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Ex-Patriots RB Shane Vereen is now a FOX college football analyst, per report

Ex-Patriots RB Shane Vereen is now a FOX college football analyst, per report

Add Shane Vereen to the list of former New England Patriots players to find a second career in broadcasting.

FOX has hired the ex-Patriots running back as an analyst covering college football games this season, the New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported Monday. According to Marchand, Vereen will join the broadcast team of Justin Kutcher and Petros Papadakis.

Vereen joined the Patriots in 2011 as a second-round pick out of the University of California and carved out a solid role as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. He recorded a team-high 11 receptions in Super Bowl XLIX to help the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks.

New England let Vereen walk in 2015, and he latched on with the Giants to play three more NFL seasons. Injuries eventually derailed Vereen's playing career, as he signed with the New Orleans Saints prior to the 2018 season but was placed on injured reserve and later released with an injury settlement.

The 30-year-old apparently has found a new calling, though, joining the likes of Willie McGinest (NFL Network) and Tedy Bruschi (ESPN) of ex-Patriots joining the national media ranks. (Several former Patriots also have joined the NBC Sports Boston team at various points, including Jerod Mayo, Troy Brown and Rob Ninkovich.)

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C.J. Mosley injury: Jets could be without star linebacker vs. Patriots in Week 3

C.J. Mosley injury: Jets could be without star linebacker vs. Patriots in Week 3

New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley hasn't officially been ruled out for Sunday's Week 3 game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium, but it wouldn't be shocking if he doesn't play. 

The star linebacker, who the Jets signed to a massive contract in NFL free agency over the offseason, will miss another practice Thursday as he battles a groin injury. 

Here's the latest update from Jets head coach Adam Gase:

Mosley, who didn't play in the Jets' Week 2 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Monday night, also missed Wednesday's practice. He was one of 11 Jets players who didn't practice or were limited participants in the session.

The Jets defense already has a tough challenge coming up against a high-powered Patriots offense that's scored 76 points over the first two weeks of the season, and the loss of Mosley on Sunday would be a huge setback. Mosley is one of the league's most talented linebackers. He can stop the run, help out in pass coverage and is a leader on the field. 

Mosley made an immediate impact in the Jets' season opener against the Buffalo Bills. He tallied six tackles, two passes defensed, one fumble recovery and an interception returned for a touchdown. Tom Brady and the Patriots offense would benefit greatly without the four-time Pro Bowler on the field.

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Patriots are dominating the NFL in this important defensive stat

Patriots are dominating the NFL in this important defensive stat

One of the most important aspects of football is tackling, and the New England Patriots do it better than every NFL team. Literally.

The Patriots, according to Pro Football Focus' Louie Benjamin, lead the NFL in missed tackle percentage through the first two weeks of the 2019 season. The team at the bottom of the rankings is the Tennessee Titans, who are coached by former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Tackling is a huge point of emphasis on the practice field for the Patriots, and the results of that hard work clearly are being shown in a positive light on Sundays. 

The Patriots defense is off to a fantastic start overall. The unit has allowed just three points in two games -- a feat no team has accomplished since the Buffalo Bills in 1981.

New England also has forced five interceptions over two weeks, and two of them were returned for touchdowns in the team's 43-0 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

The Patriots defense should continue to roll through opponents with relative ease given the softness of their upcoming schedule. It's possible the Patriots don't play against a starting quarterback with more than two years of experience until Week 11.

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