|Week 17 (BUF) - Average||6.0||29.5||0||3.0||24.5||0||4|
|Week 17 (BUF) - Dave Richard||8||37||0||3||28||0||5|
|Week 17 (BUF) - Jamey Eisenberg||4||22||0||3||21||0||4|
|2014 Season - Average||147.0||666.0||3.0||64.5||598.0||5.0||158|
|2014 Season - Dave Richard||150||655||2||56||534||5||145|
|2014 Season - Jamey Eisenberg||144||677||4||73||662||5||171|
|Current Player Ranking: 45|
|Red Zone Stats|
|14||21||2|| 16.3||11||5||20||2|| 14.7|
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Report: Patriots RB Shane Vereen looking for $5M per year
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(2/19/15) Whether the Patriots are able to hang onto running back Shane Vereen or not, it looks like his price tag is set.
According to a the Boston Herald, Vereen is looking for a contract worth $5 million per season. Vereen apparently prefers to stay in New England, though his current price tag might force the Patriots to let him walk when March 10 rolls around.
As a running back with a specialized role in New England's offense, Vereen ran for 391 yards and two touchdowns on 96 carries and caught 52 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns.
Patriots RB Vereen: 'Different ending' if Seahawks run Lynch
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(2/9/15) Much of the country had the same thought following the Seahawks' final offensive play against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. That was that if running back Marshawn Lynch was given the ball from inside the 1-yard line, the game and season's championship would have gone to Seattle.
Instead, the Seahawks ran a passing play which was picked off by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.
Appearing on the NFL Network's NFL AM on Monday, Patriots running back Shane Vereen admitted the outcome of what was a thrilling Super Bowl may have been different if Lynch got the ball in that moment.
"I think it's a different game, I think it's a different ending," Vereen said. "When I was on the sideline, and I saw where they had the ball in the situation, we were trying to get some plays together for the offense to try and get at least a field goal to tie the thing up. So my focus was mainly more on that, 'cause I definitely thought they were going to hand it to him and he was gonna punch it in."
Patriots running game does nothing win over Baltimore
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/10/15) Patriots running backs Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount were unable to get going in New England's 35-31 win over the Ravens Saturday.
Between the three, they total seven carries for 14 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady had the only rushing touchdown for the Patriots.
New England did not give a handoff to a running back in the second half.
Vereen had four catches for 39 yards and Bolden one catch for 11.
Patriots list lengthy injury report for final regular season game
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(12/26/14) The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.
The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).
Patriots' backfield remains an enigma
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(12/21/14) LeGarrette Blount was out for Week 16 at the Jets with a shoulder injury, which meant surely the Patriots would make Jonas Gray their go-to running back. After all, he had a 200-yard, four-touchdown game earlier this season and finally got out of coach Bill Belichick's doghouse with 11 carries for 62 yards last week.
Gray was the Patriots' only running back to score a touchdown in Week 16, plunging in from 1 yard out in the fourth quarter, but to say he was the go-to back would be disingenuous. He and Shane Vereen tied for the team lead in carries with six, but Brandon Bolden also had five. And Vereen and Bolden were both more productive with their carries, averaging 6.3 yards and 6.4 yards, respectively, than Gray was with his, averaging 0.8 yards.
And then there's the fact that Vereen is far and away the best pass-catcher of the three, but he was hardly involved in the passing game on a quiet day for quarterback Tom Brady.
So basically, you wouldn't have gone right with any of Blount's three replacements, and considering they were all equally involved, you have to wonder how they'll impact Blount's role if he returns Week 17 against Buffalo. Given that it's a tough matchup anyway, you might just want to avoid every Patriots running back.
|Shane Vereen was a breakout candidate in 2013, but a wrist injury in Week 1 derailed his campaign. When he returned in Week 11 he flashed his potential with at least nine Fantasy points in four of his final seven games with 40 catches over that span. In the game he was injured, the season-opener at Buffalo, he had 14 carries for 101 yards and seven catches for 58 yards. Stevan Ridley is expected to be the primary rusher for the Patriots, who also drafted James White in the NFL Draft to add a body to the backfield, but Vereen will be Tom Brady's safety valve, much in the same way Kevin Faulk and Danny Woodhead were prior to Vereen taking over the job last season. We consider Vereen a No. 2 Fantasy running back in standard leagues and a must-start option in PPR formats. If you project his stats over 16 games he would have finished with 88 carries for 408 yards and two touchdowns and 94 catches for 854 yards and six touchdowns. Those stats would have made Vereen a Top 15 Fantasy running back last year, and that's what he's capable of producing if he can stay healthy all season.
(Updated 5/8/14) |