Ridley: Benching in Houston was a wake-up call

Ridley: Benching in Houston was a wake-up call
January 2, 2014, 1:30 pm
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It's been a roller coaster season for Stevan Ridley.

There were plenty of high expectations for the Patriots running back heading into the season, especially after the monster season he had prior to it.

But Ridley didn't get off to a hot start, and instead ran into problems with ball security. He's fumbled the ball four times this season, some of which were very costly fumbles.

He didn't fumble in the team's Week 13 win over the Texans. That's because Ridley was inactive for that game - benched by the team.

That was the point in which he knew things had to change for him. Speaking on CSNNE's Patriots Wednesday Live, Ridley tells Mike Giardi he's keeping a positive attitude and working harder than ever so he can help his "brothers" on the field.

"The benching in Houston was definitely a wake-up call for me," Ridley said. "For me, you have to take the bad with the good. You just keep pushing it everyday that I have to play this sport. I'm blessed and very fortunate. For me it's just sticking it out."

Despite Ridley's struggles, his teammates and coaches know that he'll be counted on - especially in the playoffs.

"Tom pulled me off to the side and said regardless of what I'm going through, this team is going to need me down the road," Ridley said. "And that means a lot."