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Rookie Stevan Ridley adds to the running back group

Posted by Monique Walker, Globe Staff  September 27, 2011 02:19 PM

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Rookie running back Stevan Ridley ended Sunday's game with a season-high in carries and gave the Patriots a better idea of what they have in their third-round draft pick.

Ridley, who played at Louisiana State, had a team-high seven carries for 44 yards, including a run of 16 yards in the 34-31 loss against the Buffalo Bills.

Overall, the Patriots ran the ball 26 times for 108 yards in the loss and six different players registering carries. Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien said today Ridley still has a ways to go but is working hard.

"Last week was basically the first game that [Ridley] had played a decent amount [in]," O'Brien said. "He’s got a long way to go, just like any rookie, as it relates to the overall scheme and knowing what to do and things like that.

"I think that whole position has been good for us this year and productive. He’ll be another guy that we add into the mix there. Again, he’s got to improve in a lot of areas and he is a hard working guy. He’s his own guy; I wouldn’t compare him to anybody."

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