Ryder has struggled in the ruck contests,especially centre bounces which are his strength - he's been Ok around the ground.
He has been useless around the ground
Ryder still averaging the same amount of possessions around the ground - It's the quality of his ruck work that has been disappointing.
Stats can say whatever you want them to say.
Having actually watched his first two games of the season the word "disappointing" is a massive understatement.
Has not only been poor in the ruck but in the forwardline and across the ground as well. Has made stupid decisions and turned the ball over at will.
Was gifted a goal or two by the umpires last week and beside that looked like getting no where near it.
So much for "he plays best as the soul ruck" people harp on about. There is a reason Port are trying to rush Lobbe back and it isn't because Ryder needs a chop out.
I know it is only two games and he is still probably adjusting to life in Adelaide and a new game plan/teammates but to be honest I never really thought Paddy was a good fit for Port and so far I think I have been proven right. Port needed another dominant forward to support Schultz, not a ruckman who plays part time forward. Even as good as he may be.
I think leaving Essendon is something Paddy will look back on at the end of his career and regret deeply to be perfectly honest.
I don't see Port getting to a GF with players like White, Broadbent, Carlile, Pittard, Cornes, Mitchell and Jonas getting games for them. I think they were one season wonders personally. I know most would probably disagree but here's hoping.
That's a pretty big call for two games in, both on Port and Paddy.