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|With BenJarvus Green-Ellis having departed via free agency to Cincinnati, Ridley will enter training camp as the team’s starter at running back… at least that is what the football world is expecting. What head coach Bill Belichick has in mind is anybody’s guess. Having looked solid in a reserve role as a rookie in 2011, Ridley shapes up as the best bet to start in a New England backfield that also includes Danny Woodhead, fellow 2nd year player Shane Vereen and former Colt Joseph Addai. Ridley is the most physical runner of the group and is the favorite to land the short yardage and fourth quarter clock eating work, provided he avoids the fumbling issues that landed him in Belichick’s doghouse last season. With so many options, look for Ridley to get 10-12 touches per game, which should be good enough to rank as a mid-tier RB3 in 2012.
|Steelers add Blount to backfield -- Fri Mar 28 3:23 pm --|
|LeGarrette Blount agreed to a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers today during his visit, according to league sources. Blount, 27, also had interest from the Patriots in bringing him back, but sources say they didn't approach the financial commitment of the Steelers.
FF Today's Take: Blount will fill a backup role behind every-down back Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh. Blount's arrival won't affect Bell's status as a RB1 with upside and his departure leaves Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen as the top two options in New England.