Today in Patriots History
Happy 32nd birthday to Shane Vereen
Born May 2, 1989 in Valencia, California
Patriot RB, 2011-2014; uniform #34 & #29 (2011)
Pats 2nd round (56th overall) selection of the 2011 draft, from Cal
The 5'10, 205 lb back may have never quite lived up to his draft status, but that is not to say he didn't have flashes of high production in Foxborough. In four seasons with the Patriots he totaled 1,930 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns, plus another 453 yards and three TDs in the postseason.
Shane Vereen's best game with the Pats may have come during his first playoff game. In the divisional round game following the 2012 season versus Houston, Vereen caught 5 of the 6 passes thrown his way for 83 yards and two touchdowns. In addition he had 7 carries for 41 yards and another touchdown, leading the Patriots to a 41-28 victory over the Texans. Shane is one of only three players in NFL history to ever record two receiving touchdowns and a rushing TD in a single playoff game.
Fast forward two years later to his final game with the Patriots, when Vereen caught 11 out of 12 passes thrown his way; the 11 receptions were a game-high for both teams that night, and it ranks as 18th most in NFL history. That effort was quickly overlooked though, based on what transpired in the final three minutes of play. The game in question happened to be the Patriots 28-24 victory over Seattle in Super Bowl 49.
Over the course of 42 regular season games for the Patriots, Shane Vereen averaged 4.2 yards per carry, rushing for 907 yards and seven touchdowns. He also caught 107 passes for 1,023 yards, and seven more touchdowns. In all he had 1,930 yards from scrimmage and 14 touchdowns, with a mere two fumbles on 324 touches.
The Pats went 5-2 in Vereen's seven playoff games, earning him one Super Bowl ring. He caught 32 of the 45 passes thrown to him in the postseason (71%) for 324 yards, averaging 10.1 yards per catch. Vereen also averaged 5.0 yards per carry in the playoffs on 26 carries. His 11th reception in SB49 brought the ball to the Seattle 12-yard line; the Patriots would score the winning touchdown three plays later.