Re: Vereen's coming out party?
posted at 1/14/2013 9:50 AM EST
In response to freediro's comment:
I always thought that Vereen could fill the role of Woody. Unlike Woody, Vereen has much more upside as a traditional RB. He can also get downfield and catch passes that you hardly expect from a RB.
However, he is a change of pace back. It was obvious that it took Ridley coming into the game to get the backfield to be more productive. I would like to see Vereeniging used more, but we need Ridley setting up the run game not only for Vereen but for the passing game also. If we use Vereen the right way he should become a dangerous threat out of the hurry up.
Disagree on both accounts. First, I don't think Vereen has to be a change of pace back.
Second, it wasn't obvious that Ridley set anything up. Not to me. I think he had about seven carries before the final two drives. He was actually subbing for Vereen, because Vereen saw the majority of the snaps out of the 2TE package, sometimes split wide.
Vereen played 38 out of the 66 snaps.
Ridley had 27, 13 of which were on the final two drives, when they brought him in to milk the clock. So in the "meat" of the game, Ridley was only on the field for 13 total snaps.
Vereen was, in fact, the lead back. Ridley was the power sub.
Saying Ridley's small handful of carries "set up" what Vereen did is a slight to Vereen, who was amazing, and demonstrated elusiveness that Ridley cannot match -- especially on the broken toss play, where he eluded Connor Barwin who had him dead to rights and turned into a gain.
Frankly, I think they should run the offense this way every week next season. Use Ridley in the spots he is good in, but let Vereen see more total snaps. If that is what he brings (how many 215lb Rbs in the NFL can run a go route or a wheel route like a WR?) then he adds a dimension to the offense that Ridley cannot.