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Stevan Ridley Conference Call Transcript

Posted Oct 16, 2013

Patriots running back Stevan Ridley addresses the New York media during his conference call on Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

On how unusual it is to play a division rival a couple weeks after the last meeting...
We’re coming into it, we’re playing a great football team. It seems like we just saw them about a week ago. We had a few games and we put a few games in between us. I think it’s going to be a great matchup. We’re facing a strong defense, they’re going to be very active, they got some good guys up front and some great backs. We’re going to have to come in there and play some solid football if we plan on coming out with a victory in this game.

On what he has seen from the Jets front seven...
Like I said earlier, it’s they’re a great football team. The front seven is very active. They got some great lineman that get a lot of penetration. They play the run well as well as getting pressure on the quarterback. Their secondary has got some good experience, their linebackers are fast flowing and very smart players. It’s a great defense that we’re going to have to compete against on Sunday.

On injuries to key players...
I think we just take it one week at a time around here. We’ve had some guys go down on injury but that makes opportunities for the next guy to step up. Around here, we just go with the guys that are out on the field. It’s going to take 11 of us, we’re going to play together as a team. If we play complimentary football we can go in there and compete with these guys. I hate to see some of our key guys go down, but that’s the nature of the game. We’re going to have to work hard, stick it out and keep grinding every day.

On the rivalry with the Jets...
Going against the Jets, you have to play them twice a year, being in the same (division) as us. For us, I think this is more of a big game for the fans. The fans put a lot of emphasis on it, how much of a rivalry it is. We just take it week-to-week. Regardless of who we play, we know we’re going to have an opponent that’s shooting together on Sunday. For us, going to New York, it’s going to be a tough atmosphere. We know the crowd’s going to be into it (and) it’s going to be loud. We’re going to have go out there, execute and try to do the things we do well, and that’s just playing solid football on the road. We just have to lean on each other and know that we’re going to (play) a very strong team and a very strong crowd. They’re going to be home. I’m sure everybody will be fired up. They’ve been playing some great football lately (and) played us very close the last time we played them, so I think we match up well with them. I think the fans are in store for a great football game Sunday.