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Stevan Ridley may not get a lot of attention, but he is quietly going rush for north of 1,200 yards this season. In just his second year he has become the clear No. 1 back in and found the end zone ten times so far this season.
The former-LSU back will be a key cog in the Patriots run at a Super Bowl. At some point in the playoffs, there could very well be a situation where the Patriots are attempting to run down the clock and protect a lead and Ridley will be called upon. If that situation comes, Ridley needs to make ball security priority number one, before gaining extra yards.
Another scenatio that could easily arise based on the time of year is inclement weather, something Ridley has not had to play in much in his brief stint in New England. However, if the situation arises and the Patriots are having an off day throwing the ball in the cold, snowy winter weather, he needs to answer the bell.
For the first time since Corey Dillon, the Patriots have a back that has the ability to be a real difference maker in the playoff run.