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Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots yet to talk deal

Stevan Ridley has an opportunity to regain his early-down role in the New England Patriots backfield with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh.

The question is whether he works his way back into coach Bill Belichick's good graces for a long-term contract during the final year of his rookie deal.

NFL Media's Albert Breer reports Ridley and the Patriots have had no talks on a new contract to this point.

It's hardly a surprise, as Ridley fell out of favor once again due to ongoing ball-security issues late last season.

Per Breer, a motivated Ridley is a little lighter and faster this offseason and is focusing on fixing his fumbling woes. With Blount out of the picture, Ridley is a good bet to lead New England's backfield in carries for a third consecutive season.

That's exactly where Belichick wants Ridley: highly motivated as the lead back entering a make-or-break season.

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