Stevan Ridley’s fumbling issues came back in a big way in Week 1, with one proving to be very costly. Despite that, Gresh & Zo argued that the Patriots can’t give up on the running back.
“I know the instantaneous snapshot was of some people and some dopes via the text saying, ‘Get rid of Ridley, cut Ridley, why the hell is the guy here?’ The fumbles have been untimely, but it is not an epidemic with him,” Andy Gresh said. “Here’s why you don’t give up on Stevan Ridley. He was asked about it after the game. … We’ve talked about accountability and attitude. Listen to Ridley’s comments after the game on his play.”
“I really can’t make any excuses, man,” Ridley said after the game. “Two balls on the ground is unacceptable, but I’m not going to sit on the past. I just have to accept where I messed up and made the mistake and grow from it. That’s really all you can do is not really point the fingers and just come back to work tomorrow. I hate it, it’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game of football. I’m just going to have to keep working and keep driving and keep pushing forward. We have 15 weeks in front of us, and I’m going right back to work.”
Ridley also expressed zero frustration about getting benched, saying it had to happen for a player when he puts the ball on the ground.
“That’s why you don’t give up on that cat. That’s why you don’t give up on him, because you hear and you see the character coming through with Stevan Ridley,” Gresh said. “He gets it.”