When the Patriots put two versatile running backs in the game at the same time, how will defenses match them? That’s something to consider after watching Shane Vereen catch a short pass from Tom Brady and race 40 yards up the right sideline for a touchdown in the second quarter. Vereen and running back James White were on the field at the same time on the play, as the Patriots used that “pony” grouping six times in the opening half.
Brandon Bolden was inactive, and it was not clear why. Regardless, the Patriots showed that they may want to utilize both Vereen and White at the same time, which would open up some snaps for the rookie.