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Obviously on a team like the New England Patriots, there are many candidates for offensive player of the year. At this point though, the man who has performed the best and impacted the offense the most, both in terms of production and evolution, has been tailback Stevan Rildey.
The second-year back has replaced the departed BenJarvus Green-Ellis in a way that most people had no idea he was capable of. Ridley is currently No. 4 in the NFL with 490 rushing yards, just shy of 100 yards per game. He also is New England's overall leader behind Tom Brady with four touchdowns.
The fact that Ridley is getting the amount of carries and yards he is on an offense with Tom Brady and so many weapons in the passing game shows just what the coaching staff thinks of him.
The one negative you can dish out on Ridley is ball security. Through five games he has fumbled twice, losing one of them. When you handle the ball as much as he has, fumbles will happen, but he needs to make sure they occur as few and far between as possible.