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|Taken in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft, Vereen was expected to earn a role in the Patriots backfield committee last season but nagging injuries caused him to miss time in training camp and throughout the season. At season’s end, he had accumulated just 15 rushes for 57 yards and a score in five games. Fellow rookie Stevan Ridley surpassed him on the depth chart and Vereen enters 2012 competing with Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai for the role as Ridley’s backup and as a pass receiving threat out of the backfield. Since we can all assume that New England will use each player in a situational role, Vereen will need to clearly beat out Woodhead and Addai to earn 8-10 touches a game and that seems unlikely. Woodhead has been productive in limited opportunities during his two years with the team and will likely approach the six touches per game he had last season. While Vereen is clearly the player to own rather than Woodhead or Addai given his upside, he also clearly ranks behind Ridley. He is a late round pick in redraft formats and has more value as a prospect in dynasty leagues.
| Vereen re-injures triceps -- Mon Dec 19 6:40 pm --|
Same injury cost him nine games earlier this season
|HC Ben McAdoo on RB Shane Vereen: "Shane re-injured his triceps. It's unfortunate. He worked his tail off to get back to where he was." (Art Stapleton on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Vereen only saw five touches in the two games he returned for, so he wasn't exactly being asked to take over his early-season role, which had him working as the lead back at times. He's likely to be placed on IR shortly. Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins will likely continue sharing work in his absence, but neither back should be expected to emerge as a fantasy starter for the remainder of the season.
| Shane Vereen makes quick return to practice -- Wed Dec 14 1:05 pm --|
|Giants running back Shane Vereen was present at practice Wednesday afternoon, just four days after he suffered a concussion. The Giants have not yet released Vereen's participation status for the session, so it is unclear where he stands in the NFL's concussion protocol. But his presence on the field is an encouraging sign for the team as they begin preparation for Sunday's home game against the NFC North-leading Lions. (NJ.com)|
FF Today's Take: Shane Vereen's retun to practice this quickly is definitely a good sign of his progress within the concussion protocol. Despite Rashad Jennings' role as the lead horse in New York's backfield owners in PPR leagues may want to pay attention to status reports later in the week as Vereen fits in well with the high efficiency passing scheme being deployed by New York in recent weeks.