New England Patriots: former players they will face in 2015

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Shane Vereen

The Patriots are famously shrewd with their running backs. They view just about every player at the position as replaceable, so that’s why they weren’t willing to pay Vereen the three-year, $12 million-plus deal that the Giants handed him this offseason.

We’ll miss Vereen, but not that much. The Patriots have Travaris Cadet and James White to handle receiving duties out of the backfield. That being said, the Patriots’ defense had better be ready to cover their old teammate when they travel to the Meadowlands in Week 10.

Jonathan Casillas

Casillas came to the Patriots in a mid-October trade last season, and he was an important contributor in eight regular season games, recording 21 tackles and a forced fumble. During the postseason run, Casillas made two tackles.

No doubt he was a useful player, but again, the Giants were willing to pay more than the Patriots for Casillas’ services.

Daniel Fells

Fells spent the 2012 season in New England, starting four of the 13 games he suited-up for. The journeyman tight end only caught four passes, and he was released the following offseason. I, for one, was always frustrated by Fells’ slowness. Any of the Patriots’ linebackers could own him in a one-on-one matchup.

Of course, Vereen is who the Patriots will have to worry about the most out of this trio on November 15th.

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