JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After fumbling in two straight games, running back Stevan Ridley's hold on the top spot on the depth chart was subject to media-based debate in the days leading up to the Patriots' 23-16 win over the Jaguars.
Turns out nothing changed at all.
Ridley played the most snaps (35) of any running back against the Jaguars, as coach Bill Belichick took a different approach with him than he did late last season after some ball-security struggles.
Ridley finished with 84 yards on 18 carries (4.7-yard average), and most important for him, no fumbles.
"For me, I just had to go out and whatever plays I got, I was going to be [fine] with because of my mistakes last week," Ridley said after the game. "I don't sit on the good or sit on the bad, you just have to keep moving and go on to the next week. I was glad coaches did the same thing for me and I got the chance to go out there and show what I could do. I'm thankful for that."
One change for the Patriots was the insertion of rookie Brandon Bolden into the running back mix. He played 12 snaps, giving Ridley a breather at times.
Running back snaps breakdown
Stevan Ridley -- 35
Danny Woodhead -- 24
Brandon Bolden -- 12
Shane Vereen -- 3