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Cal running back Shane Vereen talks about joining the Patriots

04.29.11 at 9:07 pm ET
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Third-round pick Shane Vereen just wrapped up a quick conference call with the New England media. Here are a few of the highlights — we’ll have some more from Vereen along shortly.

On being a third-down back…
I think coming in I just see myself as a player just looking for an opportunity to play the game — any position that they need me in, I’ll be more than willing and enthusiastic to do it.

Describe yourself as a running back…
I would take pride in myself being able to do all things that are called upon for a running back — catching the ball, pass protection, running the ball. Anything that I’m called upon to do I always take pride on doing that to the best of my ability and being good in all three phases.

Improve the most in one area?
I think the area that I most need to improve in is my pass-protection technique.

What do you think it will take for you to get to that level?
Correct. I think with the coaching I’ll receive in New England and the talent I’ll be surrounded by, I think I’ll come along.

Are you familiar with Kevin Faulk?
Yes, somewhat. … What I remember from watching Kevin Faulk when I was younger is just that he’s a back that did everything. They’ve used him out of the backfield a lot on screens. I believe he was an every down back — he’s done a lot of things well. That’s all I can really say. I know he’s a very, very talented and successful running back.

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