James White - what can we expect?

After LeGarrette Blount's departure in the offseason and continued doubts over Stevan Ridley's ball security, expectations have perhaps risen unfairly for rookie running-back James White. While Shane Vereen could see an increase in snaps on designated runs, his speed will only take him so far, and the Patriots are looking for one of their stronger, crafty backs like Ridley...
Via Patriots Life
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Analysis of the Final(-ish) roster of 53

Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesToday was impacted by a slew of cuts, with 20 men making their way off the roster. If you've been following my roster projection series, you'll see that I had 5 players on the roster that were cut today (Roy Finch, Jon Halapio, Steve Beauharnais, Danny Aiken and Jerel Worthy), so here's a bit on why I thought each would make it, and why...
Via Patriots Life
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Humble Pie. Patriots 34, 49ers 41

With the Patriots down 31-3 just minutes into the third quarter, I couldn't help but think that this was exactly the way Houston fans must have felt six nights earlier.  I also felt just slightly guilty for all the gloating I did on Thanksgiving night in MetLift Stadium as the Patriots piled on the Jets 35-3 at halftime.  Ok, I'm lying about the second statement, but the...
Via DeROK.Net
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Must Have Fantasy Football RBs For Week 1 at DraftKings

Earlier this week I broke down some of the top quarterback options for Week One on DraftKings so it’s time to pivot over to the running backs. Smash mouth running backs with heavy workloads aren’t nearly as prevalent in the present day NFL, which is why I like the DraftKings scoring system so much. It favors pass catching backs with the full point per reception bonus. With that...
Via Fox Sports
4 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...
Via TopSportsReport
5 days ago  |  Discuss

X's & O's a look at the running back position

Getty ImagesBefore we dive into how the Patriots should use their running backs this upcoming season, lets take a dive into what each back does well for the Patriots and how they should use each one of them. Each back the Patriots have in their backfield has a different skill set, and they all can be used effectively. While each back they have has their strengths, they all have their...
Via Patriots Life
5 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots' defense stifling, offense on point in blowout of Panthers

The entertainment value of a third preseason game derives it's attractiveness from the fact that, traditionally, the perceived starters from each team get the majority of playing time.  As a result, the quality of the play is usually more aesthetically pleasing compared to the choppy, practice-like feel of the first two.But unlike in preseasons past, the choppiness of Friday...
Via Foxborough Free Press
9 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...
Via Sports-Glory
9 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...
Via FatManWriting
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 3 New England Patriots 30 - Carolina Panthers 7

The Patriots allowed a late Joe Webb TD from shutting out the Carolina Panthers. It was all Patriots from the start.Some early struggles on offense were alleviated. Final score was 30-7.The Patriots built a 20-0 third quarter lead on two Shane Vereen scores. Big 1st half hightlight was the Stephen Gotkowski 60 yard field goal.There was a bit of excitement on the third offensive possession...
Via Patriots Life
9 days ago  |  Discuss

designingsport: Shane Vereen, New England Patriots

designingsport: Shane Vereen, New England Patriots
Via Pats Propaganda
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Who Will be the Starting RB in New England?

#159419605 / Having a rag-tag team of injury-prone and rookie receivers forced the Patriots to fall back on their run game more than usual last season. This strategy obviously worked out, as the Pats finished 7th in rushing yards and 2nd in rushing touchdowns, and averaged 4.4 yards per rush. But can the Patriots repeat an impressive run game this year? #453664028...
Via TopSportsReport
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Scoutlook: New England Patriots Backfield

Will it be Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley or James White? How will the Pats divvy out the touches? Fantasy Football Expert Stephen Englert deciphers how he interprets the New England Patriots backfield situation.
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Patriots Rookie James White Getting 1st Team Reps

Patriots rookie running back James White got some first-team reps along with Shane Vereen during Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles. SOURCE: csnne.comFantasy Spin:Stevan Ridley got most of his reps with the second-team offense. White has reportedly had an impressive camp and could cut into Ridley's usage, especially if Ridley's fumbling issues resurface.
Via Fantasy Football Champs
18 days ago  |  Discuss

New England Patriots Fantasy Football Outlook

The New England Patriots were once again a dominant force in the AFC, going 12-4 and earning the second seed in the conference. They scored the third most points in the league, only beat by the Broncos and Bears (by one total point). It was an unconventional year from a fantasy perspective however, as Bill Belichick used a running back by committee system with Stevan Ridley, LeGarrette...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Training Camp Report: Patriots keep Rob Gronkowski out of joint practice with Redskins

Shane Vereen in blocking drillsIt's notable but not necessarily surprising that tight end Rob Gronkowski was held out of today's joint practice with the Washington Redskins.Gronk has returns to practice during training camp, an early indication he could be ready by week 1 after tearing his ACL late last season. Still, he has not been working in team drills, which there will...
Via Patriots Life
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Twitter Tuesday: New England Patriots players love training camp

It’s football time, and the only people more excited to see the Patriots back on the field are the Patriots themselves. All week, the Patriots players have been jumping on twitter, showing their excitement and giving their thanks to the fans. Here’s a look at training camp from the players’ perspective: It’s almost Football season — Shane Vereen (@ShaneVereen34) July 12...
Via cover32 - Patriots
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots running backs offer a variety of options

Rookie running back James White at Patriots practice, Stephan Savoia/APStevan Ridley. Shane Vereen. James White. Brandon Bolden. Stephen Houston. Roy Finch. James Develin. What if I told you I could see any of these players making the roster for a number of very good reasons? How could a pair of undrafted free agent running backs compete for a roster spot against a trio of prime...
Via Patriots Life
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Patriots RB James White On Fantasy Football Sleeper Radar

In a crowded backfield that includes Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden, James White appears to be making the most of his time on the field by impressing the New England Patriots RB coach Ivan Fears.Fears said that, “He runs like a big guy for a little guy… It’s hard not to be in love with him.” Those are strong words for a rookie at this stage but often times...
Via FF Locker Room
July 25, 2014  |  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
July 22, 2014  |  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
July 17, 2014  |  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
July 16, 2014  |  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
July 14, 2014  |  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
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss
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