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RB Shane Vereen - New England Patriots

5-8, 203Born: 3-2-1989College: CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Vereen's long touchdown was a busted coverage and the Patriots are notorious for changing up backfield usage from week-to-week, but so far so good for Vereen in the post-Ridley era in Foxboro.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at KC 8 26 0 5 5 41 0 0
5 vs CIN 9 90 0 3 3 18 0 0
6 at BUF 5 4 0 3 1 3 0 0
7 vs NYJ 11 43 0 8 5 71 2 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 18 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CIN (9 / 90 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Though he only got 9 carries, Shane Vereen arguably ran better against the Bengals than in any other game in his short career. The offensive line blocked the best it has all season in both the run and passing games, and Vereen took full advantage, displaying elusiveness, great vision, and burst. His best play of the night was converting a 3rd and 16 draw play for 19 yards, as he ran from both the shotgun and under center. Vereen wasn't given much goal line work, as most of the running game touches were dominated by his counterpart, the bruising Stevan Ridley. This was a night where almost everyone on the Patriots was successful, Vereen included.

2014 Week 6 vs BUF (5 / 4 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)

Despite Stevan Ridley getting injured against the Bills, Vereen once again found very few touches, as the offensive production was dominated by Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Brandon LaFell. With the Pats run game not working well, Vereen wasn't needed as much during the game, hence the lowly box score.

2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (11 / 43 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 71 / 2 rec)

After Stevan Ridley's season ending injury, Shane Vereen was supposed to be the feature back for the Patriots. Against the Jets, he certainly was. Vereen saw a season high 11 carries, and ran well against a stout Jets run defense, with his best runs being bounced outside with vision and patience. More importantly, Vereen was the Patriots' leading receiver on the night, with his highlight play beind a 49 yard touchdown grab. Vereen got behind the Jets defense while Tom Brady rolled to his right, and made a diving catch on a deep throw that was one of his best catches of the season, if not his career. Vereen's second touchdown was a much simpler 3 yard grab, where his cut on his route simply got the better of the defense. Nothing fancy, but solid execution. Promisingly, Vereen was also the 2 minute and goal line back. Vereen will likely continue to be a focal point of the offense going forward, and if he plays like he did against the Jets, it will definitely help the Patriots ease the loss of Ridley.


Latest News

Patriots | Big game for Shane Vereen (Fri Oct 17, 12:05 AM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had 11 carries for 43 yards and five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns in the team's Week 7 game Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Vereen's numbers look better than his play. He did leak through a blown coverage for a long TD to start the game, and he got open against the Jets loose zone coverage in the red zone for a second score, but the Patriots notorious change-ups at running back from week-to-week may keep him from having consistent value.
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Patriots | Stevan Ridley praised (Fri Oct 10, 09:34 AM) - New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley was praised by head coach Bill Belichick for his growth this season. Belichick also credited Ridley's ball security, vision and confidence.

Our View: Ridley and Shane Vereen are looking like weekly upside flex plays with the Patriots offense trending up, after a slow start possibly got them dropped in some leagues.
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