Patriots' Camp Preview - X, Y or Z? Labels Mean Little To Enigmatic Receiving Corps

Bill Belichick is a leverage junkie.He is also a master tactician who believes strongly in a roster that is fundamentally sound, featuring an offensive attack so diverse that with it he can dictate to the opposing defense with such a level of efficiency that they have no choice but to defend the entire field and hope that quarterback Tom Brady makes a mistake...So imagine how he...
Via Foxborough Free Press
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Top 5 Backup RBs in Fantasy Football

Nowadays, it is more important than ever to have multiple RBs on both your fantasy football team, as well as your favorite NFL team. In fantasy, getting a backup RB late in drafts can be the reason you win your league. However, this is more prevalent in PPR leagues as Shane Vereen, Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles are more Wide Receiver than Running Back. On average all 3...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Patriots' Camp Preview - Running Back Competition Wide Open; Changes Certain

Editor's note:  The following article appeared originally as a contribution on Versatility.  It's a phrase that you'll hear mentioned around Gillette Stadium at times.And why not?  After all, it's scheme versatility amongst the "skill position" players that makes the New England Patriots' version of the Erhardt-Perkins...
Via Foxborough Free Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The rookie set to have an impact for the Patriots

Ridley and Vereen will be complimented nicely by rookie James White (Stephan Savoia AP)This year's draft was one for the future for the Patriots. With the selections of Jimmy Garoppolo, Byran Stork, Jon Halapio, and Cameron Fleming, most people would agree that their impact will come down the road. Some players like Jeremy Gallon, Jemea Thomas, and Zach Moore will have to prove...
Via Patriots Life
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Football: 3 New England Patriots to Draft

Do you hear that? That is the sweet sound of NFL fans rejoicing. Fantasy football season is finally upon us! If you’re anything like me, you take your virtual roster pretty seriously – and rightfully so. Whether you’re a fantasy veteran or just starting out, everyone has players that they will target in their respective drafts. Here is a brief look at three New England Patriots...
Via Pro Football Spot
6 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Need To Run To Succeed In 2014

New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) – Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports The New England Patriots have built an impressive running game, especially in the past two seasons, as Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen replaced the plodding BenJarvis Green-Ellis and the diminutive Danny Woodhead. The Patriots had already lost running back Green-Ellis to Cincinnati...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Camp Preview: Can Stevan Ridley Hold On To The Starting Job?

So I know LeBron just signed his deal to get back to Cleveland and everything, but listen to me for a second because I have way more exciting news: football season is almost here! Alright maybe that isn’t news per se, but with training camp around the corner, we here at Cover32 New England have taken it upon ourselves to prepare you for the crescendo to the regular season with...
Via cover32 - Patriots
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Who Are Poised to Have Big Years in Fantasy

With actual NFL football less than one month away, and few offseason speculations left to make, I thought I would take the time to combine my love for the New England Patriots with my love for fantasy football.Since there’s still plenty of time for those who are making their own draft sheets, I’m going to focus this on a couple of undervalued Patriots. “Undervalued,” in that...
Via TopSportsReport
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Roster Talk: Patriots Running Backs

The New England Patriots have an offense built around Tom Brady and the passing attack, that is no secret. Yet the key to building a championship caliber team generally means having the ability to run the ball and have some balance. The Patriots will look to strike the perfect balance in 2014, bringing eight running backs into Training Camp. The stable of running backs returns 4th...
Via Pro Football Spot
12 days ago  |  Discuss

How Much Will the Patriots Miss LeGarrette Blount in 2014?

With LeGarrette Blount in Pittsburgh after signing a 2 year/$3.5 Million dollar deal, it is clear that the Patriots backfield has some serious issues that must be addressed before the 2014 season begins. Many fans questioned why Coach Belichick would trade future high round draft picks for a washed up, overweight running back named LeGarette Blount in 2013, but trust me, Belichick...
Via TopSportsReport
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: New England Patriots join the World Cup frenzy

With the United States knockout game against Belgium set to take place later today, all of America is ready to watch some football… I mean futbol. The New England Patriot players are no different. Here are some of the World Cup reactions from current and former Pats. Let’s get those 3 points today boyyyys @ussoccer @SportsCenter #USA #beatportugal #IBelieveSC
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Can the Patriots Repeat a Dominant Season on the Ground?

#452550801 / After years of inconsistency, the New England Patriots finally established a dominating run game last season. The Pats finished the regular season 9th in rushing yards, but tied with Philadelphia for 2nd in rushing TDs, behind Minnesota. A lot of the success of the Patriots’ run game came from the crushing duo of Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount...
Via TopSportsReport
June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Vereen: Patriots Rookie Running Backs Already Making Progress

BROCKTON, Mass. — The Kevin Faulk Celebrity Softball Game featured New England Patriots running backs of the past and present — but not those yet to come. Faulk, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, Brandon Bolden and Harold Shaw were on hand for the charity softball game, and the rookies backs were where they should be — back in Foxboro catching up on the playbook. Vereen praised...
June 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football: Players I feel great about

With the start of organized team activities, mock drafts have finally opened for business for this year’s fantasy football season on most of the major websites. Fortunately, now I have something to do all summer. Unfortunately, it’s way too early to make hard calls on most players. You can’t really make concrete judgments on a player’s fantasy football value until training...
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Vereen: Patriots’ Running Backs Moving On Without LeGarrette Blount

FOXBORO, Mass. – Head coach Bill Belichick has made it abundantly clear in his 15 years building New England Patriots teams that he won’t pay top dollar for a running back. Belichick’s refusal to spend on a lead back was in full display this offseason when the Patriots let last year’s starter, LeGarrette Blount, walk in free agency on a two-year, $3.85 million contract...
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots could make Shane Vereen starting running back

Before the offseason began, the New England Patriots expressed a desire to bring back free-agent-to-be running back LeGarrette Blount, a sentiment that Blount stated was mutual. But New England was only willing to pony up so much cash and when the Pittsburgh Steelers came calling, Blount decided to move onto greener pastures. That left the Patriots with former talented, though...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Vereen expected to get more touches in 2014

Mike Reiss of believes Shane Vereen will get more touches in 2014. I expect more of a tandem situation at running back if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen. With the way Stevan Ridley struggled to hold onto the football last season,  Vereen deserves more carries. var ACE_AR = {Site: '898551', Size: '468060', CallType...
Via Pro Football Zone
May 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots post-draft roster breakdown: Running backs

Now that the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books there is a clear picture of what the Patriots 2014 roster will look like heading into training camp this summer. Undrafted Free Agent signings are still trickling in and there will be a few more small signings before the summer, but for the most part the roster is in place. This begins a breakdown of how the Patriots roster shapes up as...
Via cover32 - Patriots
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears Draft Shane Vereen’s Brother Brock, Will Play Each Other Week 8

If you’re looking for some brotherly competition this season, circle Week 8 on your NFL calendars. That’s when the New England Patriots square off against the Chicago Bears, who selected Minnesota Golden Gophers safety Brock Vereen with the 131st overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Brock is the brother of Patriots running back Shane Vereen, who was the team’s second-round pick...
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Gophers' Vereen drafted by Chicago in fourth round

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brock Vereen's showing in the evaluation process has landed him in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Vereen, the University of Minnesota athletic defensive back, was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 131st overall pick in the draft. The brother of New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, Brock played safety and cornerback for the Gophers. He...
Via Fox Sports North
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Bears trade up to grab Brock Vereen

The Chicago Bears traded their ffith-round selection on Saturday afternoon to move back into the fifrth round and took Brock Vereen out of Arizona. In the coming month, there will be plenty of coverage of the newest member of the Bears. But in the meantime, here are five things to know about the safety: 1.Split time between cornerback ans free safety last year. 2. Benched 25 reps...
Via cover32 - Bears
May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vereen says wrist 'won't be 100 percent for a while'

BY SCOTT BAINESNew England Patriots running back Shane Vereen won't use his previously broken left wrist as an excuse for a few dropped passes last season."It has nothing to do with the cast," Vereen said Friday, via "I would never blame it on that. ... There’s no excuse. I should have caught them."Suffering the break against the Buffalo Bills...
Via AFC East Daily
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Shane Vereen is still managing his wrist injury

Although he refuses to use it as an excuse for some dropped balls last year, Shane Vereen admitted that he's still rehabilitating the wrist he broke at the beginning of the 2013 season. In an interview with the team's website, Vereen said that he's managing the wrist for now and that it's getting back to where he'd like it to be: “It’s not going...
Via Ex Pats
May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots Running Back Shane Vereen: Wrist Still Isn’t 100 Percent

Shane Vereen broke his wrist in the New England Patriots’ Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and continued to play through the injury as he gutted his way through his most productive game as a pro. Vereen is still feeling the after effects of that injury, which landed him on the Patriots’ short-term injured reserve list until Week 10. “I feel good,” Vereen told ...
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The State of Sunday: Running Back

Every Sunday, I’ll breakdown the Patriots positions, giving some stats, analysis and a few of my thoughts, for what its worth. This week will be running back. The Patriots running back situation has made a name for themselves, especially when playing in a pass first offense, a la Tom Brady. Patriots were ninth in league for total rushing yards per game in 2013, and 10th in passing...
Via Total Sports Live
April 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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