Where Patriots RB Stevan Ridley might be on the depth chart the next time it’s issued might be a closely-watched story line as the Patriots begin preparations for Thursday night’s home opener against the Jets. Ridley, who rushed for 1,263 yards last season, was asked if he thinks he needs to win his starting job back.
“Absolutely,” Ridley said. “Two turnovers, man, and I was out of there the rest of the game."
Shane Vereen took over and looked great as a runner and pass catcher. You have to wonder just how much Vereen would have played if not for Ridley's turnovers, though. Even so, Vereen appears to be a PPR flex play at the very least most weeks. It's always hard to tell how the Patriots will use their RBs and a depth chart may not always mean a lot, but, Vereen looks a little safer right now in a Thursday night game against the Jets.