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Looks good. The only thing that worries me is how well the injury will effect his blocking in pass protection, if they even use him for that Sunday.
Or catching the ball. My guess is he won't be used much unless something happens to Vereen.
Exactly. This Sunday Woody is emergency backup for Ben.
Heal quickly, my Hobbit!
Lil Woody cuts. Thumb not required.
I am happy to see him back, but not sure how effective he will be catching the ball.... It really pains me to see Gronk out for Sunday and the SB if we win
I love watching him plow into the legs of LBs 2x his weight.
He's a much better blocker than Vereen, but I doubt they will use him much. His blocking would definitely drop off with a broken thumb. I'm looking forward to seeing more two back sets with Vereen and Ridley on the field at the same time.
Although its not nice.
If we win the Superbowl. I'll get over it. Verrrry quickly.
I would think that the blocking would be ok he can still get to the right spot and get low and deliver a nice pop. Catching is what I think would be tougher not impossible but tougher and I think he could take hand offs and obviously just carry it with the good hand. He possibly could use something different for the game too..maybe he shoots up and just uses both hands and thumb as a softer cast, tape, or other support.
I would think the plan is to go with Vareen more but who knows what scenario could come up and they might need Woody.
Gronkowski at practice with exoskeleton
Ah, what I wouldn't give to see my thread title instead...
Albert breed said wood heads thumb isn't broke.
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Ah...so he has weak thumbs no wonder the Jets cut him!!
I knew it!
Another ingenius ploy by the Pats to make the Ravens forget about Woody, and so they won't practice schemes for him and Woody will be set free out of the backfield for two receiving touchdowns!
Not underestimating Woody nor down playing his injury but with his BIG heart makes him even more dangerous. DW will know how far he can go and JMac will incorperate him as he sees fit. If Woody holds on that ball with no problem Ravens LBs will be in for long day with his quickness & speed into their secondary especially in 3rd & 4th Quarters when Raven's D gets fatigued.
I can't imagine how much it would hurt to catch a bullet from Brady with an already traumatized thumb. Pro footballers are a special breed
Just wrap "My Precious" around that thumb and all will be right with our Hobbit
How about Brandon Bolden? He was beasting before his suspension. If Woodhead is not 100%, would it be effective to use Bolden as a 3rd back?
Was he active for the Texans game? (though I don't think he got any snaps) His recent absence might make it harder for Ravens DC to gameplan for him. Thoughts?
I'm with you. Bolden can definitely be used in this game if Woodhead isn't 100 %! We just never knows what the PATS gameplan is going to be. They're very unpredictable in their approach to each game. NE's unpredictability is what makes them so scary!
Woody's loss will be minimal provided SV can play steady+ a la the Texans game. If he gets the yips like he did against the 9ers and we are in need of some rock solid play then not having Woody will hurt. Either way, if he can't go, SV is going to have to step up his blitz pickup. That is a HUGE responsibility that can have serious effects on the offense without it.
Woody is the ultimate comeback RB we have.
Need some lightning scores a la SB or 49ers game? Bring him in.
I'm sure that Bolden would be effective if called upon, but he doesn't really do the same things that Woodhead does. I may be wrong, but I've always seen the situation as being more or less that Bolden backs up Ridley and Vereen backs up Woodhead (and can back up Ridley a bit in a pinch, because he's pretty versatile).
After the years of great contributions by Kevin Faulk, we're blessed to have Woodhead & Vereen continue the excellence as 3rd down backs and now we see, even more. I love seeing "Ben" split out wide. I bet opposing DCs don't.
Vereen is very athletic and has great hands, but not yet up to speed on the passing game with 8 receptions on the year. After Welker and Hernandez, who the Ravens will try to take away, you're looking at Lloyd. I prefer Woody with his splint.
I think they've been working with the 2nd year player developing his skills. Apparently he's shown well enough during practice for fussy TFB to risk throwing to him. You know how stingy Tommy can be if he doesn't have faith in the recipient. No splint please. Ball security.
Agreed. Add to that the fact that the Pats will probably try to put as much speed in the backfield as possible to take advantage of the Ravens' aging and tired defense, and I don't expect Bolden to see the field at all.
The only downfield pattern thrown to Vereen is that hitch and go which they have tried several times and which they hit once (Sun). His receptions have been little wheel routes, which I expect to see against the Ravens. But nothing over the middle where neither Vereen nor Lloyd dare venture. Woody lives there. You'll see. Even with the splint. Love the idea of Lewis chasing Woody across the middle.
People are surprised when I mention Woodhead had by far the best catch percentage on the team at 80%.
I think this is a great point. Vereen by all accounts, has been slowly learning since the summer of 2011 in training camp. He wasn't necessarily ready last season, but he certainly looks capable enough of handling some added responsibilities now. Most importantly, he did an excellent job of picking up the blitz on at least a couple/few occasions that I saw, which was actually one of his strengths coming out of Cal.
I'm sure the team will be able to gauge how limited Woodhead may/may not be in practice this week, and there's a decent chance that we'll see them both, but I'd be much more concerned with ball security myself.
I still see Vereen as backup for the more experienced Woodhead in a playoff game but if that thumb isn't solid by Sunday i look forward to seeing Vereen instead. Even with Woody playing, I still expect some plays with Vereen split wide. He's GOT to be a bigger threat then Branch.
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