Tom Coughlin reiterated that Shane Vereen will likely see the same role as he did with the Patriots last season. Coughlin said the role of Vereen will depend on how the game is dictated. (Source: Newsday.com)
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen's fantasy value should remain the same as last season. Vereen is worth a draft pick and a spot on a bench with the capability of being a solid RB2 or flex option. Vereen should see more opportunities with the Giants as Jennings needs to prove he can stay healthy and Andre Williams needs more seasoning to be fully trusted.
RB Shane Vereen is due to sign with the Giants later today. It was rumored that Vereen was looking for $3.5M/year. It's unclear as to what the Giants and Vereen have ultimately agreed to. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Vereen provides Eli Manning with an excellent passing weapon out of the backfield. Depending on the way playing time is split out of the backfield among Rashad Jennings, Andre Williams and Shane Vereen, Vereen may see a good uptick in fantasy value next season as a passing down back in the Giants' system. This move also enhances Eli Manning's value as a fantasy QB.
Shane Vereen is reportedly seeking $3.5 million per year, a number the Patriots seemingly will avoid. (Source: Jeff Howe on twitter)
Fantasy Impact: The New England Patriots are usually not a team to pay up for a position and the Running Back position in particular. With a very RB heavy free agent pool the Patriots will most likely let Vereen seek his desired $3.5 million per year contract while they search for "cheaper" options.
Free agent RB Shane Vereen denied a report that he's seeking $5 million annually. (Source: Patriots.com)
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen would have been hard pressed to get $5 million a year in free agency. He has been a solid third down back for the Patriots but has not proven to be able to handle a full load and be the main guy and will not get paid like one. He should still find plenty of teams interested in him and in the right situation could be a fantasy asset, especially in PPR leagues.
For those looking at a potential financial market for running back Shane Vereen in free agency, one respected NFL source pointed me to the three-year, $10.5 million deal ($4 million guaranteed) signed by Donald Brown with the Chargers last year as the starting point. I could see Vereen exceeding that, and I have doubts the Patriots – given their recent free-agent history with running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead – would match it. From the pure-speculation department: I could see the Jacksonville Jaguars as a strong suitor for Vereen, in part because of the championship pedigree he could bring and their significant salary cap space. (Source: ESPN Boston)
Fantasy Impact: It does not look like the Patriots will break the bank to resign Shane Vereen. They need the cap space to sign other veterans and a player like Vereen can be replaced. He does provide great pass catching ability out of the backfield and is always a threat on third down. But he gets nicked up frequently and cannot hold up all season being a number one back. If he does leave and go to a team that is running back hungry he could get an opportunity to be a strong fantasy option next year. His catching ability and third down role make him a must own in PPR leagues and may also be relevant for standard leagues.
Shane Vereen rushed four times for 13 yards and caught 11 passes for 64 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: In the two instrumental fourth quarter touchdown drives by the Patriots, Shane Vereen was a key part of the success with some big catches. He led the team with receptions for the game and was a key to the Patriots Super Bowl victory. This may have been Vereen's last game as a Patriot. He is going to be a free agent. He is perfect in a the third down role but he may want try to find a lead back role and money.
The Seahawks are as good as it comes in stopping running backs on the ground. But might they be susceptible to running backs in the passing game?
Seattle allowed more than 700 receiving yards to running backs this season — 10th most in football. Washington’s Roy Helu, San Francisco’s Bruce Miller and St. Louis’ Benny Cunningham all had big days receiving out of the backfield against the Seahawks.
Some of that damage done against the Seahawks by receiving running backs came while linebacker Bobby Wagner was out with injury. Cunningham’s five catches, 46 yards and touchdown in the Rams’ 28-26 win over Seattle was Wagner’s first game out with turf toe.
Shane Vereen had the fifth-most receptions and receiving yards for a running back in the NFL this season. (Source: Providence Journal)
Fantasy Impact: It is expected that the Patriots will try to get Legarrette Blount going early in the running game and test the Seahawks defense. But it will be important to get Shane Vereen involved into the offense as well. Vereen provides a dimension out of the backfield that the Patriots need against the great Seattle defense. Look for Vereen to get targets early and often as the Patriots look to spread the field. Vereen could be an under the radar star in the Super Bowl if the Patriots decide to utilize him.
Shane Vereen rushed one time for two yards and caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen played his usually third down role in the AFC championship game against the Colts. Vereen only got one rushing attempt but was involved in the passing game and had a nice 30 yard catch. Look for Vereen to be an important part of the offense against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl as the Patriots will try to spread the field.
Shane Vereen caught 4-of-5 targets for 39 yards and rushed once for six yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen split time at running back with Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount on Saturday against the Ravens. Vereen did get 5 targets in the passing game but did nothing on the ground. Vereen did have a fumble in the fourth quarter that was called back and did not play again. It should not affect him going into the AFC championship though.
Shane Vereen rushed twice for one yard and caught three passes for 14 yards Week 17 against the Bills.
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen continues to disappoint in terms of his fantasy value. He did not do much with the opportunities he was given on Sunday. It could be the result of the ankle injury he has been dealing with.
Shane Vereen carried six times for 38 yards and caught one pass for 12 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.
Fantasy Impact: With Legarrette Blount out on Sunday against the Jets it looked like a good opportunity for Shane Vereen to have a big day. While Vereen had a couple nice runs in the second half his overall numbers were once again lacking. Vereen has all but disappeared in the passing game.
Shane Vereen is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Shane Vereen has had just 19 yards rushing over his last 3 games with 12 receptions for 104 yards. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen has taken a backseat in a crowded Patriots backfield. With Blount, Gray and even Bolden in the mix, Vereen is just not seeing the touches worthy of a start in the for your team.
Shane Vereen had three receptions for 30 yards on four targets, adding one carry for one yard, in Sunday's 23-14 win over the Chargers.
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen split the snaps with LeGarrette Blount on Sunday night. Blount saw the early down snaps while Vereen once again was used as the third down back. Vereen did little with his opportunities for the second week in a row. One reason for Vereen's recent struggles could be from his lingering ankle injury. Vereen has very little fantasy value at the moment, except for deep PPR leagues.
Shane Vereen is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Vereen was limited this week with an ankle injury. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: Vereen has been limited to only 11 hand-offs since LeGarrette Blount has joined the team. Vereen is reception dependent to be a consistent scorer. Vereen continues to be a gamble at RB with this Patriot backfield.
Vereen (ankle) had a disappointing performance in Sunday's 26-21 loss at Green Bay, rushing for six yards on three carries, while catching just 1-of-2 targets for 26 yards. He did lead the Patriots in unofficial snaps, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. (Source: ESPN Boston)
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen once again was the third down back in the Patriot offense. He did not do much with his opportunities and dropped a very catchable ball out of the backfield. It is hard to tell if it was his ankle injury effecting him but he should still have value in PPR leagues.
Shane Vereen rushed eight times for 12 yards and caught eight passes for 48 yards in the Patriots' Week 12 win over Detroit.
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen is entrenched as the third down back and has been an important part of the passing game. With LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray battling for early down snaps and red zone touches it is hard to see Vereen having any value in standard leagues. His value is in PPR leagues as his 8 catches showed today.
Shane Vereen caught 4-of-4 targets for 59 yards, adding one carry for 18 yards. Vereen was only in for 20 snaps compared to 53 for Jonas Gray.
Fantasy Impact: The breakout of Jonas Gray meant limited work for Shane Vereen. It looks like Vereen will lose any early down work he may have been receiving. And with Gray's excellent goal line work, Vereen may not get many TD opportunities. Vereen should still be involved in third downs and the passing game and owners in PPR leagues need to hold on to him.
The Broncos' defense is a tough one to run against and the Patriots’ running backs didn’t do anything to change that. Jonas Gray averaged 2.8 yards per carry and Shane Vereen only pitched in 2.6 yards per carry. Vereen made his mark in the receiving game with five catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, including a big catch on fourth down.
(Source: ESPN Boston)
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen struggled against a tough Broncos run defense. He did catch five passes and scored a TD which made his fantasy owners happy. It still looks like his main role going forward will be as the third down and passing down back. His value is in PPR leagues.
Shane Vereen rushed five times for 22 yards in New England's Week 8 win over the Bears, adding three receptions for 23 yards.
Fantasy Impact: After a full workload in Week 7, Shane Vereen was scaled back in Week 8 with Jonas Gray getting most of the early down work. Look for a similar scenario in Week 9 versus the Broncos with the two RBs.
The Patriots offense didn't have much of a spark in the first half, but what little they were able to accomplish was thanks to running back Shane Vereen's two touchdown catches. Vereen finished with five catches on eight targets for 71 yards, and was also the lead rusher for the Patriots, with 11 carries for 43 yards. (Source: Boston.com)
Fantasy Impact: There was speculation coming into the Week 7 matchup versus the NY Jets that Shane Vereen would get the workload at RB. There were as many questions as to whether Vereen would split carries between the other Patriot RBs. If Thursday night was an indication of how the Patriots intend to use him, expect Vereen to become the featured RB in the Patriots offense in the upcoming weeks.
Shane Vereen had five carries for four yards in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Bills.
Fantasy Impact: Shane Vereen had a very disappointing game versus the Bills in Week 6 averaging less than one yard per carry. But Vereen owners should see an increase in his workload with Stevan Ridley going down with a knee injury. This is his opportunity to take hold of the role and gain more touches.
Shane Vereen rushed nine times for 90 yards in Sunday night's Week 5 win over the Bengals, adding 18 yards on three catches.
Fantasy Impact: Stevan Ridley dominated the touches against the Bengals but when Shane Vereen was called upon he made the most of his opportunities. Look for Vereen to continue to fill the third down back role. He is currently more valuable in a PPR league than in a standard.
Shane Vereen had 41 yards on five receptions and 26 yards on eight carries in Monday's 41-14 loss to the Chiefs.
Fantasy Impact: With the Patriots being behind last night, Vereen got most of the work at RB. He did not do much on the ground but did catch all five targets thrown his way. Look for Vereen to get the bulk of the work in a tough matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals next week.
Shane Vereen had seven carries for 20 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders. He added four catches for 17 yards.
Fantasy Impact: Vereen did little in the running game today and could not make anything happen with his 4 catches. He is an important part of the offense and expect more targets in the upcoming weeks as the Patriots try to open things up for the offense.
Shane Vereen finished the game in Week 2 with only 6 rush attempts for 40 yards against the Vikings in Week 2. He was also limited in the passing game with only 2 catches.
Fantasy Impact: With the Patriots involved in a blowout most of the day, Vereen was not utilized as he was in Week 1. The offensive line did a better job protecting Tom Brady, and Vereen was not needed with screens and dumpoffs. Expect more targets in the upcoming weeks.
Assessing Bill Belichick's running back usage is typically not the best idea. The New England Patriots' head coach has become famous for juggling his runners between possessions — at times benching players who were 20-carry guys a week prior.
But in the ever-feeble attempt at figuring out the hierarchy, it seems Shane Vereen has established himself as the slightly better option than Stevan Ridley. Vereen scored New England's first touchdown of 2014 on a two-yard gain in the first quarter of Sunday's 33-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
He finished the game with seven carries for 36 yards while adding 35 yards through the air on five receptions.
Fantasy Impact: Vereen had a better statistical game than Stevan Ridley in Week 1. But Vereen's best runs were in third-and-long situations. In looking at usage today, Vereen is the third down and long-yardage back. In most cases the Patriots will not be in as many long-yardage situations, which will even out the distribution between the two backs.
Patriot's RB Shane Vereen started the Patriot's third preseason game, rushing six times for 18 yards, and catching five passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: Vereen looked great and saw heavy usage throughout the first half of the game. He's locked in as the Patriot's passing-downs back if he can stay healthy. It's always hard to read the Patriot's RB situation, but if Friday night's game is any indication, Vereen could be in for a heavy workload this year.
Patriots running back Shane Vereen was limited to only two catches during Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Vereen caught a short pass for a gain of 12 yards and on the next play, he caught a screen pass for a gain of 9 yards. He was targeted twice and finished with 21 receiving yards. He did not receive a carry. (Source: CBS Sports)
Fantasy Impact: After the first two preseason games, Vereen has not be involved in the running game. With Stevan Ridley, James White and Brandon Bolden getting most of the early down snaps, it is looking like Vereen may be exclusively used in the passing game. Currently being drafted in the fifth round I would only target Vereen in PPR leagues and avoid him at his current ADP in standard leagues.
Vereen carried the ball once for 7 yards against the Redskins and had no targets in the passing game.
Fantasy Impact: While this performance was very limited and small, it's good to see Vereen out and involved. I expect him to be heavily involved in the passing game this year as he is by far the best pass-catching RB New England has to offer. 5-10 carries and 3-5 targets a game isn't out of the question for 2014. Target Vereen as a low end RB2 with the hopes of getting him as your RB3.
The New England Patriots have two soon-to-be free-agent running backs that topped their depth chart to start the 2014 season -- Stevan Ridley, who ended the season on Injured Reserve, and Shane Vereen. In a quick-hits post this morning, ESPN...