Evaluating Jets RB Stevan Ridley

Height 5’11
Weight 220

Overview: Stevan Ridley was a running back from the New England Patriots, who is currently on the New York Jets. During his career, he’s had 649 carries for 2,817 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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Strengths: Good vision, knows how to find the holes. Shifty, a great downhill runner. A bruiser type at running back who runs hard and angry. A decent blocker. Has decent breakaway speed. A great route running and knows how to beat his defenders.

Weaknesses: Lacks the speed and explosiveness on big runs. Needs to work on securing the football. Can work and and needs to work on the passing game. Durability can be a concern.

How he fits the New York Jets: Currently the New York Jets have Chris Ivory, Daryl Richardson, Bilal Powell, Zac Stacy, along with Stevan Ridley competing for roster spots at running back. New York Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan has mentioned that he is interesting in keeping 4 running backs, which could mean at least 3 spots are open if they decide to keep a full back on the roster. What can Ridley bring to the Jets? Although all of the current backs have similar skill set and traits with one another he can be asset if the Jets decide to ground and pound. His ability to find holes and make big plays will be an advantage to the running game.

Bottom Line: Ridley a physical runner who runs angry. He knows how to find holes in order to make big time plays on offense.

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