NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has reported that the Denver Broncos have signed veteran running back Stevan Ridley after working him out today.
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According to 9NEWs Denver’s Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos worked out veteran running back Stevan Ridley today after the Broncos concluded day one of their Training Camp practices.
At end of practice, RB Stevan Ridley walked to fieldhouse for workout. He would be a good signing for John Elway, who's on a roll. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) July 27, 2017
It was announced late last night that second-year running back Devontae Booker would be missing 6 to 8 weeks with a wrist injury, so the Broncos need some depth at the running back position.
The Veteran Ridley is entering his 7th season in the NFL but is still only 28 years old. After rushing for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Patriots in 2012, Ridley’s career has gone down hill. He has struggled with fumbles and has bounced around the league some.
Last season, Ridley played in one game for the Atlanta Falcons and rushed three times for 7 yards. The year prior he only carried the ball 36 times in 8 games for the New York Jets, so clearly Ridley is far from his 2012 form.
If signed by the Broncos, he would likely just be a camp body to get the team by until Booker is healthy sometime early in the season. Even if Booker ends up missing more time than expected, I do not foresee Ridley being much of a factor.