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RB Shane Vereen - New England Patriots

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

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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.

General News (Fri Oct 24): did not practice on Friday due to illness and is officially questionable to play this weekend.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Shane Vereen led the team in rushing (11/49/0 rushing) and receiving (eight targets for 5/71/2) last week during the narrow victory 27-25 over the Jets. Jonas Gray (3/12/0 rushing) is competing with Branden Bolden for touches in relief of Stevan Ridley (out for the season due to ACL/MCL torn ligaments). It appeared like Vereen will be the leader of this committee of backs going forwards - however, the Patriots are notorious for turning the 'hot hand' into their featured running back on any given Sunday. We'll see if Vereen remains the lead back during Week 8. The Bears' rush D ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 108.4 yards rushing allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out so far. Miami had 33/137/1 rushing at Chicago last week - Atlanta managed just 13/42/0 rushing vs. the Bears two weeks ago. This unit has swung wildly from outstanding to sub-par over the last two weeks. Vereen and company may have found a new rhythm with Ridley out for the year - we'll see how they approach the mix at running back this weekend as they work through a neutral matchup against Chicago.

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-Dodds 15 * * 5 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 18 * * 5 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 8 * * 4 * * *

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 | 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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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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