The Indianapolis Colts have not exactly had much success running the football during the 2016 preseason.
Across three games, the Colts have an anemic 162 yards on the ground and are averaging only 2.5 yards per carry. Their projected first-team backs, Frank Gore and Josh Ferguson, have combined for 24 yards on 23 carries. That’s awful.
In response to those struggles, the Colts announced on Sunday that they’ve signed former Patriots, Jets, and (for this offseason only) Lions running back Stevan Ridley. He had reportedly visited the team on Friday, before the Indianapolis running game once again struggled on Saturday evening.
Ridley spent the first three seasons of his career in New England, playing in parts of 52 games and making 25 starts for the Patriots. He was their primary back for the 2012 season when he ran for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns on 290 carries. He fell out of favor due to injury and bouts of ineffectiveness over the next two seasons (Bill Belichick hated his propensity for fumbles) and eventually signed with the Jets before the 2015 season.
Ridley was expected to work in the rotation with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell in 2015, but clearly was behind them both and finished the year with only 39 carries for 90 yards. He moved on to Detroit earlier this offseason, but was cut on August 25. Now he’ll see if he can become a factor in the Indy backfield. They certainly need the help.
Source: CBS Sports / Colts announce signing of Stevan Ridley to bolster running back depth