Patriots add Joseph Fauria, Brock Vereen to practice squad

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The Patriots brought a couple of familiar names onto the practice squad this week, although the faces of the players aren’t the same as the ones who have been with the team in the past.

According to multiple reporters on the Patriots beat, the team has added tight end Joseph Fauria and defensive back Brock Vereen to the practice squad.

Fauria, who worked out for the Patriots on Tuesday, is the nephew of former Patriots tight end Christian Fauria. The elder Fauria was on a pair of Super Bowl champions in New England during his four years with the team from 2002-2005, leading Patriots coach Bill Belichick to say that working out a former player’s nephew is a “sign of my age” at Wednesday’s press conference.

Joseph Fauria caught seven touchdowns with the Lions in 2013, but injuries limited him to seven games last year and he hasn’t played in the NFL this season. Vereen saw three games with the Bears, who selected him in the fourth round of the 2014 draft, and spent some time on the Vikings practice squad. He takes a spot in the locker room that once housed his older brother Shane, who signed with the Giants as a free agent this offseason.

44 responses to “Patriots add Joseph Fauria, Brock Vereen to practice squad

  1. Wow that’s excellent. I’ve been hoping that Fauria would come available for the Pats. Christian was an excellent TE in his tim with NE.

  2. I predict some playoff TDs in Fauria future. Belichek known for 3 TE sets and such. That’s Gronk, Chandler and Fauria. Fauria had decent times as Lions but at the end of the day they were the Lions.

  3. While the Patriots are at it, they should also sign Ben Vereen. He was great in the TV mini-series, Roots.

  4. Fantastic moves for them both at this point in the season….BB is always trolling the waiver wire working guys out. If either is like the relatives of both that played previously with the Pats we are in for more GLORY DAYS……..The rich get richer…….

  5. Here’s where we watch Fauria reach his potential on a team that will actually use him properly. I don’t see him being an every down player, but he’s a great redzone threat and he will catch some TDs this season for sure.

  6. .
    It’s also being reported that the Patriots signed DB Chris Greenwood and released safeties, Ross Ventrone and Dewey McDonald.

    The practice squad is now as follows:

    T Blaine Clausell
    TE Asante Cleveland
    TE Joseph Fauria
    LB Darius Fleming
    DB Chris Greenwood
    FB Joey Iosefa
    T Keavon Milton
    DT Robert Thomas
    DB Brock Vereen
    T Torrian Wilson
    .

  7. This guy gets 7 TD’s in his rookie season w/ Detroit.

    He then allegedly hurt his ankle while drunk at a volleyball game and blamed it on chasing his dog down the stairs.

    This didn’t fit the Jim Caldwell mold enough so he was cut in favor of lesser talents. It happened at a tough time for any player so he never caught on anywhere else even though Zona gave him a look.

    Good pickup by the Pats. This guy can play…

  8. Family day at Gillette? The whiners are slow today 8 posts in and the river of tears has yet to wash over this article. They must be spewing it on some unrelated thread at the moment, no doubt they will be along shortly…

  9. Bears fan here to Pats fans: don’t expect much from Vereen. He’s supposedly a great athlete but none of it translated onto the field in Chicago. We’ve got a defensive coaching staff that has our 5th-round rookie safety starting and playing well, but even they determined there wasn’t enough with Vereen to work with. He’s a good kid and I wish him success, but I wouldn’t bank any of my own money on it.

  10. Smart move. You can’t replace Edelman, so switch up the strategy to tall ball. Gronk, Chandler, Fauria with Lafell out wide and Blount in the backfield. Makes the D think run, but then you have 3 giant targets to throw to. That will confuse the D.

  11. I see several of the same screen names who posted what a tremendous signing Reggie Wayne was also lmao. No matter what or who is signed, the NE fanbase will go on and on about how amazing a move it is. Truly comical.

  12. paulrevereshorse1775 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:30 PM

    let’s hope Joseph’s ego isn’t as big as his uncle’s

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    man I got voted down on this one, presumably by my fellow Pats fans.

    I’ll agree Christian was a great player for the Pats, but he is awful on the local sports shows as he talks about himself half of the time.

  13. Surprised to see Vereen bouncing around. Thought he’d be a baller. But if he can’t compete with Sendejo or Exum Jr in MN I doubt he’ll become significant. Wish him well though.

  14. Hahaha! These “brilliant move”comments are too much. Admit it, you’ve never heard of either of these scrubs. Pats fans are ridiculous homers lol. Just stop, you sound silly.

  15. senatorblutarsky says: Nov 18, 2015 1:32 PM

    So the Pats sign an ex-Lions. Huh!
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    A lot of players that “suck” and couldn’t get on the field for teams that “sucked” have made a lot of money in free agency after Belichick made them a house hold name. A player like Danny Woodhead instantly comes to mind. Dion Lewis was going down that same path.

  16. senatorblutarsky says:
    Nov 18, 2015 1:32 PM
    So the Pats sign an ex-Lions. Huh!…

    Why not?

    Ex-Lions OT Mike Williams has been doing a good job as a blocking TE for the Pats this season, so the Pats might as well corner the market on ex-Lions. 🙂

    All Pats fans know that any one or two or three of these guys could be released tomorrow in favor of someone else on the practice squad. Business as usual for the Pats.

  17. “Lets sign guys with the same last names as former players…”

    They are actually relatives of Christian Fauria (Joseph’s uncle) who was a very successfull TE with the Pats, and Brock is Shane Vereen’s brother. Not just the same names.

  18. Nothing is a “brilliant move” until it works. The Patriots do have a tendency to coach up or use players correctly that were deemed expendable elsewhere and it’s been proven again and again under Belichick. It also helps when Brady is throwing the ball to you vs. wherever you came from…

  19. Ex-Lions, ex- anything…. BB does not shy away from the dumpster pile. More often than not he finds treasures that others don’t see. Meanwhile other teams covet the Pats treasures, pay high price then don’t shine anymore…..

  20. This was a good move. Usually the cheating gene runs in the family, so BB is quite confident these two will comply.

  21. harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 18, 2015 12:22 PM

    Christian was an excellent TE in his tim with NE.
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    Eh well, sort of. He was pretty good at getting the ball but I can’t think of anyone I’ve ever seen in the nfl so absolutely terrified of getting hit. Still have one catch burned into my head, got the ball, no defender within 10+ yards, STILL went down into the fetal position and waited a couple seconds for someone to come by and tag him down.

  22. Gotta love getting down voted for making an informed and fair comment about Vereen. I guess I’m wrong and Lord Bill will make him an all pro by year end. Smh.

  23. “This guy gets 7 TD’s in his rookie season w/ Detroit.

    He then allegedly hurt his ankle while drunk at a volleyball game and blamed it on chasing his dog down the stairs.

    This didn’t fit the Jim Caldwell mold enough so he was cut in favor of lesser talents. It happened at a tough time for any player so he never caught on anywhere else even though Zona gave him a look.”

    In the immortal words of Buddy Ryan… All he does is catch touchdowns.
    Fauria wasn’t a good blocker. Neither is Ebron, which is why Pettigrew sticks around, even though he can’t catch much.

  24. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Nov 18, 2015 1:50 PM
    thermanmerman99 says:
    No matter what or who is signed, the NE fanbase will go on and on about how amazing a move it is…
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    It’s understandable the phenomenon of fans going over the top on player acquisition is something a colts fan couldn’t understand. Likewise NE fans can’t understand participation banners

  25. “I see several of the same screen names who posted what a tremendous signing Reggie Wayne was also lmao. No matter what or who is signed, the NE fanbase will go on and on about how amazing a move it is. Truly comical.”

    I can’t disagree that many Patriots fans tend to praise all things Belichick but you, sir, also miss the forest through the trees. The NFL bottom line (outside of the owner’s net worth) is titles: division, conference, and (most important) super bowls. The haters keep pretending all of those titles the Patriots have won over the last 15 years don’t matter. They might not matter to a monk in Tibet but they matter to every fan who roots on Sunday for their favorite team. “Truly comical” that you can’t admit that fact.

  26. shomershabbos says:
    Nov 18, 2015 2:39 PM
    Its weird to me the Hoodie isn’t signing O lineman. They’ve been so torn up there.

    The Pats do have three OL on the practice squad right now, and if Chris Barker clears waivers the Pats will probably re-sign him to the squad and release one of the guys they just signed today.

  27. The haters keep pretending all of those titles the Patriots have won over the last 15 years don’t matter. They might not matter to a monk in Tibet but they matter to every fan who roots on Sunday for their favorite team.
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    Of course it matters. I mean, when your antics have reached the pop culture stratosphere of having one of the Miss America candidate questions be “is Tom Brady a cheater?”, I’d say it most definitely matters. But you shouldn’t confuse matter with legitimacy, they’re different.

  28. I’m surprised Fauria didn’t get more of a look elsewhere. I remember him being a pretty good red zone target for Stafford two years ago. I figured he’d catch on somewhere just because of his size. Maybe Belichick can get some production out of him in a three TE set, or a four TE set if they put Williams put as a receiver. Along with Gronk and Chandler, that would be some serious size to match up with

  29. Of course it matters. I mean, when your antics have reached the pop culture stratosphere of having one of the Miss America candidate questions be “is Tom Brady a cheater?”, I’d say it most definitely matters. But you shouldn’t confuse matter with legitimacy, they’re different.

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    Note the question indicates doubt about the NFL’s findings. Probably the same kind of doubts as Judge Berman’s.

  30. urse it matters. I mean, when your antics have reached the pop culture stratosphere of having one of the Miss America candidate questions be “is Tom Brady a cheater?”, I’d say it most definitely matters.

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    Or pop culture like when one team in particular will forever be the answer to a trivia question about which team Tim Tebow completely punked in the playoffs for his first and only postseason win. Glad that’s not my team cause that would be really embarrassing! 🙂

    #FunnyWhatHappensWhenTheCheatingStops
    #UrTeamWillNeverBeatThePatriotsAgain
    #UrTeamNeverWasAndNeverWillBeOnOURLevel

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