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Shane Vereen gets first-team reps at Patriots OTAs

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The Patriots used the 56th pick in last year’s draft on Cal running back Shane Vereen, but he didn’t see the field much in his first year. Fellow rookie Stevan Ridley was utilized more, while Vereen battled a severe and lingering hamstring injury. Vereen didn’t play a single snap in any of the Patriots’ final five regular season games, and he was inactive for all three playoff contests.

But the Pats still have high hopes for the 2011 second-rounder. And according to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Vereen worked as the team’s first-string tailback during recent OTA practices open to the media.

Howe still expects the Patriots’ 2012 backfield to be role- and game-plan specific, and Ridley, Danny Woodhead, and Joseph Addai remain in the mix for snaps.

Vereen’s action with the first-team offense is a reminder that the Pats could be getting more explosive at running back, though. Vereen ran a 4.49 forty time at the 2011 Combine and averaged over five yards a carry in his college career. He also excelled in the passing game at Cal.

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  1. periferal26 says: May 27, 2012 5:20 PM

    For helping your fantasy team, Patriot RB’s are not the way to go.

    For helping the Patriots actually win meaningful football games, their RB’s will serve them well.

  2. elmaxoh says: May 27, 2012 5:22 PM

    Danny Woodhead is underrated , he should be the starter !

  3. Patskrieg dot com says: May 27, 2012 5:32 PM

    Any chance he learned how to pass protect yet? That’d be nice.

  4. 6ball says: May 27, 2012 5:37 PM

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    The Patriots appear to have a good unit of backs. Each possesses a different skill set. You can’t get everything in one back, but you can get it from an array of them.

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  5. lgw91s says: May 27, 2012 6:05 PM

    None of the Patriot backs will have eye popping stats at the end of the season. But collectively, the numbers will be very efficient.

  6. txxxchief says: May 27, 2012 6:05 PM

    If he has moves like Ben Vereen, no one will be able to tackle him!

  7. randallflagg52 says: May 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    6ball says:
    May 27, 2012 5:37 PM
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    The Patriots appear to have a good unit of backs. Each possesses a different skill set. You can’t get everything in one back, but you can get it from an array of them.

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    Ray Rice begs to differ.

  8. tedmurph says: May 27, 2012 6:50 PM

    randallflagg52 says:May 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    6ball says:
    May 27, 2012 5:37 PM
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    The Patriots appear to have a good unit of backs. Each possesses a different skill set. You can’t get everything in one back, but you can get it from an array of them.

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    Ray Rice begs to differ.

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    That’s Ray Rice, starting RB for the team that lost to the Pats, that is unhappy and has yet to sign his tender or be given an extension.

  9. patsfanvt says: May 27, 2012 7:31 PM

    would be nice to have a back with some big play ability for once

  10. descendency says: May 27, 2012 7:53 PM

    tedmurph says:
    May 27, 2012 6:50 PM
    randallflagg52 says:May 27, 2012 6:30 PM

    6ball says:
    May 27, 2012 5:37 PM
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    The Patriots appear to have a good unit of backs. Each possesses a different skill set. You can’t get everything in one back, but you can get it from an array of them.

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    Ray Rice begs to differ.

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    That’s Ray Rice, starting RB for the team that lost to the Pats, that is unhappy and has yet to sign his tender or be given an extension.

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    Ray Rice (and Ed Reed) would basically make the Patriots unbeatable. While the Ravens may have lost, Rice is still a legitimate complete feature back.

  11. tedmurph says: May 27, 2012 8:19 PM

    Not sure what Reed’s got left, great player that he’s been. Rice has been a great back, although Balti’s dependence on him has hurt that offense, IMO. No team depends on just one back to give them everything anymore. Even Balti had McGahee, McClain, RWilliams etc over the last few yrs. In the same vein as Welker, I wouldn’t pay Rice long term.

  12. rdly49ers says: May 27, 2012 8:52 PM

    Let’s Go Niners ……and lamichale james …..

  13. backindasaddle says: May 27, 2012 9:19 PM

    We don’t know this kid yet. He was never on the field last year. Hope he’s 100% healthy now, can stay healthy and finally give us a look as to what he’s got to offer. Good luck kid.

  14. majbobby says: May 27, 2012 9:29 PM

    So what you ate telling me is it takes the Pats 4 backs to provide what most teams can in two. Ok Pat fans just keep praying Brady keeps playing at a high level.

  15. bumbler19 says: May 27, 2012 9:39 PM

    If he can keep his legs under him he’ll do well.

    He had 31 bench reps at the 2011 Combine and ran a 4.49 40.

    Can’t wait to see what this kid can do.

  16. mornelithe says: May 28, 2012 12:22 AM

    majbobby says:
    May 27, 2012 9:29 PM
    So what you ate telling me is it takes the Pats 4 backs to provide what most teams can in two. Ok Pat fans just keep praying Brady keeps playing at a high level.

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    Yes, prayer is totally necessary after Brady’s decline in numbers last year…oh wait, that’s right, he threw for more yards than any QB except one, ever had before.

    The depth at each position varies from team to team, a complete package RB would be wasted on the Pats because they aren’t even remotely a run first, or second, offense. Running game by committee with 4 backs who have different strengths is far cheaper in the long run, than someone like Ray Rice.

  17. pattunya says: May 28, 2012 11:36 AM

    Everyone kept praising Ben Jarvius for not fumbling and loving Woodhead. Both were decent. But a featured back would help this team big time. How we all forgot Corey Dillion. Running and defense in December people. A la, sometimes recievers drop passes. Sorry Wes.

  18. CKL says: May 28, 2012 2:00 PM

    Pats offense was severely one dimensional last year, and I don’t mean JUST that it was pass heavy..I mean the ONLY great part of their O was the middle passing game. It made them much easier to defend and being easy to defend kills you in the playoffs with better defenses. That’s one reason I want them to be more balanced and use ball control running. It will help the defense too, which has been horrendous on third down for about 5 years.

  19. patsfiend says: May 28, 2012 4:01 PM

    elmaxoh says:
    May 27, 2012 5:22 PM
    Danny Woodhead is underrated , he should be the starter !
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    I like Woodhead as much as the next guy… but the first time time he is flattened by a rushing linebacker who then flattens Brady, you’d be changing your story.

  20. rc33 says: May 29, 2012 11:09 AM

    No one knows but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this guy contribute in a big way this year. He really could’ve/should’ve been on the field last year but out of Belichick (and Brady’s) allegiance to Kevin Faulk, they gave him one more post-ACL opportunity. Unfortunately Faulk had little left.
    Vereen was clearly the younger, faster, more explosive RB and would’ve helped N.E. last year.

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