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Green-Ellis' replacement in New England

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08:00 AM ET 04.06 | With BenJarvus Green-Ellis having shuffled off to the Bengals, New England suddenly has a hole at running back. The way we hear it, the team still really likes RB Stevan Ridley, even though his fumbles in back-to-back games cost him a chance to get carries in the AFC championship game and the Super Bowl. Ridley fumbled in the regular-season finale and lost a fumble in the divisional win over the Broncos. But Ridley had some big runs during the season, averaging 5.1 yards a carry. He had five rushes that went for 20 yards or longer -- no other Patriot had a 20-yard carry last season. Behind Ridley, the Patriots need to see more from Shane Vereen, who was hampered by a hamstring injury most of the season.

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April 6, 2012  08:04 AM ET

Shane can't tap dance his way to stardom like his cousin did.

April 6, 2012  08:19 AM ET

He'll be missed by Patriots fans for his ball security and reliability in short yardage situations.

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April 6, 2012  08:57 AM ET
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He'll be missed by Patriots fans for his ball security and reliability in short yardage situations.

+1
Is there another team that tries to buy RB's on the cheap like NE?

April 6, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I'm content, I honestly didn't expect the law firm back in NE this year. They invest 2 2nd rd picks on RBs for a reason. Ridley will fill in well in short yardage situations, I'd say it's a bit premature to say he has fumbling problems. As for Vereen, I'm really excited about him, he could give the Pats the first home run threat in the backfield since Dillon. So I say give the two young guys a chance to shine, and if they can't cut it.... well it's not like the Pats offense is even remotely predicated on the running game.

April 6, 2012  09:18 AM ET

The Pats are like the Packers when it comes to running backs. They know there any number of guys every year that can get the job done in the system around them.
I doubt BB is losing any sleep over that position.

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April 6, 2012  09:56 AM ET
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I'm content, I honestly didn't expect the law firm back in NE this year. They invest 2 2nd rd picks on RBs for a reason. Ridley will fill in well in short yardage situations, I'd say it's a bit premature to say he has fumbling problems. As for Vereen, I'm really excited about him, he could give the Pats the first home run threat in the backfield since Dillon. So I say give the two young guys a chance to shine, and if they can't cut it.... well it's not like the Pats offense is even remotely predicated on the running game.

No need to blow a first round pick on a running back when there are many to be had in the later rounds who can be just as effective.

April 6, 2012  10:15 AM ET

Pats have a lot of Options!!!

April 6, 2012  10:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He'll be missed by Patriots fans for his ball security and reliability in short yardage situations.

The ball security was amazing and he never seemed to get negative yardage. On the other hand, he was never a threat to break open a run of 15 or more. The Bengals overpaid for him. Ridley is not the answer, tho.

April 6, 2012  11:17 AM ET
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The Bengals overpaid for him...

Words rarely spoken...

April 6, 2012  12:37 PM ET

whoever they put back there won't slow down their offense; Gronk and Hernandez could spend more time as FB's and get 600+ yds

April 6, 2012  01:43 PM ET

the Pats are one of the best pass first teams in a definite passing league. The teams that generally have the best running games do so because their pass attack leaves much to be desired. One exception is Houston provided it can keep the QB healthy. Belichick punishes rookies when they mess up, ergo Ridley eating some bench. Unless the kid has no smarts, he'll learn from the experience and the Pats will continue to shine. Keep Brady upright, that's all.

April 6, 2012  02:40 PM ET

Timing is awful..they could have had Tebow........

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April 6, 2012  05:08 PM ET
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Timing is awful..they could have had Tebow........

Ple-ease....my Jets can trade Tebow and get a real RB or another wideout!

April 6, 2012  05:27 PM ET

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