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christopher l. gasper

Patriots’ Stevan Ridley visibly needed

FOXBOROUGH — Being a running back behind a quarterback such as Tom Brady is a little like being a backup singer for a major act like Taylor Swift. You might be a talented performer in your own right, but the audience is only fixated on the performance of the pop star they’ve paid to see.

Sharing a backfield with a megawatt pro football performer such as Brady, it isn’t easy to stand out. Perhaps that’s how Stevan Ridley quietly had one of the best seasons of any running back in Patriots history in 2012.

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