Trash Talk: Put Ridley back in lineup?

Trash Talk: Put Ridley back in lineup?
December 5, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Stevan Ridley needs to take care of the football to be able to get back onto the field.

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There was something noticeably different in the Patriots backfield against the Houston Texans, no Stevan Ridley.

Ridely was inactive for the game, and spent his Sunday watching the Patriots pull off a 34-31 win from the sidelines.

Andy Hart and Paul Perillo debated on Patriots Football Weekly whether it is time to put Ridley back in the backfield despite his fumbling problems.

“As sad as it makes me to say this, I think Stevan Ridley is just about done here,” Hart said. “I don’t need to see him back out there against the Cleveland Browns because I’m sure he’d be fine. Do I think he’d fumble? Probably not because he has gone plenty of games in his career without fumbling.

“But I don’t understand what putting him out against the Browns, the Ravens, Dolphins or Bills, what does that prove? You’re still in the back of your mind going to say, ‘When it is on the line come January can I trust him?’ So, I think you need to go with your other horses and go with the guys that are probably going to be the guys come January.”

Perillo believes Ridley can still provide valuable contributions to the Patriots’ offense.

“No matter how long he goes without his next fumble, it is always going to be in the back of your mind,” Perillo said. “But I think you need this guy. He is the best runner you have out of that backfield. I think you need him to sort of balance out your offense.”