He’s enough of a threat that the Patriots have been able to use play-action far more effectively than in recent years.
The fumbles get attention, but they aren’t the only thing that should be talked about with Ridley. If you’ve seen the commercial he did for a local Cadillac dealership, you likely noticed that he’s wearing a jumpsuit that looks a lot like footie pajamas — without the feet.
The jumpsuits, made by California Christiania Republic, came to Ridley’s attention over the summer when he was in Las Vegas and saw friend Von Miller rocking a green one with bright orange sneakers and a matching hat.
Miller gave Ridley one, and these days it’s almost all he wears, around Gillette Stadium and out and about. He has “winter” jumpsuits made of fleece, including one with white fur along the zipper (a la Santa Claus) that he wore on Christmas.
“I wear them, they’re comfortable, they work for me, I don’t have to wear regular clothes,” he said. “I wake up in the morning, put my underwear on, jump in my onesie and I’m out the door. It saves time. I get more sleep if I wear a onesie because I don’t have to wear regular clothes.”
He has given them to teammates, and even left one for Bill Belichick last week.
“I’m going to see if I can get him to wear it — it’s got the sleeves cut off and everything so he’s ready to go,” Ridley said, laughing. “He has no excuse.”
As for his on-field performance, Ridley isn’t taking the clichéd route of sleeping with a football, but he knows that ball security has to be a focus — though not an obsession.
“If you overthink it, you’ll find yourself getting in more trouble than just going out there and doing what you know that you need to do, and that’s holding onto the football,” he said.
“So that’s really all I’m going to take from it — leave the past in the past, good or bad, that’s what I do, and try to move forward and finish this year with no more fumbles. That’s my main goal.”