Patriots Injury Report: Shane Vereen, Jamie Collins Among Six Questionable

The New England Patriots might be without one of their best running backs on Sunday. Third-down back Shane Vereen is questionable against the Raiders with a shoulder injury. Linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle), safety Don Jones (hamstring) and center Ryan Wendell (knee) also are questionable for Sunday’s game.
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Injury Report: Shane Vereen, Jamie Collins Among Six Questionable

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots might be without one of their best running backs on Sunday. Third-down back Shane Vereen is questionable against the Raiders with a shoulder injury. Linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle), safety Don Jones (hamstring) and center Ryan Wendell (knee) also are questionable...
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Five reasons why the New England Patriots will dominate the Oakland Raiders

Let’s just get one thing straight: If the Patriots don’t beat the Raiders, every panic button in New England should be pushed repeatedly. With the way the Raiders have been playing, no matter how mediocre the Patriots may have looked the last two weeks, any competent team should be able to totally dominate them. So here’s why the Patriots will make this an easy victory: Stevan...
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Broncos Facing Underdog Status For First Time Since 2012 Against Seahawks

The New England Patriots make their 2014 home debut Sunday as they face the Oakland Raiders. The Patriots enter the game as anywhere from a 14-point to a 15-point favorite, according sportsbooks monitored by The spread is the biggest in the NFL this week. The OddsShark Computer predicts a 34.5-16.5 victory for New England The Patriots’ injury report includes several...
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Patriots Practice Report: Perfect Attendance In Preparation For Raiders

FOXBORO, Mass. — The New England Patriots have been able to swat away the injury bug early this season. The Patriots had perfect attendance at practice Friday for the second straight day. Wide receiver Julian Edelman (back), running back Shane Vereen (shoulder), offensive linemen Ryan Wendell (knee) and Dan Connolly (knee), defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle), linebacker Jamie...
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Can the New England Patriots offense play any better?

In the NFL, no games are decided before Sunday, and upsets can happen to any team. With that being said, the Pats will not have any trouble with the Raiders coming to town. Through two weeks, Oakland has been unable to stop anybody. They own the worst run defense in the league and are bottom-two in rushing and passing offense. These horrible numbers were compiled against the Jets...
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Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman (Back) Still Limited In Practice

FOXBORO, Mass. — Two of the New England Patriots’ offensive stars remained limited in practice Thursday. Julian Edelman (back) and Shane Vereen (shoulder) weren’t full participants in practice for the second straight day, according to the Patriots’ practice participation and injury report. Defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle), linebacker Jamie Collins (thigh), offensive...
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Patriots Injury Report: Julian Edelman, Shane Vereen Added

FOXBORO, Mass. — New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo came out of Sunday’s Week 2 win over the Minnesota Vikings without any injuries. Mayo’s absence from practice Wednesday was not injury related. Safety Don Jones also missed practice with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver Julian Edelman (back), running back Shane Vereen (shoulder), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder...
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New England 30 Minnesota 7: Three Things We Learned

The Minnesota Vikings played a beautiful game against the Rams in Week One. Unfortunately, they came back down to reality versus the Patriots, as they were missing the services of Adrian Peterson who was deactivated based off his arrest for child abuse last week. Meanwhile, New England got back on track after a surprising loss to the Dolphins last week.Here are 3 things we learned...
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Patriots are one of the smallest teams in the league

The Patriots over the last decade have been known as one of the toughest teams in the NFL, both physically and mentally. Some of the toughest Patriots have been those smallest in stature. Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Danny Woodhead, Shane Vereen - the list goes on. It is not uncommon to see Tom Brady towering over his huddle when they break, but his child-size supporting cast are...
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Fantasy Football: Shane Vereen, Zac Stacy Among Week 2 Sits And Starts

What’s even more important than Week 1 in fantasy football? You guessed it — Week 2! We get that we’re stating the obvious, but it’s true. The NFL’s opening week is usually wildly unpredictable, as 32 teams who haven’t played a meaningful game in over half a year get their jitters out for the first time. Week 2 is when the dust begins to settle, and the same can be said...
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Behind Enemy Lines: Vikings vs. Patriots

This week’s matchup between the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots has questions written all over it. As the Vikings come off a 34-6 thrashing of the St. Louis Rams, the Patriots were surprised by the Miami Dolphins 33-20. With both teams bucking the trends, Minnesota lead writer Chris Schad sat down with New England lead writer Matt LaPanChris Schad: One of the biggest...
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How the Vikings Can Beat the Patriots

Optimism is in the air for the Minnesota Vikings.The positive thoughts that followed an undefeated preseason carried into the games that count with a 34-6 Week 1 victory over the St. Louis Rams. With the Vikings handily beating a team they really should have clobbered by 28 points, the bandwagon is starting to fill up heading into a Week 2 matchup with the New England Patriots.The...
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Minnesota Vikings Week 2 Matchup Nightmare: Shane Vereen

The Minnesota Vikings are flying high after a 34-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 1. While they know there is a tougher test ahead with the New England Patriots, it’s hard not to get excited about how the defense performed in the season opener.The Vikings currently lead the NFL in points allowed and rank eleventh in yards allowed. They were able to turn the Rams over twice...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Football Week 1 Targets Leaders

Since targets have become a stat, fantasy junkies have fallen in love with it, including us! But just because your favorite WR gets thrown to 12 times each week, that does not guarantee anything! That is why we calculated their Catch % for you!Stats courtesy of ESPNRunning Back Targets Leaders table.tableizer-table { border: 1px solid #CCC; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Vereen leads Ridley in total snaps

While it's fair to say that the run-game was ineffective in it's merely occasional utilisation against the Dolphins, one guy took the majority of the snaps on Sunday evening. Shane Vereen took three times as many offensive snaps as presumed starter Stevan Ridley in Miami. #Patriots offensive snap counts. Vereen played 3x as much as Ridley. Gronk played 44 percent pic.twitter...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Patriots Work Out Daniel Thomas, QB, Two Tight Ends

The New England Patriots worked out a former Miami Dolphins running back, and there were no mind games afoot. Running back Daniel Thomas tried out with the Patriots on Monday, ESPN’s Field Yates reported. Thomas, a 2011 second-round pick, was released by the Dolphins on Aug. 30 during final roster cuts. Thomas, picked six selections after Patriots running back Shane Vereen and...
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Recap: New England Patriots offense sputters in loss to Dolphins

The Patriots have been a favorite Super Bowl pick by many analysts and commentators, but they’re going to have to prove they can win their division first. One game is still just one game, but this revamped Patriots team did not look all that spectacular against the Dolphins. Entering Week 2, New England will be alone at the bottom of the division, a place they aren’t use to being...
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Ridley and Vereen: The backs who have each other's back

The bond between Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen started early. The two met in 2011 at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis and hit it off. Neither had an idea that their budding friendship would only grow from there, but when the Patriots selected both running backs in the 2011 NFL Draft, that’s exactly what happened. For their first two seasons in the NFL, Ridley...
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New England Patriots: Week 1 Preview, Prediction

This Sunday at 1 PM EST, the New England Patriots make their way south to open their 2014 season against the Miami Dolphins. The game will be shown on CBS, and melodious commentary will be provided by Greg Gumbel and Trent Green (who I believe is making his CBS regular season TV debut, kudos to the former Chief).   It’s here, it’s finally here! Let there be dancing in the street...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Three things to watch: Patriots vs Dolphins

Football is finally back, and Pats Nation is hoping for another Super Bowl ring for Tom Brady and Co. Here are five things to watch for during the Patriots v. Dolphins game on Sunday. 1. Will Gronk play? Rob Gronkowski said that he is “good to go” for the Patriots first game, but Bill Belichick was not as optimistic. “I’m glad that Rob is optimistic about his situation...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Another Look at New England’s Run Game

#453664028 / I talked last week about how the RB situation in New England isn’t exactly clear yet. I hinted at veteran Stevan Ridley not making the roster, just out of speculation. Well it seems apropos to revisit this same topic since it’s being more heavily speculated that Ridley might not, in fact, make the final roster. The Pats surprisingly cut Tommy Kelly...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Vereen, Edelman are Brady's favorite targets so far

Barry Chin/Globe StaffNo surprises here, but Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen are shaping up to be important pieces in the passing game for Tom Brady. According to WEEI, Edelman (10 targets) and Vereen (7 catches) are in the top 3 for catches among Patriots receivers in preseason. And neither of them have dropped a pass yet so far. Top 5:WR Julian Edelman: 10 catches on 10 targetsWR...
Via Patriots Life
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Tom Brady: A lot of things Patriots can improve on

Tom Brady was threw two touchdown passes to help lead the New England Patriots to a 30-7 dominating preseason victory over the Carolina Panthers on Friday night. “There’s a lot of work to do, but it was fun being out there,” Brady said. “It’s great to win, especially this game. They’re a good football team and if you don’t execute well, they’re going to be really...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly Goes Stealth Mode and Slams Patriots Shane Vereen

There are few--if any--players in the league that have a nose of the ball quite like Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. He was a beast in college (532 total tackles in three seasons), he's been an award wining beast in the NFL (Defensive Rookie of the Year two years ago; Defensive MVP last season).How in the world does he do it?@SBNationGIF/TwitterStealth mode.Look...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss
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