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Shane Vereen helping Patriots fill void left by Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez
Shane Vereen helping Patriots fill void left by Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez

Offense in the NFL is all about identifying mismatches and exploiting them, something the New England Patriots were able to do on a weekly basis when they had tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Gronkowski was an in-line monster for the Patriots before blowing out his knee two weeks ago, stomping all over secondaries that couldn’t match his rare blend of size, strength and body control. Before going to prison, Hernandez was their joker, lining up at a bunch of different spots, from the backfield to out wide. Now that those two are out of the picture, the Patriots are using versatile running back Shane Vereen, a second-round draft pick two years ago, to keep opponents...

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