I know he had fumblelitis but I'm so impressed with this kid and his maturity and how much he gets it.
Last week on NFL Network he was very assertive, proffesional well soft spoke and just sounded like a veteran when speaking about the Patriot way. I posted about this last week but had to post again after reading what he told LaFell. Video is worth the 5+ minutes.
Here's that Ridley told Laffell
Ridley’s excitement shines through: LaFell’s former teammate at Louisiana State, running back Stevan Ridley, was surprised to initially learn that LaFell was coming to town. LaFell then relayed what Ridley said: “He was like, ‘Bro, we have a bunch of young guys that play a lot of good ball, but we need another veteran that will step in and help those young guys grow. You can be one of those [final] pieces for us in taking this thing to the next level. I’ll tell you, just like I tell anybody else, you have to come up here and be able to sacrifice your off-the-field life for the things you have to do -- put in extra time in film and extra work after practice.’ He kept saying the word sacrifice. And hard work. He said if you’re committed to do that with the rest of those guys, you’ll fit in and help us win games.”
I really hope this kid fixes his fumbling issues which I think he did towards the end of the season. That's the only thing keeping him from IMO being a stud back. He has it all and could be a Curtis Martin type RB. He's a kid I hope the Patriots keep, he's the type of player this needs more off.