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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.
|Blount buried on depth chart -- Tue Apr 30 11:30 am --|
Patriots RB may have difficult time making the roster
|With the NFL draft now over, let's reset the Patriots roster with a projected depth chart at each position. Depth charts are always fluid, and we expect these to change in the coming weeks and months as we learn more about the additions to the roster and their roles. Quick hit: An area of depth got deeper with the addition of LeGarrette Blount. He’s a niche player -- not an every-down back -- and the Patriots have a nice stable of talent in the backfield. (ESPN Boston)|
FF Today's Take: Should Blount make the team, he's likely to have a role as a short-yardage and/or goaline back. Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen will likely receiver the bulk of the carries out of the Patriots backfield with a little Brandon Bolden and Leon Washington mixed in. Blount's fantasy value is minimal at this point.
|Bucs trade Blount to Patriots -- Sat Apr 27 4:00 pm --|
In exchage for RB Jeff Demps and seventh round pick (229)
|The Patriots traded running back Jeff Demps and a seventh round pick (229) to Tampa Bay for running back LeGarrette Blount. (Boston.com)|
FF Today's Take: Blount was a fish out of water in Tampa Bay last year but will add depth to the Patriots running back group. Stevan Ridley is sitll in line to get the bulk of the carries and fantasy points but this move doesn't strengthen his fantasy value.