Re: Vereen in or out?
posted at 11/18/2013 3:17 PM EST
In response to Getzo's comment:
SI's Greg Bedard believes the extent of any restrictions on Shane Vereen's (wrist) Monday night playing time will "depend on the score."
Bedard "lol'd" at Adam Schefter's report that Vereen will be "eased in" against the Panthers because that's been expected to happen so many times before with Patriots players and didn't, a la Rob Gronkowski a month ago. Vereen is still a rather boom-or-bust flex option, but it's entirely possible he'll wind up playing a lot of snaps if New England needs him to Monday night.[/QUOTE]
Two thoughts on that.
NE was relly kind of desperate when Gronk was ready to go. Amendola was still injured. Ridley was injured. Vereen was injured. And Gronk, to be frank, didnt really look ready to go. The first game, game and half, he was really feeling for it.
Vereen is only adding to a healthier and more experienced offense.
At the same time, Vereen had a hand injury. He's been able to practice, and work out. It's not the same as Gronk who was atrophied from an offseason of inactivity and had missed most of camp.
Vereen could conceivably factor in more significantly.
All told, I think Vereen's playing time will be game plan specific and situationally specific.
If NE wants to go after the Panthers' secondary with a more open attack, he will see a larger share of the reps.
Alternatively, if, for some reason, NE falls behind .. he will obviously see more work as he is the best running back in the stable for a passing/comeback offense that will try to score and extend a game.
To be frank, I'd like a nice easy game where one of the back ups is taking reps in the 4th as NE sits on a lead.