Posts Tagged ‘Shane Vereen’

Without the Football: Exploring the Presence of Patriots Halfback Shane Vereen

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
In a 33-20 defeat, Shane Vereen left an impact on the Dolphins defense. (Steve Mitchell - USA Today Sports Images)

In Sunday’s 33-20 loss, Shane Vereen left an imprint on the Dolphins defense. His seven carries and five catches were only part of why. (Steve Mitchell – USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

There’s something to be said for dictating an opponent’s movements. Shane Vereen’s utilization has helped him do so.

That was on display Sunday, as the New England Patriots opened up the 2014 season against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The 5’10”, 205-pound running back caught five passes for 35 yards, and he handled seven carries for 36 yards and a goal-line touchdown as well.

But Vereen’s impact in a 33-20 defeat was about more than what he did with the football. Over his 53 snaps, it was often about what he did without it.

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Patriots’ State of the Backfield: 2014 and Beyond

Friday, August 15th, 2014
Shane Vereen

Is this Shane Vereen’s last year in New England? (USA Today Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: CJ Sousa

What qualities do the Patriots care about most in a running back?  

Is it the ability to pick up a blitz? Or what about the obvious speed, vision, power, and ball security?  All of those may be in play, but if you look at it from a front office standpoint it seems to be all about the almighty dollar.  

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Personnel Mismatch: The Week 11 Return of Patriots Halfback Shane Vereen

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Third-year running back Shane Vereen reemerged against the Carolina Panthers on Monday night. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

The New England Patriots’ Week 11 loss to the Carolina Panthers ended in controversy, 24-20. But there was nothing controversial about the difference third-year halfback Shane Vereen made in his return from short-term injured reserve.

The 2011 second-round draft pick was promoted to the 53-man roster Monday afternoon after missing the last eight games with a broken wrist, suffered during a 159-yard all-purpose performance in Week 1. Yet while Vereen was reportedly in line to be “eased” back, his role in the primetime battle in Charlotte, N.C., proved to be far less gradual.

It was like he never left.

The 5’10”, 205-pound California Golden Bear was on the field as early as New England’s second offensive play and as late as the final play, tallying 34 snaps. Over that span, he was used in pass protection and took only one seven-yard handoff from quarterback Tom Brady. The ball-carrier’s value, however, was demonstrated prominently under another title: receiver. (more…)


New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills: Week 1 Observations

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Shane Vereen helped keep New England alive after usurping Stevan Ridley as New England’s primary back. (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Editor: Matthew Jones

The New England Patriots were put to the test at Buffalo this afternoon, barely emerging victorious via a 23-21 margin in a game which went Buffalo’s way for quite some time. Read on for five key takeaways from the Patriots’ season opener.

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Tale of the Tape: First-Team Glance at Patriots’ Preseason Victory over Eagles

Saturday, August 10th, 2013

New England’s first-teamers left their mark on the field, and in the tape. (Photo: USA Today Sports Images.)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Despite a late surge, the New England Patriots managed to hold off the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-22, in the preseason opener. Yet for all intents and purposes, the final score was insignificant.

How individual players and personnel units fared was what carried weight.

Now like all exhibition contests, the Aug. 9 tilt was less so about the end result than it was about the performances that led to the end result. Cohesion is a work in progress at this point for the Patriots. And with a 90-man roster, the first-team offense and defense garnered a limited workload during Week 1 of the preseason.

But they still did garner a workload.

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Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley: The Symbiotic Patriots Backfield

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Why did Shane Vereen get passed on the depth chart by Brandon Bolden? (Photo: US Presswire)

NEPD Staff Writer: Oliver Thomas

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban once said, “Everything that Bill Belichick does has some purpose.”

That was precisely the case when the New England Patriots selected California running back Shane Vereen at pick 56, then Louisiana State running back Stevan Ridley at pick 73 of the 2011 NFL draft.

Two years later, we now know that double-dipping at halfback was not a redundant move for New England. Both men have served a purpose. Yet thus far, one has gotten more opportunities than the other. That man has been Ridley.

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Brandon Bolden Suspended for PED Use

Friday, November 9th, 2012

NEPD Staff Writer: Joon Lee

Running back Brandon Bolden has been suspended for PED use https://twitter.com/pfwpaul/status/267011031430217728“>according to Patriots Football Weekly’s Paul Perillo. The NFL has no disclosed which drug Bolden tested positive for. Bolden will be eligible to return to the team on December 3rd.

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