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New England Patriots Links 9/10/12 - Ridley Runs Circles Around CJ2K in Pats 34-13 Win Over Titans

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<em>'SR125' doesn't have the same ring to it, but Stevan Ridley was the only star RB in Tennessee Sunday</em>.
'SR125' doesn't have the same ring to it, but Stevan Ridley was the only star RB in Tennessee Sunday.

Mary Paoletti says Stevan Ridley never dreamed he'd get 21 carries in New England's 2012 debut.

"When you have days like today when you're running the ball well, you can definitely feel it. But there were some runs that were there and some that weren't. The coaches just did an exceptional job of finding the ones that were doing well and they just kept calling them until they stopped them. The offensive line was just blocking and getting on people. There was bodies on bodies and I just had to hit my creases and run.

"I didn't do anything out of the ordinary. I was just the player that I was and out there playing ball."

"It's been a dream come true, to be out there playing on a Sunday," Ridley said. "I'm blessed to just get out there and play. 21 carries, that's a higher number than what I was expecting, but I'm okay, I came out of the game injury free, and that's all I can ask for. I'm just grateful that my team did a good job for me."

"I think it's a little bit better than I envisioned," he grinned. "We have to get better every week and improve, we can't be satisfied. I'm not satisfied. I'm going to enjoy this win today and the game that I had today but we have to get back to work on Monday. That's how we live and breathe around there and that's how we're going to get it. We have a stepping stone to work with."

Field Yates highlights Tom Brady's appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show this morning.

The quarterback joked that a "scratched nose" wouldn't be enough to keep him out of the game considering the fact that offensive guard Logan Mankins played the 2011 season with a torn ACL.

"You talk about mind over matter, and love and mental toughness that goes into playing game, and certainly he's the guy that sets the tone for the whole offense, and that entrie offensive line group, they never complain," Brady said of Mankins. "And they just keep going out to battle, and you've got a guy like Logan who's got an injury that every single other person that I've ever known misses the year, and he has a Pro Bowl season. His toughness, his attitude, what he brings to our team in terms of his work ethic and his attitude is really unmatched. Its really a great example for all the guys on our team, both the young guys and the veterans, your commitment to the team, and really it takes precedent over what you may feel on a daily basis. He's as tough as they come."