My thoughts haven not changed. Ridley is a lead back, but unlike the aforementioned Adrian Peterson is not a feature back; meaning I expect Ridley to share carries with Vereen (when healthy), Bolden and Blount. I see Blount as almost a short yardage FB in this case. Vereen can be flexed out and used as WR with Hou or Bolden as blitz pick-up. The key, for me, has been for the Pats to run the ball effectively and tailor the offense for the players different skill sets. If and when Gronk gets back his presence could open up passing lanes and running lanes. This is what having TE who is a good blocker and receiver does. Ridley has performed up to and come close to surpassing expectations (better than Lacy, Ingram and a slew of RBs taken from a higher draft position than him over the last 3 years). I agree that he CANNOT fumble the ball especially in the post-season. From a positional standpoint I like the Pats backs ( I like them even more with Vereen healthy).
I also want go on record as saying the Pats need a bye week more than any team in the NFL to heal up some of their players. I know Mayo and 'Fork are gone, but a number of players should be healthy come polayoff time.