The New York Jets beat off competition from the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins to sign running back Stevan Ridley today, but the latest signing for Gang Green has led to question marks over the future of one of the current stars of the roster.
Tedd Bowles' decision to sign Ridley - a powerful between-the-tackles runner with a very limited presence in the passing game - means doubts have been raised over Chris Ivory's future.
The two back share a very similar style and, as alluded to by ESPN today, there are some who believe the arrival of the former Patriots man could be as a direct replacement, rather than teammate of, Ivory.
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With new offensive coordinator Chan Gailley preffering a spread offense, neither Ridley nor Chris Ivory particularly appear to be the back capable of fulfilling such needs.
The fact that the new regime has gone out and signed Ridley though suggests that they are more convinced by his ability to transition than Ivory. With the latter having endured a mixed season for the Jets - a career low in yards per attempt - in 2014 there is certainly room for improvement in the RB area.
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If Bowles and co were convinced by Ivory as their go to guy, why bother brining in an identikit back?
One spot open?
After arriving on the back of ACL surgery Stevan Ridley still has a lot to prove to win himself a roster spot ahead of the 2015 season but, if he can convince those that matter than he is capable of carrying the rock on a regular basis as the power option, it would lead to an uncertain future for Ivory.
Some even suggest that ivory could find himself off the 53-man roster by the time the deadlines comes along in a few months.
Stevan Ridley arrives in New York looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 campaign curtailed by a November injury.
If he can stay healthy the LSU product has shown glimpses of being a genuine number one down-hill running back. Question marks though still remain about his ball-security (he has over nine fumbles in his four-year spell in the NFL).
After such high profile editions elsewhere - Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis are in on big deals - Stevan Ridley may not grab as much of the limelight. He could though force out one of them men who was a key part of the much-criticized New York Jets offense of last season.
What do you think Jets fans? Are you happy to see Stevan Ridley arrive, and who should be given the starting job? Let us know in the comments section below...
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