posted at 11/24/2012 12:09 PM EST
In response to PatsLifer's comment:
In response to Muzwell's comment:
In response to Tydog's comment:
Vereen is the same height/weight as Ray Rice so he may be able to take a lot of contact and stay injury free/fresh also.
He might be similar size, but Rice benches about 420 and squats 550. He's a freak. Not sure if Vereen is that strong. Doug Martin is similar to Rice in that regard. So is MJD. Those guys are built for contact.
Not sure what is max bench or squat is, but when he was at the combine, he tested strongest of all rb's in number of reps at 225. Vereen is plenty strong and as Z said above, the kid can catch like a WR. Josh would be well served,to use him more. Personally I would like to see more 2 RB sets with he and Ridley, or wood head.
Ditto. I don't understand why people think of this guy as a 3rd down back. I mean this website forum proclaimed BJGE a powerback (?!?!) when he never was anything more than an average sized back with no moves and a north south running style. The difference between those two players is smaller than the difference between Vereen and Faulk.
Faulk: Height: 5-8 Weight: 202 lbs.
Vereen: Height: 5-10 Weight: 210 lbs.
BJGE: Height: 5-11 Weight: 215 lbs
Ridley: Height: 5-11 Weight: 225 lbs.
Moreover, there are a number of workhorse backs like Bradshaw, McCoy, Johnson, Charles, and Ray Rice who are the same size or smaller than Vereen. Maybe Vereen does finish his career as a sub back. Ridley has been wicked reliable and has great size/speed metrics as a mainstay and really has had a couple dominant performances this season, performance we haven't seen since Dillon left. But Vereen is faster overall, catches like a WR, and IMO could easily carry the ball 200-300 times without being ragdolled if it came to it, or if his versatility won him the lion's share of the carries in the next couple seasons.
It's a luxury, right now after such a long drougt (Maroney -> BJGE) to have actually talented young runners on the field instead of busts, jags, and has beens.
And the moral of the story is that NE *HAS* a 3rd down back. He is really good. His name is Woodhead. He catches the ball, chip blocks, and runs draw plays when NE shifts to a hurry up three or four wide.
Vereen, right now, is something else. Time will tell what he will be.