The versatile third-year running back has submitted two huge performances so far during the 2013 Patriots season. In a season-opening win over the Bills, he ran for 101 yards on 14 carries and also contributed 58 yards on seven receptions. And during the Patriots’ come-from-behind win over the Browns in Week 14, he was the offense after Rob Gronkowski suffered what would be a season-ending knee injury during the game. Vereen had 12 catches for 153 yards in the 27-26 win.
The Patriots don’t have a more electrifying player on their current roster, but to take the next step, he needs to remain healthy: He’s never played more than 13 games in a season, and was limited to eight in the regular season this year because of injuries.