Stevan Ridley to make Jets debut against Raiders
Former New England Patriot running back Stevan Ridley has been activated off of the PUP list and will make his Jets debut against the Raiders this week. Ridley’s debut is coming at the perfect time for the Jets, as backup running back Bilal Powell will miss the game due to an ankle injury.
Rust may be a factor for Ridley, who has not played since last October when he was a member of the Pats, but head coach Todd Bowles is not concerned, saying he “is physically ready to play.”
“He’s full speed,” Bowles said of Ridley, who returned to practice last week. “This is the second week of practice. He’s made a lot of progress, so if we decide to do something with him, I’ll be real comfortable.”
Ridley racked up 2,817 rushing yards with 22 TD’s in his four-year career with the Patriots, but his most productive season came in 2012 when he rushed for 1,263 yards with 12 TD’s. He is now three years removed and one torn ACL later from his most productive days, so it remains to be seen if he can ever fully return to that form.
To make room for Ridley on the roster the Jets waived/injured WR Chris Owusu who is dealing with a concussion. With Owusu gone, the wide-receiver group is in flux as well. Devin Smith, a second-round pick out of Ohio State, is out for the game with an ankle injury, and Eric Decker is questionable with a knee injury that has been bothering him since he hurt it in Week 2.
To beat the up-and-coming Raiders, a lot of the pressure is on the Jets defense and they are up to the challenge, holding opponents to under 18 points per game. You can check all Week 8 picks here.