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34 Shane Vereen RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/205 | Birthdate: 5/2/1989 | Birthplace: Valencia, CA, USA | Team: New England | College: California | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 99/85 | Average Draft Position: 45.30
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Patriots RB Shane Vereen not practicing Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was absent from practice Friday for unknown reasons, per ESPN. He was not listed in their previous injury reports and had participated in the team's three previous sessions this week in preparation for the Week 8 game against Chicago.

Vereen, who dealt with a shoulder issue early in the season, is coming off his most productive game of 2014. He rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and added five catches for 71 yards and his first two receiving touchdowns of the year in Week 7 against the Jets.


Brady will 'continue to find ways' to get Shane Vereen touches


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen stepped up in a big way Week 7 against the Jets, which was the team's first game without running back Stevan Ridley, who sustained a season-ending knee injury Week 6. Vereen totaled 114 yards (71 receiving) and two touchdowns in a 27-25 win.

Quarterback Tom Brady seems confident Vereen will be able to continue to be a steady presence on offense, per ESPN.

"Yeah, he’s done such a great job for us over the time that he’s been here," Brady said. "I think dependability really sums it up, and he’s really an explosive player for us, too. It’s just trying to continue to find ways to get him the ball because he does a lot of great things when it’s in his hands."


Patriots' running back situation mostly clear


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/21/2014) Forget about Brandon Bolden. The Patriots' use of him against the Jets in Week 7 -- he played only one snap -- pretty much tells the story there. Granted, they've had their share of about-faces at the running back spot over the last few years, so I wouldn't dare claim to know what they're thinking, but if they've decided their next-best choice at the position is Jonas Gray, who at least saw the field for 11 plays Thursday, it's pretty clear what direction they intend to go, right?

With that in mind, I cautiously, carefully and with a preemptive tinge of regret plan to start Shane Vereen Week 8 against Chicago and hopefully every week thereafter. Yes, he played 80 percent of the snaps in Week 7, and yes, he scored two touchdowns. But you'll notice both of them came through the air. True, he also got more than two-thirds of the Patriots' carries, but I can't help but wonder if in a different matchup, one that encouraged them to pound the ball instead of rushing just 15 times as a team, they would have been more creative. That would work to Vereen's detriment, obviously.

For more of my biggest takeaways from Week 7, be sure to check out my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog.


Patriots address decision to add RB Jonas Gray to active roster


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Patriots coach Bill Belichick addressed the decision to promote running back Jonas Gray from the practice squad and the opportunity that he'll get moving forward with Stevan Ridley out for the remainder of the season, per ESPN.

Gray was added to the live rosters hours before Week 7 against the Jets and emerged as the team's second option behind Shane Vereen on Thursday night. He rushed for 12 yards on three carries.

"I think Jonas has been solid for us all the way through preseason," Belichick said. "He's done a good job in practice and got an opportunity last night -- not a lot of opportunities -- but he had some blitz pickup opportunities and a few carries. He works hard and he's a tough kid, a bigger back obviously -- more in the Ridley size range."

Belichick would not indicate whether Gray would be used as the team's second option in the ground game moving forward.


Patriots' Shane Vereen thrives Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen had a big game Thursday against the Jets.

With Stevan Ridley out, Vereen got a chance to show off his skills as the primary ball-carrier. Vereen turned in an average performance as a runner, picking up 43 yards on 11 carries. He really showed off his abilities as a pass-catcher. On the first drive of the game, Vereen snagged a 49 yard touchdown reception from Tom Brady. The two would hook up again later in the contest on a 3 yard touchdown. Vereen led the team with 71 receiving yards.

Vereen will look for more Week 8 against the Bears. 


Shane Vereen not an automatic start


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) The Patriots' Shane Vereen may seem like a strong candidate for a midseason breakout now that Stevan Ridley is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL, but it's not like he suddenly has all the carries to himself.

As I point out in my latest post to the Fantasy Football Today blog highlighting some of the biggest takeaways from Week 6, Brandon Bolden didn't touch the ball against the Bills until the fourth quarter, after Ridley left, and yet he still finished with more carries than Vereen. That's a pretty strong tell, I think. Vereen has his role in the Patriots offense, catching passes out of the backfield and getting the occasional change-of-pace carry, but the Patriots still want a grinder back there.

Though Bolden lacks experience, he's had success when he's gotten extensive playing time in the past. In the three games in which he's gotten double-digit carries in his career, he's averaged 5.8 yards per carry. He had 137 yards on a career-high 16 carries back in 2012.

Of course, he's no Ridley, and Vereen will probably get a larger share of the carries just because of that. But I'm guessing he won't get the majority, which makes me hesitant to start him Week 7 against the Jets.


Patriots RB Shane Vereen held to less than 10 yards Week 6


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen wasn't much of a factor during a 37-22 win Week 6 at Buffalo. He totaled just five carries for 4 yards and one catch for 3 yards.

Even after Stevan Ridley left late in the third quarter due to a knee injury, running back Brandon Bolden ended up getting more touches on offense than Vereen, who totaled a season-low 7 yards in the win and hasn't had a touchdown since Week 1.

The Patriots are back in action Thursday against the Jets.


Repeat may be tough for Patriots RBs


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Both Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen had big games Week 5 against the Bengals, who rank 27th against the run. They may not be so lucky Week 6 at Buffalo. The Bills rank second against the run, allowing 71.0 yards per game and 3.0 yards per carry, and have yet to surrender a touchdown to a running back this season.

Because the Bills are more vulnerable to the pass than the run, Jamey Eisenberg actually prefers Vereen to Ridley this week, though for my money, Vereen hasn't been productive enough as a pass-catcher this year for me to make that distinction. Ridley got three times as many carries as Vereen in Week 5 and was on the field for about 15 more plays, so if you're going to start one, Ridley is still the way to go.

I'm just not sure either is so advisable with this matchup. As Chris Towers pointed out earlier in the week, the way the Patriots use their two backs can vary drastically based on the way the game is going. If Ridley isn't a sure thing with a favorable matchup, surely he isn't for this one.

That doesn't mean he's an outright sit for me. Enough high-profile running backs have been lost to injuries the last couple weeks that he may still be your best bet. I just wouldn't go out of my way to start him based on last week's performance.


Who can predict the Patriots running game?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) The Patriots running back situation is easy to figure out after the fact, because the team's usage of their two-headed tandem is fairly predictable based on how the game is going. That doesn't mean this is an easy puzzle to solve, however.

For the third time in five games, Stevan Ridley rushed the ball 19-plus times Sunday against the Bengals, as he finished with 113 yards on 27 carries in Week 5. Predictably, that came during a comfortable 43-17 win, one in which the Patriots were basically in control throughout. That mirrors the situations in Week 2 and 3, the Patriots other two wins.

Ridley played 58 percent of the team's snaps, while Shane Vereen was on the field for 40 percent of the team's plays. Vereen was still productive, finishing with 12 touches for 108 all-purpose yards, but he clearly took a backseat as the Patriots opted to rely heavily on the running game. Predictably, Vereen's most productive games have come with the Patriots playing from behind, with the exception of Week 5.

The problem for Fantasy owners is it has been awfully hard to guess just how any given Patriots game will go. They won comfortably, as expected, against the Vikings, but barely squeaked out a win over the Raiders. They followed up a trouncing at the hands of the Chiefs by beating the Bengals soundly Sunday.

As it stands, both halves of this duo are tough to rely on at this point in the season. Both are certainly worth owning, but you are rolling the dice every time you put them into your starting lineup.


Shane Vereen gouges Bengals for 10 yards per carry


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen ripped off 90 yards on just 10 carries in Sunday night's blowout of Cincinnati. Vereen caught all three of his targets for 18 yards in going over 100 total yards for the first time this season.

Vereen, who had not broken 70 total yards since the opener, will try to keep it going Week 6 at Buffalo.


Patriots RB duo too tough to rely on


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) If the question before the season was, "Which Patriots running back do I want to rely on?" the answer through four games has been an emphatic, "Neither." The team's moribund offense has affect everyone involved, and Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley have been hit as hard as anyone.

Last season, the Patriots had one of the best running games in the league, and they augmented it with Vereen's pass-catching skills to create a tandem that was consistently useful for Fantasy owners. So far, however, Vereen and Ridley have just two double-digit Fantasy games between them, one each. And things aren't much better for Vereen in PPR leagues, where he has just one additional 10-plus-point effort.

The Patriots have one of the league's five-least productive offenses, as they are averaged just 298.5 yards per game, while scoring just 20.0 points per game. At this point, Fantasy owners probably cannot rely on either member of the Patriots backfield on a weekly basis, especially as long as they continue splitting time and work. 


Shane Vereen gets 13 touches


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) With the Patriots in comeback mode all night, running back Shane Vereen was on the field a lot in Kansas City. He ran eight times for 26 yards and caught all five of his targets for 41 yards.

Vereen established season highs in touches and receiving yards. He'll play Cincinnati on Sunday night.


Shane Vereen back to catching passes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) After going without a catch Week 2 at Minnesota, Patriots running back Shane Vereen came back with four Week 3 against Oakland. Unfortunately, he picked up just 17 yards on those four catches.

His six targets did tie him with tight end Rob Gronkowski for third-most on the team, however, and he also had seven carries for 20 yards. Wide receiver Julian Edelman remained quarterback Tom Brady's preferred target underneath or otherwise, catching 10 passes for 84 yards.

Vereen will look to solidify his role on offense Week 4 at Kansas City.


Shane Vereen good to go Sunday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen, who was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, is active for Week 3 against the Raiders. He was limited in practice all week by a shoulder injury.

Vereen is expected to share the workload with Stevan Ridley.


Quintet of Patriots deemed questionable for Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) The Patriots have deemed five players as questionable for their Sunday game against visiting Oakland. They are defensive lineman Michael Buchanan (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), running back Shane Vereen (shoulder) and offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee).

Listed as prorable are wide receiver Julian Edelman (back), tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee), offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee) and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga (hand).


Shane Vereen dealing with shoulder injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited in practice Wednesday.

Vereen is dealing with a shoulder injury. Vereen's status will likely be determined based on whether he's able to improve throughout the week. 


Shane Vereen totals just 40 yards in win


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) The Patriots didn't need to lean on Shane Vereen in their Week 2 game at the Vikings thanks to jumping out to a big lead. As such, he ended up with 40 yards on six carries along with a catch for no yards -- typical numbers for Vereen when the Patriots get up big and don't need to feature him in their passing attack.

Vereen might be in for more light work in Week 3 when the Raiders head to Foxboro. 


Shane Vereen plays 61 snaps, Stevan Ridley 21


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen dominated the backfield timeshare Week 1, playing 61 snaps to Stevan Ridley's 21 in the loss at Miami. Brandon Bolden played nine snaps, while rookie James White was a healthy scratch.

Vereen led the team with 36 yards on seven carries, cashing in a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He caught five passes for 35 yards. Ridley ran eight times for 21 yards and had two receptions for 7 yards.


Shane Vereen finds the end zone in opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen had a solid all-around performance in Week 1, a 33-20 loss to the Dolphins Sunday.

Vereen was a contrubitor in both the rushing as well as the passing game, as he actually led the team in rushing yards with 36 on seven carries. He scored a 2-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and added five receptions for 35 yards through the air.

Vereen filled his expected role in Week 1, and will look to do so again in Week 2 against the Vikings next Sunday. 


Shane Vereen looking to change history vs. Miami


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited to just eight games a year ago, but he enters Week 1 against the Dolphins healthy, looking to make up for a lackluster showing against the divisional rivals a year ago.

Vereen was almost a non-factor in Miami's 24-20 win over the Patriots in Week 15 last season, as he caught just three passes for 8 yards while rushing twice for 13. That was a disappointing showing against a middle-of-the-road defensive unit, but Vereen has actually struggling to find much room to operate against the Dolphins in his career, racking up just 65 yards through the ground and 8 yards through the air in three career games.

The Dolphins allowed just two touchdowns through the air to opposing running backs a year ago, and only one touchdown total over the final seven games of the season. History is not on Vereen's side for a big game in Week 1, but he should still get enough looks in the offense to be a solid No. 2 Fantasy option to open the season. 


Shane Vereen strikes twice in exhibition tuneup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen found the end zone twice during Friday’s preseason game against the Panthers.

Vereen caught a short pass on a wheel route and took it 40 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. He then caught a short 6-yard pass from Tom Brady for a touchdown in the third quarter. He worked into the third quarter and finished with 75 yards of total offense. He took six handoffs for 18 yards and caught five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns.

Shane Vereen limited to two grabs in second preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/15/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited to only two catches during Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Vereen caught a short pass for a gain of 12 yards and on the next play, he caught a screen pass for a gain of 9 yards. He was targeted twice and finished with 21 receiving yards. He did not receive a carry.

James White to get 'significant' work on all three downs


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Patriots rookie running back James White "has opened eyes with how many quality reps he's getting and looks like he’ll be a significant part of the team’s attack -- on all three downs," reports ESPN.com. It's the latest in an avalance of positive reports about White, who's expected to cut into the workloads of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.

How might the Patriots RBs shake out?


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/24/2014) Stevan Ridley led all Patriots running backs in snaps played the last two seasons, but ESPN believes that nothing will be handed to him and he'll have to earn his keep this year. Additionally, ESPN thinks Ridley would not have led the backs in snaps had Shane Vereen stayed healthy for a full season. Vereen played nearly as many snaps as Ridley as it were. 

The belief from ESPN's Mike Reiss is that there will be a tandem situation "if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen."

Behind Ridley and Vereen are Brandon Bolden and rookie James White. Either one of them could earn decent playing time with a strong training camp and/or turnover issues from Ridley or Vereen. 

 


Patriots select RB James White in Round 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2014) With the 130th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected running back James White from Wisconsin.

White spent his first three seasons at Wisconsin behind Montee Ball. When he took over in 2013, he amassed for 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns on the ground. He also posted 39 receptions for 300 yards and two scores in the passing game. He will likely battle for the third -string spot behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen.