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Yesterday was not a fun day for Steven Ridley what so ever,he had two fumbles with the second one being returned for 74 yards and a Bills touchdown. After the second fumble, Belichick had him benched for the rest of the afternoon. That in itself says a ton about what was going through his mind. Now according to CSNNE.com, Logan Mankins also had a comment, and he backed up Bill all the way

"This is Stevan's third year and it's not his first fumble," the veteran offensive lineman said on 'Patriots Postgame Live' with Michael Felger, Troy Brown and Mike Flynn on Comcast SportsNet. "So I think he understands the magnitude of when you fumble the ball that you're going to get pulled.

"It's not the first time it's happened and he understands that he's carrying the whole team. That ball belongs to everyone on the team, and he has to protect it. You put it on the ground and something's going to happen. You're going to put someone in there that's not going to put it on the ground."

Ridley received the message loud and clear, having this as his response

"It was pretty obvious, man, you can't have two turnovers in one game and expect to stay in," he said. "The coaches had to do the best move for the team and make sure we won this game, and they picked the players that they went with and we rolled through and we're lucky to pull out the win like we did."

"I'm not going to sit on the past. I just have to accept where I messed up, made a mistake and grow from it. That's really all you can do, having to point the finger, come back to work tomorrow. I hate it, it's unfortunate, but, you know, it's part of the game of football and I'm going to have to keep working, keep driving and pushing forward. We've got 15 more weeks in front of us and I'm going right back to work."

At-least it is good to know that Ridley knows what he did wrong, and that he understands his decision to be pulled by Belichick. He is responsible for that ball when he has it, and if he cannot fulfill that responsibility to hold onto it, then there is no reason for him to continue playing in that game, even if he is a veteran.

Joshua Powers 9/09/2013 01:33:00 PM Edit
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