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34 Shane Vereen RB
Height/Weight: 5-10/205 | Birthdate: 3/2/1989 | Birthplace: Valencia, CA, USA | Team: New England | College: California | NFL Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 98/57 | Average Draft Position: 45.30
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Patriots RB Shane Vereen racks up 60 yards of total offense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen posted 60 yards of total offense in his team's 34-9 victory over the Lions in Week 12.

On the opening drive of the third quarter, Vereen came down with a 17-yard reception and on the following play, ripped a 9-yard run -- his longest gains of the day. He carried the ball eight times for 12 yards. He also caught eight of nine targets for 48 yards. He has 353 receiving yards on the year.

The Patriots will face the Packers in Week 13.


Patriots RB Shane Vereen totals 77 yards in Week 11 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen gained 18 yards on his only carry Sunday while catching all four of his targets for 59 yards in his team's 42-20 win over the Colts in Week 11.

Vereen was soundly usurped by Jonas Gray (38 carries, 199 yards, four TDs) in the running game but continued to contribute as a passing-game weapon. His previous low in carries this season was five. Vereen has still racked up 633 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games going into next Sunday's Week 12 matchup with the Lions.


Patriots RB Shane Vereen limited, but finds end zone


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited Week 9, but still managed to find the end zone.

Vereen gained just 29 rushing yards on 11 carries. He received more of an even split with Jonas Gray after being marginalized last week, though it didn't really matter. Vereen did manage to make an impact in the passing game. He hauled in five receptions for 38 yards and a score. 

Vereen is on a bye Week 10.


Shane Vereen getting more looks near the goal-line


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen had little success in the running game in Week 9, but continued to show he can be a dangerous option out of the backfield in a 43-21 win over the Broncos.

Vereen was held to just 29 rushing yards on 11 carries, his third game with fewer than 30 rushing yards in four opportunities. However, he hauled in five passes in the game for 38 yards and scored on a 5-yard reception from Tom Brady in the second quarter, his third receiving touchdown in as many games.

Though he averages 4.5 yards per carry, it is clear the Patriots simply don't view Vereen as a No. 1 running back. His value comes from his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, so it is a good thing Brady is starting to look his way near the end zone. He should be viewed as a solid Fantasy option, though clearly a step up in PPR formats once the team returns from it's Week 10 bye. 


Shane Vereen a better choice than Jonas Gray


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/29/2014) By giving the previously unknown Jonas Gray 17 carries for 86 yards Week 8 against Chicago, the Patriots revealed that they'll stick with a two-man backfield even with preferred rusher Stevan Ridley out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL.

But Week 9 against Denver might be a better matchup for preferred receiver Shane Vereen, who also thrived in Week 7 against the Jets. The Broncos, like the Jets, have done a good job stopping the run this season. They rank No. 1, in fact, allowing 72.4 yards per game.

Plus, the Patriots will most likely have to throw more than usual just to keep up with the league's highest-scoring team. These days, a team's only real choice against Peyton Manning is to beat him at his own game.

So most likely, Gray will spend much of Week 9 on the sidelines while Vereen spends much of it in the backfield. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Vereen among their top 20 running backs for this week.


Jonas Gray makes Shane Vereen owners pay


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) If you own Patriots running back Shane Vereen, you were probably excited to start him after his two-touchdown performance last week. And you had every reason to be. He was even the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for his matchup against the Bears.

But unfortunately, the one thing that could ruin him in Week 8 (other than injury, of course) came to fruition. The ever-clever Patriots out-clevered everyone again, deciding that a more traditional running back -- specifically, the heretofore unknown Jonas Gray -- would be a better fit for their game plan. He did fine, rushing for 86 yards on 17 carries, so you can't really fault the Patriots. But dang, a little heads-up would have been nice.

But of course, Bill Belichick wouldn't be Bill Belichick if he gave heads-ups to the media, and he's been around long enough for us to know what getting with him and the Patriots offense. They've always liked to mix and match at running back. Losing their preferred option doesn't change anything.

So is Vereen still valuable in Fantasy? Sure, in PPR leagues and as an every-now-and-then play in standard leagues. But now that Gray appears to have the Stevan Ridley role, you could argue he's just as valuable.


Patriots RB Shane Vereen doesn't play a big role Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen took a backseat Week 8 against the Bears.

Vereen received just five carries, gaining 22 yards on the ground. He was overshadowed by Jonas Gray, who wound up carrying the ball 17 times during the contest. Vereen was still a threat in the passing game, hauling in three balls for 23 yards. 

Vereen will look for more Week 9 against the Broncos. 


Patriots RB Shane Vereen good to go Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen is active Week 8 against the Bears.

Vereen missed practice Friday due to an illness, but has recovered enough to play Sunday. With Stevan Ridley out, Vereen is expected to receive the bulk of the carries against Chicago.


Patriots to have most of their questionable players Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) The Patriots should have most of their questionable players available Week 8.

Dan Connolly, Dominique Easley, Matthew Slater, Bryan Stork and Shane Vereen are all active for the contest. Both Connolly and Stork have been dealing with concussions, but will attempt to play. 


Report: Patriots RB Shane Vereen expected to play Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was spotted at Gillette Stadium Saturday as the team went through its walk-through preparation for Sunday's game against the Bears. Vereen, who was added to the injury report Friday because of an illness, is expected to play Week 8, according to ESPN. 

Vereen is coming off his best performance of the season, scoring twice and registering 114 yards of total offensive in a Week 7 victory over the Jets.


Report: Patriots RB Shane Vereen expected to go Week 8


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/25/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen is expected to play Week 8 against the Bears.

Vereen missed Friday's practice due to an illness, and is considered questionable for Sunday's game. Despite the illness, it would be a surprise if Vereen did not play, according to the report. Vereen scored two touchdowns Week 7 against the Jets. 


Patriots add Vereen to final injury report for Chicago game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Patriots listed 13 players on their final injury report for their Week 8 home game against Chicago. Chandler Jones (hip) is the only player on the list to be ruled out for the game.

Shane Vereen was a late addition to the report because of an illness. He missed practice Friday and was labeled questionable. Dan Connolly (concussion), Dominique Easley (shoulder, knee), Nate Ebner (finger), Cameron Fleming (finger), Matthew Slater (shoulder) and Bryan Stork (concussion) were deemed questionable.

Meanwhile, Tom Brady (ankle), Brandon Browner (ankle), Jamie Collins (thigh), Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Devin McCourty (rib) were all full participants in Friday's practice session and officially ruled probable for Sunday.


Patriots RB Shane Vereen listed questionable due to illness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) Patriots running back Shane Vereen was a late adition to the injury report due to an illness. He was officially ruled as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, the Boston Globe reports. Vereen was unable to practice Friday because of the ailment. He's coming off a two-touchdown performance in Week 7 against the Jets.

If he is unable to play on Sunday, the team will likely turn to Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and James White to shoulder the load.


Patriots RB Shane Vereen not practicing Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) 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.