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Vereen or Woodhead?

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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:20 PM

Vereen or Woodhead? 


It's increasingly more likely that the Patriots will part with some players who filled in as role players only in 2012.  One of the key areas of scrutiny is at running back, where -- despite Stevan Ridley's outstanding 1000-yard season -- the team came up short when it mattered.


The question now is: Will the team pick Shane Vereen over Danny Woodhead, and what's the future for DW? 

Will he be on the roster in 2013?

    Will Shane Vereen replace Danny Woodhead in 2013?

  1. Poll closed on 02/04/2013
  2. Yes: 6 votes
  3. No: 4 votes
  4. Undecided: 2 votes
  5. Other: 3 votes

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Last edited 1/25/2013 8:22 PM by Patsadmin

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Posted: 1/25/2013 9:49 PM

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Note, I checked other.

I believe that the Patriots can have both Woodhead and Vereen in the backfield in 2013, although there will be some redundancy. 

The issue is roster depth.  The Patriots have an issue with roster depth on the lines, so if they can't find multi-talented players on both lines who can fill in anywhere, then they'll need to snatch a roster spot from one of the other positions... and RB is a spot, with Woodhead in it, that has some leeway to let go of a position. 

Although Vereen filled in admirably for Woodhead in the Texans' game, I'm convinced that he's not the whole answer, at least not yet, as the third down back. 

Brandon Bolden was a wasted roster spot in 2012, but the team needed another guy in case Ridley got hurt... which he did.


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Posted: 1/25/2013 10:39 PM

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I agree on Bolden. He showed promise early on but then (a) Ridley kicked it into gear and (b) he had his suspension (and never really got back on the field after that).

I expect the RBs to be Woody, Ridley, Vereen, and Demps (who's more of a PR/KR guy, but they'll use his speed any way they can). Vereen just isn't a known quantity just yet, whereas Woody is super dependable.
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Posted: 1/25/2013 11:07 PM

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dokgonzo wrote: I agree on Bolden. He showed promise early on but then (a) Ridley kicked it into gear and (b) he had his suspension (and never really got back on the field after that).

I expect the RBs to be Woody, Ridley, Vereen, and Demps (who's more of a PR/KR guy, but they'll use his speed any way they can). Vereen just isn't a known quantity just yet, whereas Woody is super dependable.
Good call on Demps Dok

Not that I forgot about him, but he was a reserve roster spot at best.  The issue with him was it took too long to commit to Football over track.   I think if he gets an offseason in New England he's good.  If he's one of those those work out at home guys, then he's a JAG (Just Another Guy) who will be competing for a roster spot in August at a disadvantage. 

Seen this too many times not to believe Demps needs to commit now if he want's to be an NFL player.  Else he's little more than a very fast athlete who also plays football... Not what New England needs right now.


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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:04 PM

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Wasn't Demps on injured reserved last year? Vereen is bigger and more explosive than Ridley or Woodhead. I have to think he will have every opportunity to earn more playing time than last year.

 

The Patriots will try to find a way to utilize Demps speed. This may cut into Woodheads time who has shown to be really dependable. The Patriots have to make a decision on Bolden, he was out for 4 games due to a drug suspension. That may play a part on what the Patriots plans are for him.

Chance favors the Prepared Mind.

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Posted: 1/28/2013 2:56 PM

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Yeah, Demps went on IR right away ... I forget what the reason was. Sure wish they'd have put him on the IR-Return list instead of Shiancoe. 

I think Ridley is the biggest of the RB's ... then Vereen, Woody, then Demps.

In terms of speed it's Demps ... ... ... Vereen, Woody, Ridley.

Demps and Vereen are different in the open field. Vereen has better moves, Demps just moves so freakin' fast and can change speed so well that guys miss him.

To be fair, Bolden is the biggest but I don't think he'll be back. He hardly played after his suspension and that doesn't bode well.

If you count FB's, the dude on the PS (Develin) is a monster at 6'3 250# ... but who knows what they'll do with him. My gut tells me they may keep him because (a) he came from Brown and (b) he actually played DL when he started at Brown and led the team in sacks and tackles-for-loss. So he has the positional flexibility that BB loves. 

Anyway.

My guess is that Woody will fall more into the Faulk role - Mr. Third Down - he just does everything well and can take that direct-snap play. The mix of Ridley/Vereen will depend on who they're playing. And Demps will start out as primary PR/KR and then blend in more to the offense over the season. Problem with him is he's too small for pass-pro - Woody is small too, but like Faulk, he knows how to block. So when Demps is in teams will know he's probably getting the ball.
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Posted: 1/28/2013 3:20 PM

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At this point I still like Woodhead, ...
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Posted: 1/28/2013 5:19 PM

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I love Vereens ability to catch the deep ball so smoothly.. That's hard to learn..He has it. It will help stretch the field some. We've only gotten a sample size so I'll hedge towards Woodcock, but he seems to have a very nice upside.
Great pick it looks like if he stays heathy.. And he's Wicked smaart!

Last edited 1/29/2013 9:24 AM by PatManpower

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