The Lions are hosting free agent running back Stevan Ridley for a visit today, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (via Twitter). As Rapoport notes, Ridley is now two years removed from the major ACL/MCL injury that ended his 2014 season.
A former third-round pick, Ridley averaged 5.1 yards per carry in limited action during his rookie season in 2011, then exploded for 1,263 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012. However, fumbling issues landed him on the bench in New England, and his knee injury limited him in both 2014 and 2015.
After spending his first four years in the NFL with the Patriots, Ridley signed with the Jets last year, but didn’t see the field all that much after coming off the PUP list. With Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell handling the majority of the workload out of the backfield, Ridley took over for Zac Stacy as the No. 3 back and earned just 36 carries, totaling only 90 yards for a career-worst 2.5 yards per attempt.
If he’s healthier this year than he was in 2015 though, Ridley could be worth a flier to see if he can regain anything close to his 2012 form. For the Lions, Ameer Abdullah figures to head into the 2016 season as the No. 1 option on the depth chart, but the club could use some veteran depth after releasing Joique Bell earlier in the offseason.
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