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Report: Former Patriots Back Stevan Ridley Joins Jets

Stevan Ridley's 2014 campaign with the Patriots ended in October. (NFL Game Rewind)

Halfback Stevan Ridley has agreed to terms with the Jets. (NFL Game Rewind)

Stevan Ridley’s journey through free agency has come to an end without a return to New England.

The 26-year-old running back has agreed to one-year deal with the New York Jets, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday evening.

“Sending love to all my day one fans, and every teammate I’ve had the pleasure to take the field with,” the former Patriot posted on his Instagram account. “We all know it’s a business, yet it’s also a blessing. So either way you see it, you’ll never understand. Love New England, love my former teammates, and I’m truly thankful for the opportunity the Patriots organization has blessed me with.”

Ridley spent his first four NFL seasons in Foxborough, where he amassed 2,817 career rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

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Report: Former Patriots Back Stevan Ridley Visiting Jets

Stevan Ridley is one of three Patriots free agents still unsigned. (NFL Game Rewind)

Stevan Ridley is one of three Patriots free agents still unsigned. (NFL Game Rewind)

Stevan Ridley’s free-agent road trip has started in the AFC East.

After visiting the Miami Dolphins earlier this week, the former New England Patriots running back is meeting with the New York Jets on Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Jets Reportedly File Tampering Charges Against Patriots

Robert Kraft addressed Darrelle Revis' return to the Jets on Monday. (Patriots.com)

Robert Kraft addressed Darrelle Revis’ return to the Jets on Monday. (Patriots.com)

The New England Patriots struck first, and the New York Jets struck back.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Jets have filed tampering charges against the Patriots, stemming from Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s comments about cornerback Darrelle Revis at the league meetings in Arizona on Monday.

“We thought we made a very competitive offer,” Kraft told reporters when asked about Revis returning to New York. “I speak as a fan of the New England Patriots, we wanted to keep him. We wanted him in our system, and we have certain disciplines. We had hoped it worked out. It didn’t.”

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Adam Schefter: Darrelle Revis’ Decision Will Come Down to the Patriots, Jets

Darrelle Revis' future will be clearer at the start of the new league year. (NFL Game Rewind)

Darrelle Revis’ future will likely be clearer after 4 p.m. on March 10. (NFL Game Rewind)

Barring the New England Patriots pick up Darrelle Revis’ $20 million option by 4 p.m. March 9, the cornerback will be a free agent by 4 p.m. March 10.

Where the six-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro and former Defensive Player of the Year will go from there is uncertain. But ESPN’s Adam Schefter thinks Revis’ future with either be with his last team or his first team.

“I believe it will come down to the Patriots and the Jets,” Schefter told Mad Dog Sports Radio‘s Adam Schein on Thursday. “And I think the Jets are going to pay him short of whatever he wants to bring him back there. Because, not only could they use him, but it would be a huge moral, emotional victory for that franchise to bring him back there, to get him to finish his career there.”

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Downs and Quarters: Danny Amendola Finds Right Time in Patriots Offense

Danny Amendola ran his way into the offensive gameplan against the Jets on Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

In the absence of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola emerged Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

There was a time and place for Danny Amendola. It was Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

As the New England Patriots traveled to East Rutherford to face the New York Jets for Week 16, the team did so without the production of Julian Edelman, whose thigh injury and concussion kept 92 receptions, 972 yards and four touchdowns at home in Foxborough. But another wide receiver with 15 catches for 113 yards and one touchdown on the season would be traveling along with them.

No. 80.

Amendola stepped offensive huddle Sunday afternoon having started just two games on the season. He stepped in having played no more than 18 offensive snaps over the Patriots’ last four games. He stepped in having been held without a catch in six games, and having held no more than three catches for 35 yards in one game.

Those numbers would soon change.

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How Vince Wilfork’s Blocked Field Goal Changed the Trajectory of Week 16 for the Patriots

In Week 16, Vince Wilfork joined Chris Jones' company with a a deflected field goal against the Jets. (NFL Game Rewind)

Vince Wilfork joined Chris Jones’ company with a deflected field goal. (NFL Game Rewind)

With under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, quarterback Tom Brady and wideout Brandon LaFell missed on a comeback route. The interception rookie cornerback Marcus Williams made from there could have been the turning point.

The score read 17-16 as the New York Jets took the football back Sunday at MetLife Stadium against the New England Patriots. Yet after a three-and-out, kicker Nick Folk and the Jets’ field-goal unit came on in the aim of taking the lead back from 52 yards out.

Folk had gone 3-of-5 from 50-plus yards on the season to that point, with a 58-yarder versus New England on Oct. 16 standing among the two misses. And another would soon stand along with them.

But this time, Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones wouldn’t be the one to get a hand on it. It would be Vince Wilfork.

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Snap Check: Patriots Turn to Depth Chart to Address Four Key Absences vs. Jets

Brandon Bolden's 17-yard run helped the Patriots outlast the Jets on Sunday afternoon. (NFL Game Rewind)

Brandon Bolden’s 17-yard run helped the Patriots outlast the Jets on Sunday afternoon. (NFL Game Rewind)

There was no LeGarrette Blount in the backfield, no Julian Edelman out wide, no Dan Connolly on the line, and no Kyle Arrington in the secondary to face the New York Jets. The New England Patriots had to look elsewhere to replace the production of those four key contributors in Sunday’s 17-16 win at MetLife Stadium.

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Jets Pass Rush Kept Tom Brady, Patriots ‘Off Balance’

Sheldon Richardson and the Jets' defense found a way to generate pressure on the Patriots at MetLife Stadium Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

Sheldon Richardson and the Jets’ defense found a way to generate pressure on the Patriots Sunday. (NFL Game Rewind)

The New York Jets hit home early in East Rutherford.

As early as 3rd-and-3 on the New England Patriots’ opening offensive series, linebackers Demario Davis and Calvin Pace connected with quarterback Tom Brady for a 13-yard loss on an overload blitz. And nine minutes later, early would become often for New York’s 3-4 defense, as the unit got to the two-time NFL MVP two more times over three plays.

Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and outside linebacker Quinton Coples broke through to sack Brady for a loss of eight on first down. Then it was defensive back Antonio Allen and Davis who got to him again for another eight-yard loss on third down.

New England’s offensive line was looking to avert the trend without starting left guard Dan Connolly, who did not make the trip to MetLife Stadium due to a knee injury, and with Josh Kline starting in his place while swing tackle Marcus Cannon filtered in at left tackle.

Starter Nate Solder kicked over as an eligible tight end in the process, as the Patriots looked to neutralize the rush with six offensive linemen in the game. It persisted.

“It’s a battle,” head coach Bill Belichick said of facing the Jets his postgame press conference. “They got a real good front, they got a lot of good players up there, and they’re well-coached. They got a good front that’s hard to block, so I mean we battled them.” Continue reading

Week 16 in Numbers: Patriots vs. Jets

In Julian Edelman's absence, Danny Amendola led the Patriots in receiving Sunday against the Jets.

In Julian Edelman’s absence, wideout Danny Amendola led the Patriots in receiving Sunday against the Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. (NFL Game Rewind)

A 10-7 halftime score would not decide Sunday’s game MetLife Stadium, as the New England Patriots did enough in the second half to defeat the New York Jets by a score of 17-16 in Week 16.

The final meeting of the year between the Patriots and Jets was not unlike the last one. It was close. And it was ugly. But it was enough to send New England to 12-3 and New York to 3-12 heading into the final week of the 2014 regular season.

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Seven at the Line: Observations from Patriots’ 17-16 Win vs. Jets

The Patriots edged by the Jets Sunday in East Rutherford. (NFL Game Rewind)

The Patriots edged by the Jets Sunday in East Rutherford. (NFL Game Rewind)

There wasn’t much of a difference.

All that separated the 11-3 New England Patriots from the 3-11 New York Jets was one point. And on Sunday at MetLife Stadium, that was what it took for the Patriots to secure a first-round bye despite a thinned active roster and a stagnant first-half performance on both sides of the ball.

“Another tough game down here,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said in his press conference. “It was good to win. I felt like our team needed to make a lot of plays in the fourth quarter to win, and they did.”

But New England’s 17-16 win almost never was.

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