Report: Shane Vereen will be eased in on Monday night

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The Patriots have until 4:00 on Monday afternoon to decide whether or not they want to activate running back Shane Vereen from injured reserve in time to play against the Panthers.

Vereen, who was recovering from a broken wrist, has been practicing and the expectation that he’d be returning to the lineup grew late last week when the Patriots cleared a roster spot by releasing wide receiver LaQuan Williams. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Vereen will be activated for Monday night’s game and that the Patriots plan to ease him back into the lineup.

Before the start of the season, there was a lot of talk about an expanded role for Vereen as a receiver and his seven catches in Week One showed his ability to make an impact in that area. He also ran for 101 yards in that game after Stevan Ridley was benched for fumbling.

Ridley, Brandon Bolden and LeGarrette Blount have all been getting work in the backfield with Vereen out of the lineup, but there may not be enough work to go around once Vereen’s back into the swing of things.

UPDATE 5:05 p.m. ET: The Patriots have activated Vereen and added him to the roster for Monday night’s game.

17 responses to “Report: Shane Vereen will be eased in on Monday night

  1. Vereen is a better all around player than Ridley. He’s a good blocker, a very good runner, and a good receiver. I hope they just don’t peg him as a third down back. He’s too good to be a situational player in the long term.

  2. For once in my life, I agree with thepftpoet. I’m down about 5 points going into tonight’s game and Ridley is my only guy left on my roster who is still playing this week.

  3. For what it’s worth, that “we’re going to ease the injured RB back into the mix” pitch was also used by the Giants when they brought back RB Andre Brown – and he tore off 30 carries fore over 100 yards in that first game back.

    And as everyone knows, both Coughlin and Belichick are very prominent members of the Parcells Coaching Tree – who both wisely keep their cards close to the vest.

  4. The Patriots will use Vereen as much as they need him. If Ridley is getting positive yardage between the tackles Vereen won’t see a lot of use, however if the Patriots have success through the air then Vereen will be the primary tailback due to his superior receiving skills.

    Their usage all depends on the flow of the game.

  5. Panthers coaches would be fools to believe this.

    Vereen hurt his wrist, not his knee and he was slated to be a major part of this offense before going down.

    If he gets hot, he’ll see plenty of touches.

  6. I take “ease him in” to mean FULL SPEED AHEAD for Vereen and every other Patriot who takes to the field tonight. At least that had better be the case if New England wants to win. New England’s O-line, in particular, needs to step up big time against the Panthers’ aggressive front seven, just as Peyton Manning’s O-line did for him last night against the Chiefs. If not, then I’m anticipating a Carolina win at home.

  7. Maybe it’s just me, but I HATE fantasy football and HATE any comments about it vis a vis a real actual game. Ugh.

  8. Vereen’s primary role will be as a receiver, not as a running back. He is wicked fast and has very good hands.

    If the Panthers concentrate on Gronk and Amendola, Vereen will torch them all night long.

  9. People just never learn.

    Carolina this and Carolina that.. then surprise surprise, all the talking-heads will be saying how great New England looks and “they are primed for a deep playoff run,” when the game is finished.

    The Patriots are 8-1 after the bye (since 2003). They have had two weeks to prepare and Cam Newton has been anything but “Super” over the past two games. Talib will shutdown Smith and Vereen is going to gouge Carolina on huge screens and draws to set-up the play action down the seam.

  10. brohamma says:
    Nov 18, 2013 5:04 PM

    People just never learn.

    Carolina this and Carolina that.. then surprise surprise, all the talking-heads will be saying how great New England looks and “they are primed for a deep playoff run,” when the game is finished.

    The Patriots are 8-1 after the bye (since 2003). They have had two weeks to prepare and Cam Newton has been anything but “Super” over the past two games. Talib will shutdown Smith and Vereen is going to gouge Carolina on huge screens and draws to set-up the play action down the seam.
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    Carolina this and Carolina that? What is that based on? From week 5 until last Monday, everyone on Earth was dismissing Carolina as a fraud that fattened up on bad teams. Vereen is good, but if your line can’t keep the insane assylum escapees we have on the D-line off of Brady, no one is going to torch anyone. Cam hasn’t had to be Superman the last few weeks as our defense has been outstanding.

    I think it’s going to be a great game that will be decided very late in the 4th quarter.

  11. @CKL & ampats: I’m an avid fantasy football fan, but you’re absolutely correct that comments regarding fantasy football have no place in discussion about real life football. It’s especially disgusting seeing people tweet players threats and insults over disappointing fantasy football results. (Not referring to anything here in this thread, but I’ve seen some awful things directed at players before on Twitter.)

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