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Surprised that Stevan Ridley is even on this list?
He is here because of speculation from ESPN.com's Mike Reiss, who posited that Ridley may not make the Patriots 53-man roster. This would come as a surprise, given Ridley has been the starter in New England, albeit by de facto to a degree.
Ridley is a talented back who suffers from fumbleitis—a professional malady. His propensity to put the ball on the ground has been a source of frustration for head coach Bill Belichick. But is it enough to get Ridley cut?
Then there is the fact the Patriots drafted James White, who has created some hype this preseason. The rookie out of Wisconsin has not matched that hype in preseason games, however, averaging 2.8 yards per carry and generally looking ineffective.
In truth, why would the Patriots cut Ridley? Even if White is primed to take a larger role and Belichick is sick of fumbles, there is little reason to simply cut bait.
Ridley is in the final year of his rookie contract, meaning the Patriots have little to gain in terms of cap space by cutting him. Moreover, cutting him would actually leave the team thin at the position.
That is, of course, unless you feel that the underwhelming White, brittle Shane Vereen, a continuously hobbled Brandon Bolden and rookie return specialist Roy Finch make for a strong backfield.
Roster Verdict: Safe