The Pittsburgh Steelers needed some depth at the running back position after James Conner underwent knee surgery on Wednesday. While the team was left thin at the position, they were fortunate enough to find a veteran running back who’s shown plenty of promise in his career on the waiver wire in Stevan Ridley.
While the Steelers opted to sign Ridley, the former New England Patriots running back was brutally honest about things after getting signed. As Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the 28-year-old running back admitted that he thought his career may be over.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t,” he said Wednesday. “When you sit at home for 15, 16 weeks, it’s kind of tough. My agent stayed on me, stay prayed up, man, stay running.”
“Just tried to keep a positive mindset,” he said. “The call always comes, and it’s very unexpected when it does come. I didn’t see it coming in Week 15 or 16, you know what I mean? But I’ll take it.”
Obviously, the Steelers likely won’t utilize Ridley much, but he’ll still be needed depth behind star Le’Veon Bell, and could see some work assuming he proves ready to roll. Back in 2012, Ridley rumbled for 1,263 yards and 12 touchdowns with the Patriots, so it’s obvious the talent and upside is there.
Now, it’s time for Ridley to prove to the Steelers and their fans that he’s capable and ready to make an impact for his new team.