Fourth-year running back Stevan Ridley said he has been pushed even harder by the young group of Patriot RBs behind him on the depth chart, and it's created a new challenge this season. After all, he's been in their place and knows exactly what they're thinking. They're here, and they want to play just as hard as he does.
Ridley has a chance to step back in and play a major role in the Pats rushing game, but is he just a fumble away from the doghouse yet again? That's the risk/reward owners will take. Rookie James White is considered more of a Shane Vereen type and Brandon Bolden hasn't really emerged.