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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.
| Ivory played through lower-body injury in Week 7 -- Mon Oct 26 4:25 pm --|
|New York Jets RB Chris Ivory injured his hamstring against the New England Patriots in a Week 7 30-23 loss. Ivory doesn't believe the injury will force him to miss future game time.
"I felt a little tightness in my hamstring the first play," Ivory said. "I didn't have the confidence in getting around the edge. I'm fine. I'm ready to go for next week." (Bleacher Report)|
FF Today's Take: For what it is worth, HC Todd Bowles said his main runner was dealing with tightness in his quad. Injuries are part of the risk that comes along with owning Ivory, who ranks sixth in the league in rushing with 501 yards despite he's missed a full game and the Jets have had their bye week. Zac Stacy appears to be the next man up for now as Bilal Powell (ankle) and Stevan Ridley (knee) were inactive for Week 7. Stacy was already stealing some passing-down work from Ivory in Powell's absence, so he is certainly worth a speculative add in most leagues.