But Thursday after practice, Ridley finally relented and spoke for nearly eight minutes to a large crowd of reporters. As usual, the third-year back didn’t hold back in the face of some very pointed questions.
“If I said it didn't bother me I'd be lying,” he admitted, speaking about how the past month has been for him. “But that's part of it. I don't know one single player that you'd go and talk to right now that has played this sport that hasn't gone through some adversity.
“The good ones find a way to shake back. The good ones find a way to make things happen and not make the same mistakes,” added Ridley. “That's what I have to do if I want to be a good running back, regardless of what I've done in the past and regardless of the mistakes I've made, it's all about this point forward and what I do.”
Ridley and the Patriots were back on the practice field today after taking Christmas Day off. The team was in the office on Tuesday, but only held a walkthrough practice in their indoor training facility. Today, it was back outside on the cold, hard grass.
Ridley’s backfield mate,