Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm
Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16. Vereen should continue to play through the injury. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm
Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Vereen should be fine to face the Jets. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Vereen should be fine to face the Jets. If New England struggles to run between the tackles, they may turn to Vereen in the short passing game to move the chains.
Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm
Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 15. Vereen has been pretty quiet of late, so he’s nothing more than a RB3/flex, even in PPR formats. We do expect him to play.
Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm
Dolphins beat writer James Walker on the team's recent struggles against the run:
This has been one of the biggest mysteries of the season. Three weeks ago Miami had the No. 2 defense in the NFL and was No. 8 against the run. Then, out of nowhere, the Dolphins have allowed 661 rushing yards in the past three games. They are now No. 22 against the run. Players and coaches are at a loss. They say it is poor fundamentals, tackling and run fits.
This bodes well for LeGarrette Blount, who has dominated the carries in the last three weeks. He has toted the ball 42 times in that span; the next highest carry total is 12 by Shane Vereen. We're expecting Blount will carry the ball 15-plus times in a game that the Patriots should be able to control with their ground game.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Patriots RB Shane Vereen (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 13. Vereen is expected to play through the questionable tag, but the Patriots play in the late round of games on Sunday.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Bengals beat writer Paul Dehner on the Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill split once Bernard returns from injury: Running backs coach Kyle Caskey said on Beyond The Stripes the other night when I asked him about this that they already knew what Hill could do and this was the type of back he could be. I'd have to believe as hard as this team has tried to jumpstart this running game this season if he drops another 100-plus on the Browns tonight he will have earned an increase in his reps, particularly on first and second down. I'd imagine something much closer to a 50-50 split should be in order
Bernard saw 67% of the touches (carries + catches) when he was healthy, so a 50/50 split represent a drop in touches from 18.7 to 13.9 per game, though it's more likely he'll retain all (or most) of his receptions and simply split carries with Hill. If that's the case, he should see around 14.4 touches per game. It's still a significant drop for Bernard. He's averaging around 0.71 FP/touch, so he'd produce an estimated 10.2 PPG with a 14.4-touch workload. That's about what Chris Ivory and Eddie Lacy have averaged this season in standard formats. In short, Bernard would be an RB2 (instead of an RB1) if he splits carries with Hill. In PPR formats, he would score an estimated 13.3 PPG, which is a bit more than what Eddie Lacy has scored this season, so he'd be more of a low-end RB1 in PPR.
As for Hill, a 50/50 split in carries represents an increase to 13.3 touches per game (from 9.0). He has scored around 0.90 FP per touch in standard formats, so that would result in an estimated 12.0 FP on a 13.3-touch workload, which is more than Bernard's estimate. If we only prorate his pre-Week 9 production (i.e. not counting his huge game against the Jaguars), he would score about 10.7 PPG in standard formats, which is still a bit more more than Bernard. He would average about 12.5 in PPR formats, which is about what Shane Vereen has produced this season. Hill would be a high-end RB2 in a 50/50 split, though the Bengals may still favor Bernard in the running game, so consider this the best case scenario for HIll.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:25pm
Foster has caught 24 passes on those routes for 166 yards, which ranks 13th in the league among running backs. Foster also has two receiving touchdowns, more than all running backs except Ahmad Bradshaw, Forte and Marshawn Lynch.
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