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Bucs plan to use a 'one-two punch' in backfield
Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:00pm
Unlike former head coach Greg Schiano, who preferred to give the bulk of the carries to a single back such as Doug Martin, new OC Jeff Tedford plans to use a two- and maybe even three-back scheme that constantly forces defenses to adjust to his personnel.
“When I was at (the University of California) we were always very fortunate to have two very good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch or Lynch and Justin Forsett, or Lynch and Jahvid Best or Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen,’’ Tedford said Wednesday.
“We really had a good one-two punch in the backfield there and I think that’s what you need. For one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, is a lot. So (we’re looking) to have two and probably three backs that can provide different things for you.’’
We don't have to read between the lines to see that Martin may not get the workhorse-type touches that he received in his first season. Still, he'll very likely be the lead back and hold 2nd/3rd round value heading into 2014 fantasy drafts.
Vereen, Dobson, Thompkins active for Patriots
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:23pm
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 11:53am
ESPN Boston expects Shane Vereen to be inactive:
The running back was held out of last Sunday's win after leaving with a groin injury, and if this was the playoffs, he'd be ready to go.
The possibility of the team holding him back as a precaution makes some sense. This is a late afternoon game so if you planned to play Vereen, you should have a backup plan.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:07pm
Pats RB Shane Vereen (groin) is present at the Tuesday walk through.
It could mean he has a chance to play Week 17 after getting hurt (groin) last week and not returning.
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 8:19pm
WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip) has been downgraded to out.
Saturday, December 21, 2013, 8:16pm
The rookie wide receiver traveled with the Patriots to Baltimore, according to a source, making it possible that his three-week absence due to a foot sprain comes to an end Sunday. While there is no guarantee that he plays, it's worth noting that Dobson did not travel with the Patriots for last week's game against the Miami Dolphins.
WRs Dobson, Thompkins ruled OUT for Patriots
Saturday, December 14, 2013, 8:54pm
Vereen, Amendola 'pivotal' in replacing Gronk
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 10:36am
Vereen has proven to be among the most important players on the Patriots offense, averaging eight catches per game, second most in the NFL. His soft hands and open-field running make him the ideal fit to line up on Brady's hip when the Patriots turn to their up-tempo, often shotgun approach.
Amendola, meanwhile, has had sufficient production this season, but not necessarily in line with what many expected after a standout preseason that drew comparisons to the receiver he's helped to replace, Wes Welker.
As the stakes raise and the postseason draws nearer, both Amendola and Vereen will be pivotal in the attempt to ensure that this version of the offense without Gronk surpasses the one witnessed earlier this season.
Amendola was knocked out of Week 6 with a head injury, but caught 10 passes for 104 yards in Week 1 and another four catches for 55 yards in Week 5 with Gronkowski sidelined. He's been fairly quiet of late, but that will change if he starts to see double-digit targets.