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RB Shane Vereen - New England Patriots

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): The Patriots can score 51 points and Vereen doesn't find the end zone or have a big yardage game? Uh oh. His role is the same as it was before the Stevan Ridley injury, that is that of a PPR flex. One with great weekly upside, but a low floor, too.

Week 9: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Patriots opted to ride a new 'hot hand' last week, feeding Jonas Gray the football for 17/86/0 against the Bears. Shane Vereen was still involved with 5/22/0 rushing and 3/23/0 receiving, but didn't have the lead back's share of the touches during Week 8, after posting 11/43/0 rushing and 5/71/2 receiving against the Jets two games ago (Gray had 3/12/0 rushing in that game). Bill Belichick's 'Flavor of the Week' running back approach remains his standard Modus Operandi heading into the second half of the 2014 season (as it was in 2013, 2012 and so on ad nauseum for fantasy owners). Denver's rush D ranks first in the league averaging 72.4 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out to date. San Diego had 15/61/0 rushing as a team last week; San Francisco managed 18/62/0 two games ago. Teams get behind quickly against the Denver offense, and end up lightly employing their running backs in this phase (San Diego threw 41 passes last week; San Francisco attempted 46 the week prior). This is a tough matchup for the home-team Patriots.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 5 22 0 5 3 23 0 0
9 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 5 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 5 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 5 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs CHI (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Once again operating as the primary third down back, Shane Vereen's day had the potential to look much better on the box score, but it wasn't to be. His main blemish was a drop that would have likely gone for around 10 yards or so, one of Tom Brady's five incompletions on the day. One of Vereen's receptions went to the 2 yard line, and he then had a carry from the 2 to the 1 yard line but couldn't quite get into the endzone. Vereen also couldn't convert a swing pass on a later drive from the 1 yard line, as his assigned defender tackled him as soon as his hands touched the ball. Vereen's long run of the day was an 11 yard draw that was more blocking than anything else. While his volume wasn't huge, Vereen saw plenty of goal line looks and chances, and should be able to convert some in the future.


Latest News

Patriots | Shane Vereen to play (Sun Oct 26, 09:38 AM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (illness) will play Sunday, Oct. 26.

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Patriots | Shane Vereen questionable (Fri Oct 24, 05:11 PM) - Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (illness) is listed as questionable for Week 8.

Our View: Vereen is dealing with an illness, so his status may depend on his body's ability to fight off his malady in time for Sunday's game. Rookie James White would be poised to play a larger role along with practice call-up Jonas Gray if Vereen is out. Special teamer Brandon Bolden would also figure in, but Gray would likely be the primary runner and White the primary receiving back if Vereen is out.
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Patriots | Shane Vereen misses practice (Fri Oct 24, 02:44 PM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (illness) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, because of an illness, according to a source. The team does not appear to be worried since Vereen is not injured.

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