
No. 22 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1989-01-27) January 27, 1989 (age 29)
Natchez, Mississippi
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight: 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school: Trinity Episcopal Day School (Natchez, Mississippi)
College: LSU
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2018
Rushing attempts: 737
Rushing yards: 3,082
Rushing touchdowns: 24
Receptions: 30
Receiving yards: 162
Receiving touchdowns: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Stevan Todd Ridley (born January 27, 1989) is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Ridley has also played for the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, and Minnesota Vikings. With the Patriots, he won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

High school career

Ridley was born in Natchez, Mississippi. He attended Trinity Episcopal Day School in Natchez, where he played running back and linebacker for the Trinity Episcopal Saints high school football team.[1] As a senior in 2007, he rushed for 3,086 yards and 38 touchdowns.[2] He also competed in track, recording personal-bests of 11.25 seconds in the 100 meters and 23.42 seconds in the 200 meters.

College career

While at LSU, Ridley played from 2008–2010.[3] As a freshman, he rushed for 92 yards and a rushing touchdown.[4] As a sophomore, he rushed for 180 yards and three rushing touchdowns.[5] He rushed for a career-high of 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2010 season while also serving as permanent team captain.[6]

College statistics

Year Team Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds TD
2008 LSU 12 92 7.7 1 0 0 0
2009 LSU 45 180 4.0 3 6 33 0
2010 LSU 249 1,147 4.6 15 11 61 0
Career 306 1,419 4.6 19 17 94 0

Professional career

New England Patriots

Ridley was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 73rd overall pick by the New England Patriots, a round after the Patriots drafted another running back, Shane Vereen, with the 56th overall pick.[7][8]

2011 season

Ridley scored his first NFL touchdown in Week 4 of his rookie season, in the Patriots' 31–19 win over the Oakland Raiders; he had 97 yards on 10 carries (for an average of 9.7 yards per carry), including a 33-yard touchdown run, and a 3-yard reception.[9] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 87 carries for 441 yards and a touchdown.[10]

2012 season

During Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, Ridley had his best game of his early career in a 34–13 win over the Tennessee Titans. He had 125 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, and also grabbed three catches out of the backfield for 27 yards.[11] In Week 5, he topped his Week 1 performance with 151 yards rushing, with one touchdown, against the Denver Broncos.[12] In his second year, he proved to be a dependable running back in the NFL after racking up 1,263 total yards on 290 carries, while also scoring 12 rushing touchdowns during the regular season.[13] His 82 first down rushes ranked 3rd in the league amongst all NFL running backs. During the AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens on January 20, 2013, Ridley suffered a concussion after a head-to-head collision with Bernard Pollard, which also resulted in a fumble and a turnover. The Patriots lost the championship to the Ravens 13–28.[14]

2013 season

In Week 1 of the 2013 season, Ridley was benched in the second half of the game after losing a fumble. Ridley carried the ball nine times for 46 yards in the season opening 23–21 win over the Buffalo Bills.[15] After losing fumbles in three straight games, Ridley was a healthy scratch in the Patriots' Week 13 34–31 win over the Houston Texans. Plagued by the fumbling issues, Ridley lost significant playing time to LeGarrette Blount in his 2013 campaign, and finished the regular season with 178 carries for 773 yards with seven touchdowns.[16] He also had 10 catches for 62 yards on the season, the most in his career.[17] In the 2013–14 NFL playoffs, Ridley recorded his first career postseason multi-touchdown performance, rushing 14 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 43–22 divisional round win over the Indianapolis Colts.[18]

2014 season

Ridley had his longest rush (43 yards) in his career on October 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals.[19] During a Week 6 37–22 win against the Buffalo Bills, Ridley tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament, which ended his season.[20] Overall, he finished the 2014 season with 340 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[21]

Despite being on injured reserve, Ridley was a part of the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX team that defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28–24.[22]

New York Jets

Ridley was signed by the New York Jets on April 13, 2015.[23] During the 2015 season, Ridley played in eight games for the Jets, including one start, after missing the first half of the season due to a knee injury.[24] He finished the season with 36 carries for 90 yards.[25]

Detroit Lions

On April 5, 2016, Ridley signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[26] On August 25, 2016, Ridley was released by the Lions.[27]

Indianapolis Colts

On August 28, 2016, Ridley signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was released by the team one week later on September 3.[28]

Atlanta Falcons

On October 25, 2016, Ridley was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.[29] On November 3, he appeared in the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had three carries for seven yards.[30] He was released by the team on November 23, 2016.[31]

Denver Broncos

On July 27, 2017, Ridley was signed by the Denver Broncos.[32] He was released on September 2, 2017.[33]

Minnesota Vikings

On October 5, 2017, Ridley signed with the Minnesota Vikings after a season-ending injury to rookie Dalvin Cook.[34] On October 9, 2017, he was released by the Vikings.[35]

Pittsburgh Steelers

On December 19, 2017, Ridley signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[36] He appeared in two games in the regular season for the Steelers and had 108 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[37]

On April 4, 2018, Ridley re-signed with the Steelers.[38]

Career statistics

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2011 New England Patriots 16 2 87 441 5.1 33T 1 3 13 4.3 8 0 1 0
2012 New England Patriots 16 12 290 1,263 4.4 41 12 6 51 8.5 20 0 4 2
2013 New England Patriots 14 6 178 773 4.3 29 7 10 62 6.2 24 0 4 4
2014 New England Patriots 6 5 94 340 3.6 43 2 4 20 5.0 7 0 0 0
2015 New York Jets 8 1 36 90 2.5 13 0 4 -2 -0.5 3 0 0 0
2016 Atlanta Falcons 1 0 3 7 2.3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 Pittsburgh Steelers 2 1 26 108 4.2 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 63 27 714 3,022 4.2 43 23 27 144 5.3 24 0 9 6

References

  1. ^ Young, Shalise Manza (2011-10-09). "Hard to put down". Boston.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  2. ^ "Stevan Ridley". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  3. ^ "Stevan Ridley College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  4. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2008 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  5. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2009 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  6. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2010 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  7. ^ Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen Add Exciting Dynamic to Patriots' Offensive Backfield NESN, April 29, 2011
  8. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  9. ^ "New England Patriots at Oakland Raiders - October 2nd, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  10. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2011 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  11. ^ "New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans - September 9th, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  12. ^ "Denver Broncos at New England Patriots - October 7th, 2012". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  13. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2012 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  14. ^ "AFC Championship - Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots - January 20th, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  15. ^ "New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - September 8th, 2013". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  16. ^ "2013 New England Patriots Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  17. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2013 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  18. ^ "Divisional Round - Indianapolis Colts at New England Patriots - January 11th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  19. ^ "Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots - October 5th, 2014". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  20. ^ Volin, Ben (October 16, 2014). "Replacing Stevan Ridley won't be easy for Patriots". The Boston Globe. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
  21. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2014 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  22. ^ "Super Bowl XLIX - Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots - February 1st, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  23. ^ Lange, Randy (April 13, 2015). "RB Stevan Ridley Joins the Jets' Backfield". New York Jets. Archived from the original on April 14, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  24. ^ Chiari, Mike. "Stevan Ridley Injury: Updates on Jets RB's Recovery from Knee Surgery".
  25. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  26. ^ "Lions sign free agent RB Stevan Ridley". Detroit Lions. April 5, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2016.
  27. ^ Patra, Kevin. "Detroit Lions release ex-Patriots RB Stevan Ridley". NFL.com.
  28. ^ Bowen, Kevin (September 3, 2016). "Colts Begin Roster Cuts, Waive 10 Players, Sign Stevan Ridley". Colts.com.
  29. ^ Jackson, Curtis (October 25, 2016). "Falcons release Person, Hawk; sign Ward, Ridley". AtlantaFalcons.com. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  30. ^ "Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers - November 3rd, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  31. ^ Jackson, Curtis (November 23, 2016). "Falcons Promote CB Olatoye, Release RB Ridley". AtlantaFalcons.com.
  32. ^ Swanson, Ben (July 27, 2017). "Broncos sign RB Stevan Ridley, waive G Chris Muller". DenverBroncos.com.
  33. ^ Mason, Andrew (September 2, 2017). "Broncos trim roster at deadline". DenverBroncos.com.
  34. ^ "Vikings Sign Stevan Ridley, Place Dalvin Cook on IR". Vikings.com. October 5, 2017.
  35. ^ "Vikings Activate WR Michael Floyd, Release RB Stevan Ridley". Vikings.com. October 9, 2017.
  36. ^ Varley, Teresa (December 19, 2017). "Steelers sign Ridley". Steelers.com.
  37. ^ "Stevan Ridley 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  38. ^ Williams, Charean (April 3, 2018). "Report: Stevan Ridley to re-sign with Steelers". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · ESPN · Pro-Football-Reference
  • LSU Tigers bio at the Wayback Machine (archived June 16, 2011)
  • New England Patriots bio at the Wayback Machine (archived August 6, 2011)
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