Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Ridley, Wendell earn 'All-Joe' recognition
By Mike Reiss
USA Today has named an "All-Joe Team" since 1992, and the criteria is straight-forward -- an unsung player who has never been named to a Pro Bowl. At least one player from each team is picked.
This year's team was unveiled Wednesday and running back Stevan Ridley and center Ryan Wendell were recognized from the Patriots.
On Ridley, USA Today's Nate Davis writes, "After a quiet rookie year, he exploded for the most rushing yards by a New England runner (1,263) since Corey Dillon finished with 1,635 in 2004. If Ridley ever becomes a factor as a receiver, look out."
On Wendell, Davis notes, "Basically an unknown outside of New England, he became Tom Brady's third starting center since 2010. Wendell, whose league-high 1,249 snaps alone make him Joe-worthy, was one reason Ridley and the run game really took off while being a constant on the league's most prolific offense."