The Lions signed Ridley this offseason with the idea that he would fulfill their “big back” role. He slid down the depth chart over the summer, however, and was released in late August. After a cup of coffee with the Colts in the preseason, he was on the couch until the Falcons came calling in October. Less than one month later, he’s once again looking for work.
In 2012, Ridley looked like a star in the making for the Patriots. Unfortunately, he fell out of favor due to fumbling issues and a major knee injury kept him out of action. Given all that he has been through, it’s not clear if the 27-year-old will ever be able to regain his old form.
With Ridley gone, the Falcons are slated to move forward with Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and Terron Ward at running back. No additional move has been announced yet, but running back Jhurell Pressley could be promoted from the p-squad to fill the spot.
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