Patriots take elusive Cal RB Shane Vereen, trade 60th

Patriots take elusive Cal RB Shane Vereen, trade 60th

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com
The highest-drafted member of the Patriots' running back crew came on board around 8 p.m. Friday night. Shane Vereen, a 5-9, 210 pound running back from Cal who bears eerie on-field similarities to Kevin Faulk, was the 56th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Vereen ran for 2,843 yards in three seasons with the Golden Bears and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. He scored 25 rushing touchdowns in his final two seasons at Cal. He's also an able receiver, catching 22 and 25 passes in his last two seasons at Cal. Vereen - cousin of entertainer Ben Vereen - says that former Cal back Jahvid Best is maybe a step or two faster than he is but that he sees a lot of similarities in their games. Here' are some Vereen highlights.Meanwhile, New England made its second trade of the draft at No. 60, taking the Texans' third (78th) and fifth (138) round picks this year. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

Gronkowski put on IR, officially ending his season

The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season. 

The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster. 

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.

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