RB Shane Vereen - Free Agent
|5-8, 203||Born: 3-2-1989||College: California||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2011|
2017 Week 1 vs DAL (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 51 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen was the leading receiver for the Giants in terms of receptions and was salvagable in PPR leagues but this performance was as a result of many checkdown passes. The Giants were not able to throw downfield much in this game and thus Vereen got his hands on many quick outs from Manning when he was under fire. Vereen often had little or no room to work with after the catch as the Cowboys played 7 in coverage for most of thiis game. Vereen did his best, using his quickness in screen passes and flat passes to get as many yards after the catch as possible. His hands looked solid and very dependable. He was critical for Manning in the passing game as his offensive line was giving up quick pressure too easily, leading to quick throws to avoid sacks. Vereen never got much attention in the redzone and was not a threat to score but the entire Giants offense was lackluster on Sunday. He was more involved in the passing game than any other back as is his usual role, so could be a decent play in PPR leagues only if you are in a tight spot but nothing more.
2017 Week 2 vs DET (6 / 28 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Much like against Dallas in Week 1, Shane Vereen's involvement was limited to check down passes and conservative draw plays on third and long situations. For the Giants offense, such down and distances became the norm in this game, as a combination of penalties and negative plays forced their hand. Vereen looked spry at times and was a nice outlet for his quarterback. He made a crucial error on a fourth down play, however, not running his route past the sticks. The Lions made the tackle and forced a turnover on downs as the Giants were trying to claw their way back.
2016 Week 1 vs DAL (6 / 38 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen looked very agile and quick on the field against Dallas. Vereen was used primarily in passing situations as an "H-back" role for Manning. Vereen was excellent at finding space when his quarterback needed an escape, running good routes and knowing when to get open against the defense. Vereen got a lot of work on the ground with inside handoffs from the shotgun. He also ran effectively with draws and delayed runs that took advantage of any aggressive defensive line play. Vereen dropped one pass and had a decent run up the middle negated by a questionable Giants holding penalty but this didn't take away from his solid performance. Vereen ran between the guards often and punished the secondary many times as he enjoyed excellent run blocking up front by the Giants. The Giants offensive line sealed off many lanes throughout the game and got a great push at the snap. Vereen and the Giants elected to pass for most of the plays they were in the redzone as they needed to come away with touchdowns to stay in front of Dallas. The passing attack is clearly their strength but the running game was effective and a pleasant surprise for fantasy/NYG fans.
2016 Week 2 vs NO (14 / 42 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen got a lot of the redzone work when the Giants were near the goal line but failed to secure a score. Vereen was a lot more productive than his teammate Jennings however and got slightly more work on Sunday. Jennings was only a handful of yards short on two different occasions to the goal line but unfortunately couldn't punch it in against the Saints. The Saints defense stiffened on the goal line and they didn't allow any push. Vereen worked well in open space and had a nice run on a short toss right from the gun. Vereen also showed excellent quickness on a screen pass as he weaved in between several defenders for the first. He did fumble the ball on an inside handoff however as a defender caught him from behind and jarred the ball loose. Vereen continued to pick up solid gains from the shotgun on delays and inside handoffs up the middle with quickness and sufficient blocking up front.
2016 Week 3 vs WAS (11 / 67 / 1 rush, 5 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen had a productive day in a feature role filling in for Rashad Jennings. He had thirteen total touches as eleven came on the ground. It was great to see him being effective in spite of the fact that he is mainly the third down running back for the Giants. Shane had a goal line carry that resulted in a touchdown early in the first quarter. This showed his tremendous versatility as he was trusted in this situation. He ran hard all day as he often made defenders miss and broke tackles as well. His 6.1 yards per carry demonstrates how well he ran the ball in a feature role. The longest carry of the day for Shane was twenty five yards and could have potentially been more. Unfortunately he suffered a triceps injury so his versatility will be on the shelf for a few months.
2015 Week 1 vs DAL (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Vereen's debut was solid but his production level was not terrific. He was used in passing situations and key third down plays as was predicted and held up well. Vereen showed ability as a blocker for Manning and as a receiving option out of the backfield as he caught 4 passes. Vereen got his hands on a lot of screen passes from the backfield and followed his blocks well for decent gains. Vereen showed terrific patience late in the game as he followed a handoff to the rightside but noticed more space on the left and cut in that direction to pick up a big first down. Vereen could be used as a low tier running back in a point per reception league but is unlikely to be very productive for the Giants. The Giants lead rushing back will be Jennings unless injury occurs but Vereen is easily the best back to have in for passing situations, which the Giants will have a lot of this season. Vereen could be a good option in the redzone for Manning but there were too few redzone chances in this game to see that happen in this game.
2015 Week 2 vs ATL (6 / 19 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen had a terrific day for the Giants on Sunday and has found a nice role for himself in the Giants offense. Vereen has become the Giants go to man as a third down passing option out of the backfield and Quarterback Eli Manning looked his direction very often against the Falcons. Vereen caught screens, quick outs and a lot of check down pass attempts which made him very valuable in point per reception leagues. Vereen did a good job bouncing off a tackle attempt by Atlanta in the first half and picking up a key first down. Vereen later made his first defender miss at the line of scrimmage and exploded downfield for a big play with help blocking from his team. Vereen has excellent hands and good awareness of how to get open in the passing game. Manning and Vereen have developed a good relationship in this short season so far and this can only be expected to continue as the Giants will look to pass the ball a lot this year. Vereen was used more traditionally as a rushing back up the middle but was met with mediocre success. Fantasy owners can expect similar production from Vereen as the season progresses but he may disappear in low scoring games and against tough defenses.
2015 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 23 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vereen failed to have a follow up performance like his last week against Atlanta. Vereen shared a lot of time with teammates Jennings and Williams which ate into his production. Vereen was present in passing situations also but Manning was more focused on his receivers making plays down the field due to the good pass protection he was getting. Vereen was used out of the shotgun a lot on draws and dive plays to keep drives converting into first downs. Vereen did not get a lot of targets in this game and dropped a curl route pattern from Manning. Vereen was simply not the focal point of the offense for this game and had to share the workload.
2015 Week 4 vs BUF (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen surprisingly did not catch a single pass on Sunday and only received 5 carries on the ground which lead to a poor line statistically. The Giants leaned heavily on Jennings and Williams on the ground which hurt Vereen production, though he has never known to excel as rushing threat. Eli Manning also focused on driving the ball downfield and did not need to use Vereen as a check down option from the pocket. Vereen's only contribution as a pass catching back came in the first half as he was able to draw a pass interference call over the middle. Vereen had one catch on a play action misdirection play negated by a penalty on his own team unfortunately. Vereen is most productive in PPR leagues but he is a low end option as the Giants simply have too many other options in their offense .
2015 Week 5 vs SF (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 86 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen received only 5 carries on the ground for the Giants but his true value was in the passing game yet again. Vereen did well on the ground averaging almost 5 yards a carry but the Giants relied on Jennings a lot more as a rushing back. Vereen was useful in a number of ways in the passing game. Vereen and Manning displayed great chemistry as Manning knew where Vereen would be and be able to predict his movement to throw the ball in stride. Vereen's touchdown play came in the redzone on a simple out patter in the flat. Manning bought time and allowed Vereen to easily get a lot of separation over the goal line for the score. Vereen had a lot of yards after the catch and did not go down easy when he caught the ball. Vereen had a big 20+ yard pass play in final drive which really helped set up the Giants touchdown. Vereen used his blockers downfield very well with the screen pass, was patient and got as many yards as possible. Vereen provides an athletic and smart aspect to the passing game that the Giants were previously lacking and his role looks solid. Definitely playable in PPR leagues, though a crowded backfield and Beckham jr to deal with will lead to occasional no shows on the stat sheet.
2015 Week 6 vs PHI (4 / 0 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen was unfortunately very unproductive on the ground for New York. The Philly defensive front penetrated well on his carries and took him down too quickly. The Giants were forced to abandon the run quickly as they fell behind to the Eagles. Vereen was surprisingly not featured once the Giants became pass happy, partly due to the pass rush felt by Manning. Jennings was also utilised well in the passing game which hurt the production of Vereen. Vereen lost out on a lot of playtime as a result to Jennings but Manning struggled to connect with any of his receivers outside of Beckham jr.
2015 Week 7 vs DAL (4 / 56 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen was the Giants leading rusher on Sunday, though his production was mediocre in terms of fantasy. The Giants split the load in the backfield amongst 4 running backs and no single player was able to get a large amount of touches. Vereen was useful as always out of the shotgun, though not much as a receiver in this game as he only had one reception. Vereen got a lot of handoffs inside from the shotgun from Manning and did well from this role. Vereen always maximised his carries and even picking up 3 or 4 yards where there was very little running room from the start. Vereen was patient in the backfield and waited for holes to develop, rather than hitting the hole blindly. Vereen found numerous gaps in the defense this way and was an important factor for the Giants. Vereen had one explosive run on the right side of the field, thanks to some crucial blocking up front. Vereen was given a big hole to race into the secondary and bounced off a tackle which allowed him to explode down the sideline for almost 40 yards. It is tough to start Vereen or any Giants back at the moment however, due to inconsistent production and not knowing who will get the most carries.
2015 Week 8 vs NO (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 60 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen was typically quiet with his rushing attack but strong in the passing game as he scored one of the many touchdowns on Sunday. Vereen was taken down quickly when he got any handoffs at the line of scrimmage as he is more of a shifty player than power back. Vereen was strong out of the backfield and caught many checkdown passes from Manning which helped him escape pressure. Vereen is a veteran back and a strong presence in the passing game. Vereen got open in the redzone near the goal line on a flair pattern to the outside. Vereen ran an excellent route and made his defender guess wrong as he ran away from coverage for the easy score. Vereen was useful on third down and was an easy outlet to Manning when the pocket began to fall apart. The Giants were reasonably successful throwing down the field also in this game which took some of the focus away from Vereen but there'll be many more performances like ahead.
2015 Week 9 vs TB (6 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 29 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen seems to be emerging as the only startable fantasy running back for the Giants as he scored again in the passing game. Vereen got open on an out route in the endzone and did well to adjust to a low pass from Manning which was placed away from the defender for the score. Vereen was an excellent check down option for Manning in the passing game throughout and prevented the quarterback from taking a few sacks. The Chemistry that exists between the two seems to be growing as they can connected all over the field and on third down. Vereen was able to explode up the middle of the defense thanks to some key blocking up front and was unlucky to be taken down mere yards from the goal line. He is the most versatile back for the Giants but exclusively shines in the passing game out of the backfield, providing relief for Manning as another receiver. Vereen is also solid in the running game, though it's not his strength as a back. Vereen is a risky option in PPR leagues if you are desperate and will rely on a touchdown most likely to be worth the spot in your lineup but he is the best option in the Giants backfield currently.
2015 Week 10 vs NE (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen had a quiet day on Sunday as he only had a total of 6 touches. Vereen is typically a strong asset in the passing game but managed only 2 catches as the Giants looked elsewhere when attacking the Patriots. Vereen did have a deep shot down the sideline from Manning early in the game which resulted in a pass interference call against Vereen. Manning also misfired early in the game on a short curl route over the middle which fell incomplete also. Vereen gave decent effort when given carries out of the shotgun up the middle and pushed defenders back but he simply got too few touches. The Giants focused on the passing game in critical situations and Vereen lost out on this occasion.
2015 Week 12 vs WAS (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 21 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen posted poor fantasy numbers as he was not a huge factor in the Giants loss on Sunday. Vereen got only 2 rushing attempts on the ground as the Giants continue to share the workload amongst 4 running backs, though the split ratio is typically not even. The Giants also failed to block well up front and had to abandon the running game as they fell behind. Vereen did manage to find some holes up front on his 2 carries. Vereen got a toss play outside and weaved his way through defenders to convert a third down. Vereen was responsible for a poor turnover that was charged to Manning via an interception. Vereen should have caught a short pass outside out of the backfield but did not catch the ball cleanly and instead tipped it into the air which allowed a Redskin defender to pick it off. Vereen got his hands on some screen pass plays and check down balls from Manning but this wasn't enough to make him productive. Vereen is a high risk low end #3 RB in PPR leagues that should be avoided as his production week to week is not good enough.
2015 Week 13 vs NYJ (4 / 13 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen managed only 6 touches on Sunday and was not an impact player for the Giants. Vereen was given very limited work on the ground and got only inside carries from the gun which he struggled to convert. Vereen met defenders quickly for the most part and the Giants failed to block well for him. Vereen got a few catches over the middle for modest gains but never looked dangerous. He was given too few touches and not much can be expected from fantasy players with only 6 touches. The Giants running back situation is very evenly spread and no one player can ever be relied upon in terms of fantasy.
2015 Week 15 vs CAR (4 / 29 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 43 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen had a bounceback game on Sunday as he had been somewhat forgotten about in recent weeks. Vereen also gets back on the scoreboard with a touchdown late in the game in crunch time. Vereen got open on a pass to the outside out of the backfield in the redzone before taking it back inside and splitting several defenders up the middle for the touchdown with impressive quickness. Vereen had several catches out of the backfield and was a good target for Manning to check the ball down to in times of pressure. Vereen also managed to rip off a nice 19 yard run up the Carolina defense. The play was well blocked at the line of scrimmage and Vereen had the quickness to gain a lot of yards after contact. Though Jennings has become the lead back in this offense, Vereen is the superior option in the passing game as he possesses better hands/quickness and football IQ. His quickness allows him to beat defenders and slightly slower linebackers in the passing game. Vereen's production is not reliable however and should not be started in fantasy as he needs a large volume of passes to become relevant in this offense.
2015 Week 16 vs MIN (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen was underused in this game and produced very little for his team. Vereen got only one carry for 3 yards up the middle and was not used again on the ground. Vereen got a check down pass from Manning, which he was almost able to pick up the first down with his quickness. Vereen then caught a decent screen pass attempt, finding some open space against the Vikings, though they were in a soft defense as they held a large lead. Vereen simply didn't touch the ball enough to make a difference and the Giants were a mess in pass protection which prevented catching attempts from Vereen.
2015 Week 17 vs PHI (4 / 12 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen accomplished very little on the ground on Sunday in only 4 carries but excelled in the passing game which he is better known for. Vereen got into a groove on one particular drive late in the game and managed 4 straight touches of the ball. The Giants isolated Vereen against an Eagle linebacker over the middle in the passing game and Vereen was able to beat him inside on every play. Vereen showed good route running as he successfully faked outside before cutting back inside which caught the Eagle linebacker off guard. Vereen was very useful as a check down option for Manning and he picked up several first downs this way. Vereen had a lot of space to work with out of the backfield and took advantage of one on one man coverage when possible. He also got his hands on a screen pass but was unfortunate not to score as he was taken down a few yards shy of the goal line.
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.
2014 Week 3 vs OAK (7 / 20 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)
Although Shane Vereen was more involved in this week's gameplan than Week 2 against the Vikings, he still wasn't terribly effective. Similar to Stevan Ridley, he got what was blocked and not a whole lot else. He was also fairly ineffective in the passing game, barely registering over 4 yards per catch. Tom Brady did miss Vereen on a pass or two, but overall, his effectiveness was limited by the inefficiencies of the Patriots passing attack and Raiders' commitment to shoring up the run defense.
2014 Week 4 vs KC (8 / 26 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Similar to Stevan Ridley, Vereen only saw a handful of carries thanks to gameplanning and shoddy offense by the Patriots. He did catch 5 passes since the Patriots were playing in blowout mode for a chunk of the game, but wasn't able to do a ton on the ground or through the air. On Vereen's first 5 runs, he had almost no room to work with. He displayed subpar vision on a 2nd and 1 he got stuffed on, where he danced around a bit too much instead of hitting the hole hard. There were no goal line opportunities in this game.
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.
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.
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.
2014 Week 12 vs DET (8 / 12 / 0 rush, 9 / 8 / 48 / 0 rec)
Bottled up by the Lions on the ground, Vereen did all his damange through the air. Though most of his plays were fairly short ones (as the box score indicates), his main highlight was a solid chunk gain with a screen pass that gave him his long 17 yard gain of the day. Vereen also had a pass clang off his hands, but the pass was a bit behind him. All in all, Vereen dominated the backfield in snaps because the game plan called for a pass heavy set.
2014 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Par for the course at this point for Shane Vereen: limited success and usage in the running game while playing most of his snaps in passing type situations. Vereen's lone reception was a result of busted coverage, and he did have a drop that would have gone for a first down. Tom Brady also made an odd check at the line that saw Vereen run inside the tackles for a gain of two yards, something that probably isn't his strong point.
2014 Week 14 vs SD (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
At this point, it's clear Shane Vereen is exclusively a pass catcher with LeGarrette Blount operating as a primary and better ball carrier. Vereen didn't have any notable plays, as he had just 3 catches and took a backseat to Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell.
2014 Week 15 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Once again, Shane Vereen was a minimal part of the gameplan, though he did score a touchdown from the shotgun formation on a 3rd down. The touchdown was a solid run that saw Vereen dive into the endzone, but beyond that, there wasn't much to speak about on his day.
2014 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 38 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
With LeGarrette Blount out, Shane Vereen split carries on the running side of the ball, and had more success than any of the other running backs against the Jets stout front. Vereen displayed better vision than normal, gaining decent yards once being tackled and squirting through narrow holes. However, he was limited to just 7 touches. Brady did miss Vereen on a potential passing touchdown, but the quarterback was under siege and threw the ball short.
2014 Week 17 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen played sparingly against the Bills with 5 total touches. This was likely by design, because we know what Vereen brings to the table at this point, and his rushing style probably isn't suited for the Bills stout front. As a result, it was a fairly quiet day for Vereen on the ground and through the air. He did convert a 4th down from the backfield, which was the only real play of note for the shifty back.
2014 Week 19 vs BAL (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Although the game against the Ravens was extremely pass heavy, Shane Vereen was the fifth passing game option and didn't have a huge impact on the game. He did almost lose a critical fumble, but was ruled down upon replay.
2014 Week 20 vs IND (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
The run game was all LeGarrette Blount, who dominated touches on the ground, making Vereen nearly an afterthought. His one big play of the game was a 30 yard catch which saw him split out wide and simply outrun a linebacker on a slightly underthrown ball. It was a really solid catch, but other than that, Vereen was largely unseen on the day.
2013 Week 1 vs BUF (14 / 101 / 0 rush, 10 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)
With Stevan Ridley pursuing a degree in fumbleitis, Shane Vereen was able to take advantage of the opportunity for touches with his first 100 yard rushing game of his career. Vereen displayed solid elusiveness and burst, and coupled with solid run blocking, was one of the main reasons the Patriots offense was able to muster points. While Ridley was in the game, Vereen was used as a third down-esque back, seeing more passing game targets than runs and running almost exclusively from the shotgun. Once he took over as the primary back, his roles were mixed up a bit more, although he still saw plenty of passing game targets. On one memorable twenty yard run, Vereen broke about 4 tackles to gain at least 10 extra yards. On the flip side, Vereen missed a touchdown from the 2 yard line, and Tom Brady fumbled away the subsequent snap. Regardless, it was a positive to see him get a goal line tote. While it would be foolish to expect Vereen to completely take over feature back duties, it seems completely plausible he'll be an integral part of the Patriots attack in the near future.
2013 Week 11 vs CAR (1 / 7 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec)
In his first game since Week 1, Vereen added an element to the Patriots offense that has been sorely missing - a running back with explosiveness in the passing game. Vereen led all Patriots players with 8 receptions and 11 targets, displaying solid route running, consistently beating his defenders, and playing with elusiveness and toughness on nearly every touch. Make no mistake - although Vereen lined up in the backfield, as the box score indicates, he's almost an 'offensive weapon' as opposed to running back, as he only received one carry all game. Vereen also had a huge drop on the last drive of the game on a wheel route that would have given the Patriots more time to take shots into the end zone, a play that isn't likely to be dropped in the future.
2013 Week 12 vs DEN (10 / 31 / 0 rush, 11 / 8 / 60 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen saw 11 targets and 10 carries on the day against the Broncos, highlighting his versatility. In the first half, Tom Brady looked his way a lot, as pass protection was breaking down quite frequently until after halftime. Oddly enough, Vereen made some incredibly tough catches, but two of his incompletions were stone cold drops. One notable drop was on a wheel route that looked EXACTLY like his drop against Carolina, yardage, route and all. Vereen also bobbled a ball that absolutely should have been intercepted by a defender, but wasn't. One wonders if the cast on his wrist diminishes his full catching ability, but that's neither here nor there. Vereen's 10 carries were also likely due to the fact that Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount decided to play butterfingers and fumble in the first quarter. Vereen also missed a score from the 1 yard line in the hurry up offense, which was later converted by Brandon Bolden.
2013 Week 13 vs HOU (10 / 38 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen operated as option 1b on carries out of the backfield coupled with his usual pass catching role, ending up with 15 touches on the day. Vereen's touchdown came on an easy grab from 9 yards out, as the defense paid so much attention to Rob Gronkowski that Vereen was left uncovered. He also bobbled a second potential touchdown, a tough back shoulder grab. A third potential touchdown saw him stopped at the one yard line as well. It's interesting to note that all three of his scores or near scores were on passes, as he hasn't seen any goal line carries besides a hurry up carry from the 1 last week against Denver.
2013 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 9 / 1 rush, 17 / 12 / 153 / 0 rec)
Game ball: Shane Vereen. That about adequately sums up his day, as Shane Vereen was arguably the best player on the field not named Josh Gordon on either side of the ball. Vereen absolutely took over the 4th quarter, racking up 10 catches and over 130 yards in about 15 or 16 minutes of game time. Potentially the only 'bad' play from Vereen came early on when he dropped a screen that would have likely converted a first down and more. However, he more than made up for that. On one scoring drive, Vereen was literally the entire offense. The drive was as follows: 50 yard reception, 16 yard reception, 6 yard rushing touchdown from a draw formation. Easy enough. He displayed his typical elusiveness and awesome hands, again operating more as a wide receiver than running back. The loss of Rob Gronkowski means Vereen will have to shoulder some monster workloads down the stretch, and he's an RB1 in PPR without question.
2013 Week 15 vs MIA (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Put simply, the Dolphins gameplanned around Shane Vereen and made sure he didn't beat them. They did a fantastic job executing this strategy. The linebackers were quick on the day, he was smothered when he went out for routes, and as a result, his stat line was a total dud. He was targeted several time, but with defenders constantly keying on him, could muster almost nil in all phases of the offensive game. A bounceback week should be in store for him soon, but this is the danger of being a primarily pass catching back.
2013 Week 16 vs BAL (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen's box score looks small for two reasons. One, the Patriots were pounding the ball throughout the game with bigger backs. Two, he was injured at the tail end of the first quarter and never returned. Luckily for his fantasy owners, he did catch a fairly easy short touchdown pass, as a pick play was set for him to leave a slower trailing linebacker in coverage. The linebacker had no shot, and Vereen scored with relative ease. Other than that, because of the aforementioned, Vereen didn't do much to speak of.
2013 Week 17 vs BUF (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec)
A fairly up and down day for Shane Vereen. He did score a touchdown on an easy swing pass and take another play 22 yards after some trickery. On the downside, he fumbled one of his touches which the Pats luckily recovered. He was also almost the sole cause of Tom Brady's interception, as he bobbled a fairly easy pass and allowed a defender to snag it out of the air. With LeGarrette Blount running so well, Vereen's role was fairly minimal.
2013 Week 19 vs IND (5 / 17 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Vereen was heavily involved in the Patriots third-down offense, and he also got some looks in the red zone. He had an easy conversion out of the slot early in the game, and also got a target on a quick outside screen. Vereen ran hard on his few carries, which included an early third-down conversion. His vision and burst were excellent on another successful carry, and Vereen also had a carry inside the five to set up a first and goal. His only real issue was a drop on a pass that could have went for a big gain on a wheel route. Vereen was used all over the formation and he'll be a big part of the Patriots trying to string together long drives against the Broncos in the AFC Championship game.
2013 Week 20 vs DEN (4 / 34 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
As expected, Shane Vereen had a larger role than he'd had over the last several weeks, thanks in part to the Broncos dominating the line of scrimmage and the time of possession. He was used as a slot receiver, motion guy, and saw a handful of carries, generally doing his job and hauling in 5 of his 8 targets. He did have some nice jukes of a few defenders on a couple catches and runs, but no big plays to speak of.
2012 Week 4 vs BUF (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Vereen was involved early on, as he caught a pass coming out of backfield for five yards with two defenders hitting him instantly, before making one defender miss on a run for no gain. From then on however, he played second fiddle for Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley.
2012 Week 5 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vereen saw just a handful of snaps on the day, but did the most with his opportunities. His lone carry resulted in a goal line touchdown where he made a defender miss in the hole. Vereen was targeted on a wheel route against single coverage, drawing a defensive pass interference penalty from the linebacker. His touchdown was an example of the unpredictability of this running back situation. Depending on the opponent or game situation, it could be Ridley, Woodhead, Bolden, or Vereen seeing an increased role in this offense.
2012 Week 7 vs NYJ (8 / 49 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Shane Vereen started the game with the first team offense. The Patriots didn't waste any time getting him involved. On his team's first play, Brady completed a quick swing pass to Vereen that he turned into a 10-yard gain. On the next play, Vereen took a hand off left, allowed his blocks to set-up before accelerating for an11-yard game. Vereen didn't see his next carry until midway through the second quarter. During his team's seventh drive, Vereen received four straight carries. The Patriots were holding a 23-13 lead at the time, so they gave their second-year runner an extended look. Vereen took his first carry of this series off right tackle and accelerated for 16 yards. The Patriots came back Vereen on the next play, giving him a carry up the middle for an eight-yard gain. Vereen ran his legs through the tacklers to pick up four extra yards. Throughout the game,the Patriots deployed Vereen in intervals and it paid off. Ridley is clearly the Patriots' lead dog, but Vereen is a great space runner with extraordinary vision.
2012 Week 8 vs STL (7 / 22 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Vereen was called upon on 4th and one and scored an easy touchdown behind the right tackle. He also had a 14 yard carry that featured the juke of the game, bringing a linebacker to his knees before he ever had a chance to touch Vereeen. Vereen ran through an ankle tackle for a 17 yard reception in garbage time but deferred to Woodhead for most of the pass catching opportunities out of the backfield.
2012 Week 10 vs BUF (5 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Vereen did not have much success running the ball on Sunday, rushing five times for five yards, with a long of five yards. Vereen was often hit in the backfield, with little to no shot at getting up field. What looked like a pretty good matchup for Vereen, especially after the numbers Bolden put up in week four was anything but for the backup RB. Vereen received one target in the passing game, catching the screen and picking up 11 yards on the play.
2012 Week 11 vs IND (11 / 40 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Vereen was thee second back in the game as he caught a quick screen pass from Brady, before turning upfield. However, the seven yard gain was negated by a holding penalty. The Patriots gave the ball straight back to Vereen as he slipped through the defense up the middle for an eight yard gain. Brady and Vereen couldn't connect over the middle when Brady tried to lead him away from a tackler by throwing the ball slightly behind him. Vereen showed off excellent speed with his next carry, as the Patriots offensive line created a good hole for him to run through for 13 yards. Vereen wasn't used much until the Patriots were running the clock in the fourth quarter. Vereen showed good speed and agility, but his late touchdown was as easy as could be.
2012 Week 12 vs NYJ (10 / 42 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 91 / 1 rec)
Shane Vereen's play making ability is undeniable. The second year running back is a shifty, dynamic runner in space and can make defenders miss. During the Patriots' first touchdown drive, Vereen and Stevan Ridley split carries as the Patriots methodically worked their way down the field. On a 2nd-and-10 play from New York's 32-yard line, Vereen accelerated up the middle for a 13-yard gain. Vereen almost broke the play for a touchdown, but Ellis Lankster grabbed his facemask and yanked him down. After the penalty, Vereen took the next two red zone carries for gains of four and two yards, respectively. During this drive, Vereen generated 26 yards on four carries and received two important red zone carries that normally go to Ridley. It's worth noting that all four of Vereen's carries went to the left side of New York's defense. Following a Shonn Greene fumble, the Patriots stuck with Vereen and their decision paid off. Vereen ran a simple wheel route into the flat, hauled in Brady's pass, and accelerated down the left sideline for an 83-yard touchdown. Bart Scott was matched up against Vereen in man coverage, which is a total mismatch. Several Jet defenders had angles to cut off Vereen, but his second level speed proved to be too much. During the second half, the Patriots continued to rotate Vereen and Ridley. On a 3rd-and-7 play from New York's 11-yard line, Vereen ran an out-route, broke through a LaRon Landry tackle for an eight-yard gain. The Patriots gave Vereen the 1st-and-Goal carry from the four-yard line, but he was tackled at the one-yard line. As a team, the Patriots don't have many 'burners', but Vereen's impressive speed, coupled with his exception hands, makes him a dangerous player in space.
2012 Week 13 vs MIA (3 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vereen had just three official touches on the day, but was a factor more than his statistics can indicate. Two of his rushing attempts were impressive displays of balance and agility in close quarters with lateral explosion. In the passing game, Vereen was targeted on two occasions. Once, Vereen missed an opportunity for a screen pass when it was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Later, he was targeted deep down the sideline against linebacker coverage. Vereen drew a defensive pass interference penalty on the play, a gain that goes unnoticed in the box score. Vereen's three rushing attemps were his lowest total since Week 6, but has six targets over the last three games.
2012 Week 14 vs HOU (8 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vereen had eight carries out of the backfield for the Patriots in relief of Steven Ridley. Vereen was more quick than powerful but the Patriots line did a nice job opening holes on inside rushes and sealing off the outside on end rushes. Vereen hits the hole quickly out of the backfield and excels at rushes to the left side. He did not have a carry near the endzone.
2012 Week 15 vs SF (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
With the fumbling issues of Ridley, Vereen may have been able to carve a nice role for himself if he had not fumbled as well. Catching a screen and running up field, Vereen held the ball loosely at his side and Navorro Bowman was able to punch it out from behind. That was the end of Vereen's day.
2012 Week 16 vs JAX (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After his fumble last week, Vereen saw very limited snaps against Jacksonville. Late in the first half, he was split out wide on a snap, but did not see a target on the play. In the mid-third quarter, Vereen was involved in pass protection. He whiffed on the block, which led to a sack of Brady. It was a game of few chances, which he failed with, for Shane Vereen.
2012 Week 17 vs MIA (8 / 38 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vereen saw a majority of running back snaps on 2-3 drives against Miami this week and performed well with his sustained opportunity. He gained five or more yards on four of his carries showing the most burst and lateral explosion of any New England running back. After back-to-back red zone carries on one possession down inside the 10-yard-line, Vereen gave way to Ridley for a short touchdown. While Vereen has managed to stay healthy for the second half of 2012 to flash his individual skills, his usage on a week-to-week basis is murky at best. With Danny Woodhead an unrestricted free agent this offseason, which could be Vereen's best chance for an expanded and fantasy-relevant role in the offense in 2013.
2012 Week 19 vs HOU (7 / 41 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 83 / 2 rec)
While Vereen didn't lead the offense in total yards, receiving yards or even rushing yards, he did lead the team in the most important category, TDs. After his own 25-yard completion on a short pass took the offense deep into Texan territory, Vereen finished the drive off with a one-yard TD run, running untouched off the left edge. Vereen's longest run came on the following drive, running the stretch to perfection for a 22-yard gain. After picking up eight more the following play, he had perhaps his best run two plays later. On a toss left, Vereen had an unblocked Connor Barwin between he and the 1st down marker. Vereen used a slight hesitation to get Barwin flat-footed before cutting back inside and picking up six yards and the first down. Despite averaging 5.9 yards a carry, Vereen's biggest impact was in the passing game. Lining up wide on the aforementioned 25-yard catch, it was entirely Vereen who turned the short completion into the long gain. Later Vereen slipped out of the backfield and was left completely uncovered, resulting in an all too easy eight-yard TD catch. Vereen wasn't done there, however, as he saved his best for last. Again lining up out wide, this time the Texans sent LB Barrett Ruud to cover the RB. Not the prettiest of double moves, but still effective, Vereen faked the quick slant before going vertical. Ruud stood no chance, especially with the throw from Brady. Like a WR, Vereen perfectly tracked the ball and cleanly pulled the pass in for a 33-yard TD catch. Injuries are never a good thing, but if there was anything positive to pull from Danny Woodhead going down early, it was Vereen's increased touches. Without the injury, the Vereen may have never got the opportunity to compile 124 yards of total offense and three TDs.
2012 Week 20 vs BAL (4 / 16 / 0 rush, 0 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Vereen started the third series in the backfield and sliced through the middle of the defense for a seven yard gain with his first carry. He was stopped for no gain over right guard with his next however. Vereen stayed in the game as the Patriots drove down the field, but couldn't escape outside with his next carry as he was tackled for one yard. After Ridley was knocked out in the fourth quarter, Vereen came in and caught a quick curl pass that he turned upfield for a first down.Vereen danced between the tackles for a first down and six yard gain soon after. Two plays later, Vereen caught a pass in the flat and went unopposed up the field for 15 yards before stepping out of bounds. Vereen followed that up with a drop in the flat as he turned his head upfield before watching the ball into his chest.
2011 Week 11 vs KC (8 / 39 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When Vereen first came in it looked like he was coming in for a couple of meaningless runs at the end of the game. 4 yards here, 2 more here...loss of 3...then he broke a ten yard on a great change of direction in the backfield. Then he went all the way to the KC 2 on a 19 yard run that showed impressive speed. Finally Vereen fought through two tackles for a 4 yard TD on 4th and goal. In the end he showed a little bit of the power that makes Green-Elllis so effective and a lot of the speed that makes Woodhead so effective. He also showed why some people think he may be the most talented back the Patriots have.
2011 Week 12 vs PHI (7 / 18 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Vereen saw action in the second half when the game was pretty much done. As was the case for the Patriot running game across the board, Vereen had a tough time making any real headway against a stout Eagles run defense. He did break off a nice eight yard run late in the game where he showed some nice burst and good speed.