RB Stevan Ridley
Ridley was one of the biggest offseason names that Detroit brought in. Once a 1000-yard rusher in prolific New England Patriots offense, he finds himself a couple of years removed from an ACL injury fighting for a roster spot.
The Lions already have two diminutive and shifty scat backs at the top of the depth chart. With the departure of Joique Bell, they are now looking for a powerful runner to diversify their backfield. The nifty moves of Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick might be wearing off on Ridley. After being the 5th running back to enter last week’s exhibition game, Ridley seemed hesitant and soft. At 220-pounds, the man has some nimble feet, but that is not what the Lions need.
The speed and power second year RB Zach Zenner displayed was inspiring. It will be tough to displace Zenner of the power back role which means the fourth and final tailback spot will go to whoever is best on special teams. Rookie seventh-round pick Dwayne Washington flashed his ST value as a returner with an impressive 96-yard touchdown. The forgotten man is George Winn who may be the best special teamer of all. Even he received carries at running back before Ridley.
There just does not seem to be a vacancy for a dancing Mikel Leshoure type running back on the Lions roster.
— KiD-RiD (@StevanRidley) August 4, 2016