New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady pumped up running back Stevan Ridley on Tuesday putting his support behind the third-year veteran who was benched after his second-quarter fumble in the season opener.

“I know Stevan is a very mentally tough kid. I love having him back there. I love giving the ball to him and watching him run” he said.

Brady also pointed out that Ridley wasn’t the only player to make a mistake Sunday.

“We fumbled a snap on the goal-line I threw an interception; you have to be able to bounce back from those things” he said. “Football is not necessarily a game of perfect. It’s just that you try to limit what your bad plays are so they’re not really bad plays or really critical plays in the game.”