The comparison at the time he was drafted was Marshall Faulk, which wasn't fair to Vereen. Like M. Faulk, Vereen has exceptional skills as a receiver, and he looks like a pretty versatile runner (you'll notice he gets a lot of carries at the goal line). I don't know what he is yet, either. But I do know that as good as Ridley is, and as versatile as Woodhead is, Vereen needs more touches.
posted at 11/24/2012 4:03 PM EST
posted at 11/24/2012 9:08 PM EST
I love me some Vereen. I wished they called his number a few more time then they did last game.
posted at 11/24/2012 11:30 PM EST
I have been excited about Vereen since the moment we drafted him. I expected him to become the feature back, not Ridley. And that still might be the end result though I believe this will always be a 2-3 back offense.
Vereen has more power than many people here give him credit for. He pressed more than any back under 230 lbs the year he was drafted. He was NOT drafted as a third down back but he is a very good receiver - meaning not only can he catch but he can run patterns downfield. And you saw his speed on the 83 yard play.
When Bolden comes back we will see him get some carries. That will keep everyone fresher and healthier and add some power to the running game. But Vereen adds some things that none of the others have.
I do recall on some of the BB as GM threads that many young players get pointed to in order to illustrate how mediocre or worse BB is at drafting. Cunningham is one example. Vereen has been an example as well. So has Edelman. So has Cannon (note Cannon did a decent job of it starting for Vollmer this week). So has Solder. To name just some. So next time you chime in on a BB draft thread keep in mind that it takes some time to see how a player will pan out. McCourty is looking like a pretty decent safety to me.... And Vereen is showing why we have him.
posted at 11/25/2012 12:35 AM EST
The Pats are loaded at running back this year.
Brady has to be feeling the love. He is definitely taking less hits because they can't blitz on him every play now - they have to play the run also.