Ridley offers big-play option at RB

In a story now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Jeremy Lundblad of ESPN's Stats & Information department asks the question, "Have the New England Patriots finally found their big-play threat at running back?"

Lundblad was referring to Stevan Ridley, who established a career high in the season opener with 125 yards on 21 carries (6.0 avg.) and 1 touchdown.

"That's the second-most rushing yards ever by a Patriots running back in Week 1 behind Tony Collins' 137 yards in 1982. No New England back had even cracked triple digits since Curtis Martin in 1995," Lundblad writes.

"Those numbers are impressive. Even more notable is how Ridley got those yards.

"Ridley had five carries that went for 15 yards or more. No Patriots running back in at least the past 25 years has done that in a single game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Not John Stephens, not Curtis Martin, not Corey Dillon.

"The big running play had been noticeably absent from New England's attack for several seasons."

To read Lundblad's piece, CLICK HERE.