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Shane Vereen | Running Back

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: California
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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. May 24 - 10:26 AM
Source: ESPN Boston

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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

Shane Vereen (groin) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

The Pats are just managing Vereen's reps ahead of Saturday's Wild Card game. Vereen will be good to go against the Colts, and likely lead New England's backfield in touches.
Jan 9 - 3:51 PM

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

Vereen was active for Week 17 and amassed 45 yards and a touchdown on five touches. He'll be ready to roll as the passing-down back against the Colts.
Jan 8 - 5:32 PM

Shane Vereen rushed twice for three yards in New England's Week 17 win over the Bills, adding three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown.

Although the touchdown looks nice, Vereen actually had a rocky game, committing a fumble. The Pats recovered that, but Vereen's fourth-quarter drop turned into a Tom Brady "interception." Regardless, the Pats stuck with Vereen after his cough up, and he'll remain a huge part of the team's passing game heading into the Divisional Round. Vereen ends his injury-shortened regular season with 47 catches for 427 yards and four total touchdowns across eight games.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 08:36:00 PM

Shane Vereen (groin) is active for Week 17 against the Bills.

As is LT Nate Solder (concussion). It's possible Vereen will be on a snap count, but he's still the best fantasy bet in the Patriots' backfield. It's unlikely the Pats would risk further injury if they were worried about Vereen's status. Inactive for the Patriots are DE Jake Bequette, OL Chris Barker, DT Isaac Sopoaga, CB Alfonzo Dennard, S Devin McCourty, LB Steve Beauharnais and WR Josh Boyce.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 02:55:00 PM

ESPN Boston projects Shane Vereen (groin) as one of the Patriots' Week 17 inactives.

Vereen exited last week's game against the Ravens with the groin injury and practiced on a limited basis all week. Quite possibly the team's top beat writer, Mike Reiss believes Vereen would be ready to play if it was the playoffs. But Reiss thinks there's a chance Vereen could be held out this week as a "precaution." The Bills and Patriots don't kick off until 4:25 PM ET. We likely won't know Vereen's status before 3 PM.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 11:21:00 AM

Shane Vereen (groin, questionable) was limited in Friday's practice.

Vereen is shaping up as a game-time decision. He practiced on a limited basis every day this week, although the Patriots are deceptive and then some on weekly injury reports. We don't expect to have a strong feel for Vereen's Week 17 availability against Buffalo until an hour before the game starts.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 03:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Ryan Mallett
3Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
3James White
4Brandon Bolden
5Stephen Houston
GLB1Stevan Ridley
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Stevan Ridley
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Josh Boyce
4Matt Slater
5Wilson Van Hooser
WR21Aaron Dobson
2Brandon LaFell
3Kenbrell Thompkins
4Jeremy Gallon
5Reese Wiggins
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3D.J. Williams
4Justin Jones
5Asa Watson
K1Stephen Gostkowski