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Shane Vereen | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: California
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Shane Vereen rushed six times for 40 yards against the Vikings Week 2.
Vereen was a non-factor most of the game as the Patriots decided to ride Stevan Ridley for 25 carries in the blowout. Vereen will have better days, but this game is a good reminder that everyone on the Patriots' offense not named Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski is game-plan dependent. Sep 14 - 4:14 PM

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ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss expects Shane Vereen to get even more early-down and short-yardage opportunities this week.

Vereen actually got three goal-line carries in Week 1 compared to one for Stevan Ridley. Per Reiss, teammates were impressed with how Vereen performed in those situations. Already a PPR dynamo, Vereen is trending up as a standard-scoring player heading into Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 12 - 11:58 PM

Shane Vereen rushed seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, adding five catches for 35 yards.

Vereen was targeted eight times as a receiver. As has become his custom, one of his missed connections came on a wheel route. It's a play the Pats should really give up on. Vereen received three goal-line carries to Stevan Ridley's one, cashing the third in for a touchdown. It was a promising development for owners counting on Vereen as an RB2. Vereen likely would have received more carries had the Patriots' offense not been so discombobulated in the second half. Vereen and the Pats get the Vikings in Week 2.
Sep 7 - 5:45 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss gets the sense from those around the team that Shane Vereen will have a "significant role in almost every plan."

The Patriots are a week-to-week team in terms of game-planning, which can make weekly statistical projections extremely difficult. So noting that the versatile Vereen is involved in all packages and schemes is crucial. Already the team's passing back, the contract-year running back is an excellent bet to set a career-high in touches -- and will get plenty of carries if Stevan Ridley fumbles again. Vereen is an ideal target for PPR owners beginning in the third round.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 31 - 12:52 PM

Shane Vereen started the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night, rushing six times for 18 yards and hauling in five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

Vereen was on the field for seven of the Patriots' first eight offensive snaps, and played 26 snaps to Stevan Ridley's six in the first half. After only seeing three touches through the first two preseason games, Vereen's heavy usage against the Panthers was very encouraging. He is a solid RB2 in PPR formats, and should be a low-end RB2 or flex in standard formats as well.
Aug 22 - 11:15 PM

Shane Vereen did not record a carry in the Patriots' second preseason game Friday night.

Vereen caught both of his targets for 21 yards, but was rarely on the field on first or second down. He only has one carry through two preseason games. Vereen should dominate the passing-down snaps, but he has to get some work on early down as well to live up to his fifth-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 10:59 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects Shane Vereen to handle a majority of New England's running back snaps this season.

It is telling that Vereen played almost as many snaps as Stevan Ridley last season despite missing eight games due to injury. With LeGarrette Blount in Pittsburgh, the opportunity exists for Vereen to play upwards of 50% of the Patriots' offensive snaps. Assuming his troublesome wrist is healthy, that kind of playing time would make Vereen a high-upside RB2 even in standard formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 24 - 10:26 AM

Shane Vereen says his 2013 wrist fracture still isn't fully healed.

"It’s not going to feel great tomorrow, it’s not going to feel awful," he said. "It won’t be 100 percent probably for a while, but it’s good enough and I’m working on strengthening it and getting it back." The injury cost Vereen eight games and may have contributed to his whopping nine dropped passes, which have flown under the radar. Vereen's target numbers dipped sharply down the stretch.
Source: ESPN Boston
May 2 - 2:36 PM

Shane Vereen rushed four times for 34 yards and caught five balls for 59 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship game loss.

The Pats started in a split-back set with Vereen and FB James Develin -- not LeGarrette Blount -- behind Tom Brady. Vereen converted New England's first explosive play on a 24-yard missile from Brady late in the first quarter. He ripped off a second-quarter gain of 13 on a quick toss into the flat, and 12 more on a fourth-down play in the final quarter. Although Vereen's per-game efficiency turned out well in his first season as a primary component of New England's offense, he missed eight games with a broken wrist and his involvement took a late-season hit as the Patriots played more run-minded offense. Vereen, 25 in May, will still return as a recommended RB2/flex pick in 2014 PPR leagues.
Jan 19 - 6:10 PM

Shane Vereen (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

It's an upgrade from Wednesday, when Vereen was listed as limited. After being held to just seven touches and 23 snaps in last week's Divisional Round win, Vereen should have a bigger role on Sunday in what figures to be a high-scoring AFC Championship Game.
Jan 16 - 4:34 PM

Shane Vereen (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It's not a concern for Vereen's status after he escaped last week's Divisional Round win without further injury. With the Pats far more likely to adopt a throwing mindset in Denver, Vereen should be in for more snaps and touches than he was against the Colts. Vereen was limited to seven touches and 23 snaps as the Pats used "big backs" LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley to gash Indy on the ground. That formula likely won't fly in what figures to be a typical Peyton Manning/Tom Brady shootout.
Jan 15 - 4:23 PM

Shane Vereen played on just 24-of-73 snaps (32.8 percent) in Saturday's win over the Colts.

LeGarrette Blount led Patriots running backs with 26 snaps, while Stevan Ridley filled out the committee with 23. Vereen's meager seven touches were disappointing, but that's what happens when the Patriots are nursing a lead and their big backs are gashing the defense for 5.73 yards per carry. Vereen should have a bigger role, especially as a receiver, in the AFC Championship Game. The potential absences of Kenbrell Thompkins (head) and Broncos slot CB Chris Harris (knee) would give him a boost.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 13 - 11:30 AM

Shane Vereen rushed five times for 17 yards in New England's Divisional Round win over the Colts, adding two catches for 16 yards.

Vereen could have had a bigger night as a receiver, but committed his customary wheel-route drop, and failed to haul in another catchable pass. He secured only 2-of-6 targets. Regardless, the Pats will have to keep leaning on Vereen as a receiver for the AFC Championship Game, particularly if Kenbrell Thompkins can't go.
Jan 12 - 12:40 AM

Shane Vereen (groin) is active for Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Colts.

As is Kenbrell Thompkins (hip). Vereen played through his groin issue in Week 17, and is ready to roll in rain-soaked New England. Inactive for the Patriots are WR Aaron Dobson, OG Chris Barker, DE Jake Bequette, LB Steve Beauharnais, DB Justin Green, DT Isaac Sopoaga and TE D.J. Williams.
Jan 11 - 6:48 PM

Shane Vereen is listed as probable for the Divisional Round.

He practiced on a limited basis early in the week, but returned to a full workout on Friday and will be in the lineup against Indianapolis. The Patriots deemphasized Vereen's late-season role in favor of a smash-mouth attack featuring LeGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley. If Bill Belichick sees matchups in the Colts' defense he can exploit with Vereen, however, that approach could easily change in New England's first playoff game.
Jan 10 - 5:09 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2James White
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski