Posts Tagged ‘Stevan Ridley’

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: Week 1 Observations

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Shane Vereen helped keep New England alive after usurping Stevan Ridley as New England’s primary back. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots were put to the test at Buffalo this afternoon, barely emerging victorious via a 23-21 margin in a game which went Buffalo’s way for quite some time. Read on for five key takeaways from the Patriots’ season opener.

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Tale of the Tape: First-Team Glance at Patriots’ Preseason Victory over Eagles

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

New England’s first-teamers left their mark on the field, and in the tape. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images.)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Despite a late surge, the New England Patriots managed to hold off the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-22, in the preseason opener. Yet for all intents and purposes, the final score was insignificant.

How individual players and personnel units fared was what carried weight.

Now like all exhibition contests, the Aug. 9 tilt was less so about the end result than it was about the performances that led to the end result. Cohesion is a work in progress at this point for the Patriots. And with a 90-man roster, the first-team offense and defense garnered a limited workload during Week 1 of the preseason.

But they still did garner a workload.

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Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley: The Symbiotic Patriots Backfield

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Why did Shane Vereen get passed on the depth chart by Brandon Bolden? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban once said, “Everything that Bill Belichick does has some purpose.”

That was precisely the case when the New England Patriots selected California running back Shane Vereen at pick 56, then Louisiana State running back Stevan Ridley at pick 73 of the 2011 NFL draft.

Two years later, we now know that double-dipping at halfback was not a redundant move for New England. Both men have served a purpose. Yet thus far, one has gotten more opportunities than the other. That man has been Ridley.

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Patriots Set For Rematch With Houston Texans In First Playoff Game

Saturday, January 5th, 2013
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Stevan Ridley played a big part against the Texans last game. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

When the Houston Texans came to Gillette Stadium to play the New England Patriots during the regular season, they got embarrassed in a 42-14 rout. That should give the Patriots plenty of confidence heading into their first playoff game, which will once again be against the Texans at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 13 in the divisional round of the AFC playoffs.

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Rams vs. Patriots: Game Preview and Mailbag

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

Follow me on Twitter @iamjoonlee and ask me questions throughout the weeks so we can get some more weekly mailbag questions.

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Have the Patriots Become A Run-First Offense?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
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Is Stevan Ridley the Patriots first option?

NEPD Staff Writer: Dan Hope

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and his ability to pass the ball has been the backbone of the Patriots’ offense ever since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in 2001, led the team to a Super Bowl and started building one of the greatest quarterback careers of all-time.

The Patriots’ offense has a different look and feel, however, this season.

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Patriots vs Bills: Brady Leads Offensive Explosion

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Tom Brady and the Patriots got back on track this week at Buffalo (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Matthew Jones

This week, the New England Patriots rebounded from their previous two losses by defeating the Buffalo Bills 52-28 thanks to 45 second-half points. The Patriots racked up 580 yards of total offense and dominated Buffalo through the air as well as on the ground. They forced six turnovers on defense while committing just one penalty.

Tom Brady looked sharp, throwing for 340 yards and scoring four total touchdowns (including one on the ground.) All of New England’s major receiving targets found roles, and running backs Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley punished Buffalo’s run defense. Read on for some of the major storylines behind New England’s victory.

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