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New England Patriots Signings: Patriots Sign Rookie RBs Shane Vereen And Ras-I Dowling

The New England Patriots backfield is finally complete. 

The Pats announced recently that they've agreed to terms on deals with two more 2011 draftees, running backs Shane Vereen and Ras-I Dowling

Vereen and Dowling add youth and depth to a spot at which New England is already fairly flush, with Kevin Faulk, Sammy Morris and Danny Woodhead signed and BenJarvus Green-Ellis expected to sign his restricted free agent tender at some point in the near future, but they also ensure the continued excellence of New England at that spot.

With Faulk and Morris around for at least one more year, Vereen and Dowling will both be able to learn from some of the game's best pass-blocking, third-down backs, which will undoubtedly serve the Patriots well, especially if they want to use Woodhead in a receiver's role, and continue to utilize the Law Firm as a pure downhill runner, which he showed signs of being able to do successfully last year.