In response to bredbru's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
Except for the fact that you wouldn't be able to run ... unless you lifted Lloyd and kept a blocking TE in there, essentially using Vereen as a WR to replace Llloyd.
It sounds more interesting than it is if you think about it for a while.
Ridley isn't a plus blocker -- he is wasted.
Vereen isn't either.
You are taking Lloyd off for Vereen, essentially, when Lloyd is a better WR, and Vereen works (partially) split wide because Lloyd and Welk attract corners.
If Ridley were an excellent blocker it might make sense as a Slot WR version of the proset. But he really isn't.
I wouldn't rule it out as a gimmick .... but in reality .... it will draw a match easily on personell.
"Except for the fact that you wouldn't be able to run ... unless you lifted Lloyd and kept a blocking TE in there, essentially using Vereen as a WR to replace Llloyd. "
yes thats what id liek to see sometimes
"so if you are running Vereen,"
in this sceanrio im not running vereen. he is in a passing rout.
teh gimmick is i see veren gettging more spearation than lloyd, esp on go routs. catch me?
So a two RB pro-set. Big TE (your choice) with Welker and Hern split wide. Ridley and Vereen split in the backfield ... option to split either of them wide.
I think Vereen can go on a go route as well as anyone on the team (not saying much though) but I think Lloyd is still better. They just roll a safety to the side Lloyd is on.
But Vereen could also run wheel routes out of the backfield, which Lloyd can't do. Take a pitch.
The only way I think it works is if you run it pro-set style, refusing (essentially) to declare which side the toss is going to.
I don't think it's an optimal grouping, but like I said, I think they could do some stuff with it.
Right now, I think 2TE with Vereen out there is NE's optimal "talent" group. Until they want to slow the game down, when Ridley can come on.