Stevan Ridley has an opportunity to regain his early-down role in the New England Patriots backfield with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh.

The question is whether he works his way back into coach Bill Belichick's good graces for a long-term contract during the final year of his rookie deal.

NFL Media's Albert Breer reports Ridley and the Patriots have had no talks on a new contract to this point.

It's hardly a surprise, as Ridley fell out of favor once again due to ongoing ball-security issues late last season.