Monday, September 15, 2014

Patriots like Ridley's work after contact of late


While New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley has battled fumbling issues in the past, it hasn't been for a lack of effort.

That effort was on full display Sunday in the Patriots' 30-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Ridley led the Patriots in rushing with 101 yards on 25 carries, though it wasn't that total that necessarily stood out. After all, 4 yards a rush isn't anything spectacular.

It's how Ridley got those yards. More than half of them--55, to be exact--were gained after contact, something that gained the attention of his teammates.

"Ridley had a good game," fullback James Develin said Monday, via CSNNE's Phil Perry. "He ran the ball hard, and I think our offensive line did a really good job paving the way for him.

"He isn't afraid to get down there and get those grinding yards, lower his pads and just run through some people."

Ridley added a score in the game, and fellow tailback Shane Vereen pitched in with 40 yards on six carries behind a good showing from the team's somewhat in-flux offensive front.

"You can't be a one-dimensional team," quarterback Tom Brady said. "Being a finesse team only takes you so far. We talked a lot about being physical. Being mentally and physically tough. All those guys up front really stepped up to the challenge."

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