ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss is reporting that running back Shane Vereen 's wrist is still not as strong as it was pre-injury in Week One of 2013. "It's not going to feel great tomorrow, it's not going to feel awful. It won't be 100 percent probably for a while, but it's good enough and I'm working on strengthening it and getting it back," Vereen said.
Vereen (primarily used in the passing game) missed eight games in 2013, but still finished third on the team in receptions with 47. He tallied 427 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. He also added 208 rushing yards on 44 carries.
Vereen was a hot commodity heading into 2013 PPR leagues. He was expected to be extremely involved in the Patriots passing game, which had just lost TE Aaron Hernandez, WR Wes Welker, and was still unsure of how TE Rob Gronkowski's health was going to cooperate. When he did play, Vereen didn't disappoint. He started the season off with a bang, rushing for 101 yards, while catching seven balls for another 58 yards in Week One. However, the wrist injury sustained in that game at Buffalo forced him to miss the next eight games.
This is just a little bit of news in a slow news, week before the draft world. I fully expect Vereen to be healthy and back to his normal self in 2014. WIth LeGarrette Blount gone, he should also be more involved in the running game, along with Stevan Ridley . In a recent 12 team, FFWC Draft-n-Go Draft, #31 ranked High Stakes pro, Kurt Kuekes, took Vereen as his RB1 in the third round. This speaks to the belief I have. If Vereen stays healthy, he's capable of putting up top 10 fantasy RB numbers in 2014 PPR leagues. 80-90 receptions is well within his capabilities.