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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 (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 13 after another limited practice on Friday.
Despite the questionable tag, Vereen is fully expected to play in Sunday at Lambeau Field. He'll be a low-floor, high-ceiling RB2/flex against the Pack. Nov 28 - 4:10 PM

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

Despite losing goal-line carries to LeGarrette Blount last week, Vereen still led the backfield with 62 snaps. He'll be an RB2/FLEX option for Sunday's matchup with Green Bay.
Nov 26 - 4:53 PM

Shane Vereen rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught eight passes for 48 yards in the Patriots' Week 12 win over Detroit.

The Patriots played spread offense one week after gashing Indianapolis with a power running game. Vereen was the primary back, playing 62 snaps to LeGarrette Blount's 17. Jonas Gray didn't even play a down. Blount is getting goal-line carries now in New England's offense, which curbs Vereen's fantasy upside. Vereen is still highly active in the passing game, solidifying his PPR stock. Vereen will be an RB2/flex option in Week 13 at Green Bay.
Nov 23 - 4:29 PM

Shane Vereen caught four passes for 58 yards in Sunday night's Week 11 win over the Colts.

He added one carry for 18 yards. Vereen's role was reduced this week, and he lost all early-down work to Jonas Gray. The Patriots still used him in the short passing game, with Vereen finishing behind only Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski in targets. Gray played over Vereen in goal-line situations, and should continue to get the majority of carries. Vereen will be a game-flow dependent RB3 in Week 12.
Nov 17 - 12:52 AM

Shane Vereen rushed 11 times for 29 yards in New England's Week 9 throttling of the Broncos, adding five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown.

Vereen heavily out-snapped Jonas Gray, but got out-carried 12-11. Either way, he was clearly the Pats' No. 1 back, while the receiving score was his third in as many games. True to form, Vereen also committed a drop, but he did his job on his 16 touches. Vereen should be in for similar usage when the Pats come off their Week 10 bye to take on the Colts in what will undoubtedly be a points parade.
Nov 2 - 8:31 PM

Shane Vereen rushed five times for 22 yards in New England's Week 8 win over the Bears, adding three receptions for 23 yards.

One week after having the Patriots' backfield all to himself, Vereen ceded between-the-tackles duties to Jonas Gray, who racked up 17 carries. A supremely frustrating development, though Vereen drew five looks inside the Bears' 12-yard line, and failed to turn any of them into scores. Two of Vereen's failed touchdown opportunities were carries inside the two-yard line. The Pats gave Vereen the chance to reward fantasy owners, he just didn't execute. With the Pats' running-back attacks game-plan specific, Vereen should still out-touch Gray in games going forward, but he's going to be a boom-or-bust RB2.
Oct 26 - 5:54 PM

Shane Vereen (illness) is active for Week 8 against the Bears.

Vereen gave owners a scare when he missed Friday's practice, but he was never in danger of missing Sunday's game. He'll be an RB2 against the Bears' improved run defense. Inactive for the Patriots are DE Chandler Jones, WR Aaron Dobson, S Nate Ebner, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, OL Cameron Fleming and OL Chris Barker.
Oct 26 - 11:36 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Shane Vereen (illness) will play Week 8 against the Bears.

Vereen missed Friday's practice after he came down with something. He'll be fine and play his normal role Sunday. He's locked in as a solid RB2.
Oct 26 - 8:35 AM

ESPN Boston says it would be a surprise if Shane Vereen (illness) doesn't play in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Vereen was under the weather and sat out Friday's practice. It shouldn't affect his role in a fine matchup at home Sunday. Vereen, who played on a career-high 80 percent of the snaps in the first game after Stevan Ridley's season-ending knee injury, is RB2 even in non-PPR formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Oct 24 - 11:45 PM

Shane Vereen is listed as questionable for Week 8 against the Bears after missing Friday's practice with an illness.

Twitter freaked out when Vereen wasn't seen at Friday's practice, but players often miss practice with illnesses and are all systems go on game days. Check back Sunday for updates, but Vereen's outlook shouldn't have changed.
Oct 24 - 4:13 PM

Operating as the Patriots' clear lead back, Shane Vereen rushed 12 times for 47 yards in New England's Week 7 win over the Jets, adding five catches for 71 yards and two touchdowns.

Vereen's 17 touches were 14 more than Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden combined. He notched a four-yard rush on New England's first play from scrimmage, and got free for a 49-yard touchdown reception just three plays later. Vereen streaked down the sideline, schooling Antonio Allen to get himself wide open. Vereen's second score was a three-yard grab where he ran circles around Jets LB Demario Davis in the end zone. Most encouragingly, it was Vereen, and not New England's "big back" duo, who was called on to help kill the clock in the fourth quarter. As we've learned the hard way from coach Bill Belichick, there's no way to count on that kind of usage going forward, but Vereen will be a top 15-16 option for Week 8 when the Pats host the Bears.
Oct 16 - 11:51 PM

Shane Vereen had five carries for four yards in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Bills.

He added one catch for three yards. The Patriots went pass-heavy against Buffalo, but Vereen was only targeted three times. He had just two second-half carries despite Stevan Ridley leaving in the third quarter with a knee injury. Vereen should see an increase in touches with Ridley likely to miss extended time, but Brandon Bolden projects as Patriots' early down back. Vereen is averaging just seven carries per game.
Oct 12 - 5:29 PM

Shane Vereen rushed nine times for 90 yards in Sunday night's Week 5 win over the Bengals, adding 18 yards on three catches.

Vereen saw fewer touches than Stevan Ridley after leading the Patriots' backfield last week. He wasn't needed with New England in clock-killing mode during the second half. Vereen still managed to be effective despite his limited carries, and secured all three of his targets in the pass game. He'll remain a volume-dependent RB3 in Week 6 against the Bills.
Oct 6 - 12:27 AM

Shane Vereen rushed for 26 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, adding 41 yards on five catches.

Vereen saw the bulk of the work in the backfield with the Patriots getting blown out and in pass-first mode. Unfortunately, he didn't do much with his touches, turning in a long gain of nine yards. Through four games, Vereen is on pace for 860 total yards and eight touchdowns. Expectations were higher heading into the season. Vereen will be a touch-dependent RB3 next week vs. Cincinnati.
Sep 30 - 12:12 AM

Shane Vereen is absent from the Week 4 injury report.

Vereen was "limited" with a shoulder issue last week. Off to a slow start this season, Vereen is a boom-or-bust RB2 for Monday night's showdown with the Chiefs.
Sep 25 - 5:45 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Jimmy Garoppolo
RB1Shane Vereen
2LeGarrette Blount
3Jonas Gray
4Brandon Bolden
5James White
GLB1LeGarrette Blount
2Shane Vereen
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Brandon Bolden
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Danny Amendola
3Brian Tyms
WR21Brandon LaFell
2Aaron Dobson
WR31Danny Amendola
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Michael Hoomanawanui
3Tim Wright
K1Stephen Gostkowski