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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 Nov 17): Vereen wasn't the star against the Colts, but with tougher run defenses like the Lions next week and the Jets in Week 16 on the schedule, his time in this souped up offense will come.

Week 12: vs Detroit Lions

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The New England rush offense was jolted by Jonas Gray last week - he posted a ridiculous 37/201/4 against the hapless Indianapolis rush D, helping the Patriots to a huge 44/246/4 rushing on the day - Shane Vereen had just one carry for 18 yards during the Gray Show, but added 4/59/0 receiving for his fantasy owners' solace. The Patriots have found their next 'big back' to pound away at opposing defenses. The Lions' rush D is no pushover, though, averaging just 68.8 rushing yards allowed per game this year (#1 in the NFL) and with only four rushing scores given out to date (tied for second-least rushing TDs allowed this year). Arizona had 26/46/0 rushing vs. Detroit last week, while Miami managed 19/50/0 on the ground two games back. Detroit has a shut-down rush D going strong entering the stretch run into the playoffs - this is a tough matchup for Gray and Vereen despite last weeks' explosion at Indianapolis.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CHI 5 22 0 5 3 23 0 0
9 vs DEN 11 29 0 10 5 38 1 0
11 at IND 1 18 0 4 4 59 0 0
12 vs DET PROJ-Dodds 7 * * 5 * * *
12 vs DET PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 4 * * *
12 vs DET PROJ-Bloom 8 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs DEN (11 / 29 / 0 rush, 10 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)

Playing in the majority of snaps, Vereen had a decent day, as the run game was bottled up for the most part due to a lack of running room. However, Vereen found moderate success in the passing game, though he operated as the 4th option behind Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon Lafell. Vereen did score a touchdown from 5 yards on on a simple play in which he faked a block from the shotgun, then leaked out from the backfield uncovered. Vereen also had a notable drop that would have easily gone for 10 yards, but did convert a 4th and 5 on a tight throw by Tom Brady into solid coverage.

2014 Week 11 vs IND (1 / 18 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)

On 'Jonas Gray Day', Shane Vereen took a clear backseat in the Patriots run game, carrying the ball exactly 1 time as compared to the 38 totes Jonas Gray saw. Vereen's highlight play on the day was a 39 yard catch and run that saw completely busted coverage. He narrowly stepped out of bounds on the play, or would have had much more. He also had a play where he lunged forward for an additional 3-4 yards rather than taking the tackle as it was, which showed solid effort. Again, Vereen's role was largely game flow dictated, and with the Colts unable to stop the power run game, it was Jonas Gray's day to shine.


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