Shane Vereen RB NYG 3 months ago1 Comment

Vereen could have a larger role than initially expected due to his prowess in pass protection, ESPN's Dan Graziano reports.

With LT William Beatty (pectoral) out for five-to-six months, the Giants may place a greater emphasis on the pass-protection skills of their running backs. Vereen still has plenty of competition for snaps and touches, but his reputation as a receiver and blocker makes him the favorite to get most of the playing time on passing downs. Rashad Jennings, who is expected to get most of the early-down work, is a capable third-down back but not on Vereen's level. Andre Williams has the size to be an asset in pass protection, but his poor hands and lack of speed make him entirely nonthreatening as a receiver.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 6 months ago1 Comment

Vereen has reached an agreement with the Giants, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports reports.

Rashad Jennings did a nice job on passing downs last season, but the Giants apparently want more of a receiving threat for the role. Jennings' injury history may also be a factor, especially with backup running back Andre Williams offering very little as a receiver. The move to New York probably won't do much for Vereen's fantasy value, as the Giants have a strong wideout group of Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle, along with a backfield that already includes Jennings and Williams. Vereen probably won't get many carries, and there will be plenty of competition for targets.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 7 months ago

Vereen caught 11-of-12 targets for 64 yards, adding four carries for 13 yards, in Sunday's 28-24 Super Bowl win over the Seahawks.

Facing the vaunted Seattle defensive backfield, the Patriots opted for a gameplan heavy on short passes, playing right into Vereen's hands. The team had a somewhat similar gameplan against the Ravens a few weeks back, but the matchup with Baltimore dictated targeting a weak cornerback group. Sunday evening, New England largely focused on Vereen and receivers running routes from the slot, while LeGarrette Blount had a modest 14-40-0 rushing line. Vereen can become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but a new contract with the Patriots probably makes sense for both parties. While his week-to-week production is highly variable, Vereen has a combination of receiving and pass-blocking skills that the Patriots covet. If he's back in New England, Vereen will be paired with an early-down power back, possibly Blount.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 7 months ago

Vereen carried once for two yards and caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's 45-7 win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

Meanwhile, fellow RB LeGarrette Blount carried 30 times for 148 yards in the game, with three TDs. Look for Blount to continue to head the Patriots' rushing attack in Super Bowl XLIX, with Vereen on track to continue to work in a change-of-pace role.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 8 months ago

Vereen, who appeared to take a hard hit to the helmet in the fourth quarter of this past Saturday's win over the Ravens, is not listed on the Patriots' injury report in advance of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts.

In a game where Patriots' running backs accounted for just seven carries, Vereen ran just once for six yards last Saturday, while catching four passes for 39 yards. While we'd expect the team to run more on Sunday, with LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and perhaps Jonas Gray also in the team's backfield mix, Vereen remains best suited to help out those in PPR formats.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 8 months ago

Vereen, who ran twice for one yard and caught three passes for 14 yards in Sunday's regular season finale, was on the field for 28-of-67 snaps on offense in the contest, ESPN.com reports.

As the playoffs approach, Vereen slots in as a change-of-pace option in a New England backfield that also includes power backs LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray, along with Brandon Bolden in reserve. It's a key role in the team's offense, but in the 2014 campaign, it led to somewhat disappointing fantasy numbers, based on preseason expectations. Overall, Vereen carried 96 times for 391 yards and two TDs, while catching 52 passes for 447 yards and three TDs in 16 games. The fourth-year running back is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and it's unclear how aggressive the Patriots will be in retaining him, especially with rookie James White waiting in the wings.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 8 months ago

Vereen (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Bills.

With Jonas Gray inactive for the contest, the Patriots will roll with a Week 17 backfield comprised of Vereen, LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and James White. Neither are high-percentage bets in Sunday fantasy lineups, though with the Patriots having nothing to gain, seeding wise, this week, it's plausible that White could see some of the snaps on offense normally allocated to Vereen.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 8 months ago

Vereen (ankle) is one of 15 players listed as questionable by the Patriots for Sunday's game against the Bills, the team's official site reports.

While we'd expect Vereen to suit up Sunday, with the Patriots having clinched the top playoff seed in the AFC, it's tough to predict how the Patriots (who will be without RB Jonas Gray on Sunday) will divide up their Week 17 carries. Assuming he is active Sunday, Vereen thus remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 8 months ago

Vereen (ankle) was one of 15 players listed as limited at practice by the Patriots on Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.

More on Vereen's status as the week continues, though with no reported setbacks in Week 16, we suspect that he'll be healthy enough to suit up Sunday against the Bills, though it's a game with no playoff seeding implications for the Patriots.

Shane Vereen RB NYG 8 months ago

Vereen (ankle) carried six times for 38 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.

Meanwhile, Jonas Gray carried six times for five yards and a TD, while Brandon Bolden carried five times for 32 yards in the game. With LeGarrette Blount out, the Patriots went with a committee approach on Sunday, with Vereen's modest impact in the passing game of late continuing to hamper his fantasy upside.