Re: Vereen's coming out party?
posted at 1/14/2013 10:02 AM EST
In response to pcmIV's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
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.
That was insane. Completely insane. Made Barwin look like a practice squad player.
Haha. And Barwin is no practice squad player. Vereen absolutely *froze* him. He also outmatched Manning and Kareem Jackson as a WR when they "spread" the field splitting him out.
Hopefully it wasn't just one inspired performance, but is a harbinger of things to come from this kid.