Smerlas: Ridley ‘not running naturally’

Smerlas: Ridley ‘not running naturally’
September 19, 2013, 8:15 pm
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Stevan Ridley needs to take care of the football to be able to get back onto the field.

(AP Photo)

Stevan Ridley got back onto the field last week versus the New York Jets after being benched following a first half fumble against the Buffalo Bills.

Even though Ridley returned against the Jets, he didn’t seem to be back to his normal self, as he carried the ball 16 times for 40 yards for just 2.5 yards per carry, which is well below his career average.

Glenn Ordway, Fred Smerlas and Steve DeOssie sat down and discussed Ridley’s play on New England Tailgate.

“I think last week he was shell-shocked because of what happened in Buffalo,” DeOssie said. “You could see that he was tentative. You could see that he was sort of pitter-pattering and worrying more about ball security. Great ball security should come naturally, you shouldn’t have to force the issue. If you are forcing the ball security, all of a sudden, you are not as fluid and quick and instinctive as you need to be as a running back.”

With Shane Vereen out due to a broken wrist, Ridley will most likely see a heavy workload this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“He is not running naturally,” Smerlas said. “He needs to get the ball, find the hole and run hard.”