Strong Start For Patriots Running Back Stevan Ridley

September 10, 2012 12:00 AM
Strong Start For Patriots Running Back Stevan Ridley
" BOSTON (CBS) – When it comes to the New England Patriots’ offense, the focus is always on the passing attack led by Tom Brady.

On Sunday, he got a lot of help from his running back; something New England fans haven’t been able to say too often since Corey Dillon left in 2006.

Second-year back Stevan Ridley carried the ball 21 times for 125 yards – both career highs — and found the end zone late in the third quarter to put New England on top 28-10 in their eventual 34-13 season-opening victory over the Titans.

For Ridley, who was used sparingly throughout his rookie season, it was a surprise to get that many touches.

“21 carries, that’s a higher number than I expected,” he said following the win. “I’m just very thankful.”

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“Coach had a game plan and told us what it was going to be and how we could run the ball effectively,” said Ridley, who also added a pair of catches for 27 yards. “He keeps it pretty simple for us over the week; he just tells us to go out and do our job. I went out there and did my job "

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