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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 Sep 15): The Patriots version of fantasy whack-a-mole is back in their backfield. With a game script that allowed them to lean on the running game, Vereen was not very useful in Minnesota. A similar blowout vs. Oakland could test Vereen's owners' commitment to playing him weekly if he has a similar dud.

Week 3: vs Oakland Raiders

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at MIA 7 36 1 8 5 35 0 0
2 at MIN 6 40 0 2 1 0 0 0
3 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay 8 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs MIA (7 / 36 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Operating as the Patriots' lead dog running back, Vereen was used equally as a receiver and running back, which should surprise no one. There weren't a ton of huge holes in the running game, but Vereen ran well. Interestingly, all his runs were to the right side of the Patriots line. Promisingly, Vereen also received two goal line carries on one series and cashed in on one from 3 yards out fairly easily. From a receiving standpoint, there wasn't a ton of room to work with, and his yards per catch was kept at a fairly low 7.0. He also ran his patented wheel route which we saw multiple times last year, with the same result as always: a missed catch just barely off his fingertips. Vereen should continue to see a big role in the Patriots offense, and better days should be ahead.

2014 Week 2 vs MIN (6 / 40 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

In stark contrast to Game 1, because the Patriots barely passed in Week 2, Shane Vereen wasn't called on for much action. In fact, he saw 19 snaps in Week 2 versus 61 in Week 1. As a result, there wasn't much to write home about besides the fact that the Patriots seem to prefer Stevan Ridley over Vereen in a ground and pound type game at this juncture. Vereen had a productive day on the ground, albeit with only 6 totes and zero goal line looks. He was also only targeted twice, as Tom Brady only attempted 22 passes.

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Latest News

Patriots | Shane Vereen dominates snaps (Mon Sep 8, 08:49 AM) - New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen rushed seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown Week 1. He also had five catches for 35 yards. He played in 71 percent of the snaps in Week 1. RB Stevan Ridley had eight rushes for 21 yards and two catches in Week 1 while playing in 26 percent of the snaps.

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Schedule

3vs Oakland Raiders
4@ Kansas City Chiefs
5vs Cincinnati Bengals
6@ Buffalo Bills
7vs New York Jets
8vs Chicago Bears
9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills