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Shane Vereen has been getting plenty of hype lately. Since most of the Patriots' offensive weapons from a year ago are gone (or in Rob Gronkowski’s case, hurt), Vereen has become more and more valuable to New England.
The 2011 second-round draft pick hasn’t done a lot so far in his NFL career, but that’s expected to change in 2013. Vereen will take over the void left by the loss of Danny Woodhead. Woodhead finished in the top 30 of running backs last year in fantasy after putting up 747 rushing and receiving yards.
Vereen can, and likely will, produce even better numbers than that. On Vereen’s 88 touches (including the postseason) last year he averaged 6.4 yards and scored seven touchdowns. After producing so much on so few touches, it’s no wonder why people expect a big year from him.
If Vereen can average 6.4 yards and get as many touches as he and Woodhead combined for in 2012, he would put up nearly 1,200 yards of offense. That’s not bad for someone being drafted in the sixth round.
Those numbers are a little higher than what’s expected of him, but it’s a good estimate of how high his ceiling is. His floor would be Woodhead’s numbers from a year ago, which weren’t bad.