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Brady: Shane Vereen's role 'hugely important'
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 11:18am
“Since the middle of last year, he has really emerged and developed into that role,” Tom Brady said. “I think the best part is he really understands the importance and magnitude of that role and takes a lot of pride in it. It’s a hugely important part of our offense.”
Vereen had 21 touches back in Week 1, and he registered nine touches (including eight catches) in Week 11, playing 47% of the snaps. He projects to be a low-end RB2 the rest of the way, but has more value in PPR formats.
Mike McCoy: Keenan Allen will play Week 12
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 10:16am
A day after his team’s disappointing loss to the Miami Dolphins, San Diego coach Mike McCoy provided some updates on players who suffered injuries against Miami.
McCoy said rookie receiver Keenan Allen, who appeared to suffer a knee injury in the second half, should be available this week. Allen played in 49 of the possible 65 plays on offense for the Chargers.
“He’s fine,” McCoy said. “He’ll be playing, which is great.”
We were getting indications Monday that Allen was going to be ok, but now it looks like he's an official go for Week 12. The Bolts continue a stretch of tough passing matchups the next three weeks with Kansas City, Cincy and the NY Giants. However Allen should still be a WR2 option when our rankings come out later this week.
Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:34pm
At 6-6, 240-pounds, he’s quickly making his presence felt with big play after big play. After appearing in only four games as a rookie, Green is blossoming before the Bolts very eyes. In 10 games this year, he has caught 11 balls for 229 yards, averaging a gaudy 20.8 yards per catch. His best game came Sunday against the Dolphins with an impressive four reception, 81-yard effort. Both were career highs for the Louisiana-Lafayette product.
Over the course of the season, Philip Rivers has learned that when he gives number 89 a chance to make a play, he’ll usually be rewarded.
“It was just some of the way those plays came up,” Rivers said. “We know what he’s capable of and he’s going to continue to have a role for us in the passing game and in the running game. He was big for us with a couple of big catches.”
Shane Vereen IN, Brandon Bolden OUT for MNF
Monday, November 18, 2013, 7:21pm
Shane Vereen is active and expected to be "eased in" per Adam Schefter, though that could mean many different things as we've seen in recent weeks with Andre Brown and Percy Harvin. Both Bolden and Washington are inactive, so Vereen should be the primary passing down RB. Combined, Vereen and Danny Woodhead saw an average of 11.6 touches in 2012, so expect 10-13 touches in a bad matchup with the Panthers. Shutdown CB Aqib Talib is also active.
Beat: Keenan Allen had knee hypertension
Monday, November 18, 2013, 9:43am
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen had a tough first play to the fourth quarter. He suffered a right knee injury, forcing him to be a spectator for a two-minute drill that fell short in a 20-16 loss to the Dolphins.
“Just hope for the best,” Allen said of his sideline thoughts for the final sequence. “Can't do anything about it.”
The early sense is Allen suffered a hypertension. In 2012, he missed the end of his junior season at California with a knee injury, that one to his left.
Later Monday afternoon, HC Mike McCoy said Allen is going to be fine. He showed no apparent limp when walking after the game. Looks like Allen and owners, dodged a bullet here.
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