Re: Ridley and Fumbles
posted at 8/1/2013 4:48 PM EDT
In response to Getzo's comment:
A lot of people have been commenting on Ridley’s inability to hold onto the ball. While I agree he can improve in that area, I think it’s a little over exaggerated considering others at his position.
Jamaal Charles and Willis McGahee had more fumbles than Ridley.
Bryce Brown, Reggie Bush, Fred Jackson, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy and Alfred Morris all had the same amount of fumbles as Ridley.
Ridley had more rushing touchdowns than everyone listed but Morris.
He's not perfect but, let's give him some time.... I wanted to make a comparison to him and Tiki Barber as I remember a lot of noise about him and his inability to hold onto the ball. But Tiki had 3 or 4 seasons of 8 or more fumbles!
Again, Ridley needs to do a better job of holding onto the ball, but I feel this guy is a top 10 talent at the position.
I agree. All-world Ray Rice gave the ball up 3 times in the postseason and lost all 3, including one in the Superbowl that could have killed the Ravens. I don't see many people saying Ray Rice has fumbleitis or is soft. Yes, Ridley can do a better job. He needs to protect the ball when making contact, which he usually initiates. Re: the Pollard hit, he got knocked-the-eff-out trying for a few extra yards. I'm thinking he learned from that mistake. Secure the ball first, learn to absorb contact rather than trying to be a pile driver all the time. I think he will be fine.