OWINGS MILLS - Shane Vereen is kind of like what Kevin Faulk was for the New England Patriots for many years, a multi-dimensional-type running back who the Patriots like to utilize in the passing game.
Ravens inside linebacker Josh Bynes compared Vereen to Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush.
Vereen may not be the same caliber of player as Bush, but Baltimore is preparing for him heading into its game against New England on Sunday.
"He is such a dynamic receiver out of the backfield," Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees said. "It is a little bit like last week in Detroit when you had Bush.
"The guy is a good runner. He is a very good runner. ... But he is [also] just a really good receiver, very fast, and he has been a weapon."
Vereen only got five touches last week as the Patriots' other running backs, LeGarrette Blount and Steven Ridley, saw more of the workload. But Vereen had 12 catches for 153 yards against the Cleveland Browns the week before.
Vereen missed more than two months earlier this year after breaking his wrist, but he has accounted for 75 yards or more in five of the six games he has played in, combining rushing and receiving.
He had five catches or more in five of those games.
He only had three catches last week, but he was targeted seven times.
The Ravens think the Patriots may use Vereen even more in the passing game going forward with tight end Rob Gronkowski done for the year with a knee injury, and they expect him to factor into New England's game plan on Sunday.
"Shane Vereen is definitely one of those guys that you can't sleep on," Bynes said. "He's definitely a threat. He has 40 catches this year for a reason. He's one of their top guys. They like to throw him because he has good hands, good speed and good feet.
"He's like a receiver and a running back and can do it all."

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