Friday, December 27, 2013

Ridley plans to 'hold on tight' vs. Bills and beyond


The New England Patriots' last meeting with the Buffalo Bills sparked running back Stevan Ridley's 2013 fumbling campaign.

Ridley's second-quarter fumble in in that Week 1 game was returned 74 yards for a touchdown. He went on to lose a fumble in three consecutive games later in the season, which led to his benching.

Since getting pulled from a contest at the end of November and de-activated the following week, the Patriots have eased him back into the lineup, and last week, he saw the most rushing attempts in a single game since Week 10.

Heading into a Week 17 matchup with the Bills that still has playoff implications for the division champs, Ridley is determined to keep trending in a positive direction. To do so, he must stick to the basics.

"Hold on tight, that’s all I can tell you because there’s no magic words, there’s not one thing I can do,” Ridley said this week, via WEEI. "I can’t change the player that I am. I just have to go out there and play ball.

". . . These upcoming games we’re trying to be mistake-free and if we can be mistake-free it definitely gives us the upper hand and the better chance of winning the ballgame. And that’s all our coaches are trying to do. There’s no hard feelings [regarding playing time]. I’m just trying to win every game from here on out, the Bills included, and that’s our team’s focus right now."

Sunday, Ridley will be up against a defense that has given up 4.2 yards a carry and forced just four fumbles all season. If he wants to make a case for a larger role in the postseason, now is the time.

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