The Patriots were trailing 12-0 in the third quarter when Gronk’s knee was torn apart by the helmet of Cleveland’s T.J. Ward. Everyone on offense knew their job just got a little tougher, but there was no pep-talk needed.
“Nothing had to be said,” running back Shane Vereen told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak on Wednesday. “We just went out there and ran the same plays and just executed. The ball went to a few different people, it came to me more, but that’s what the offense has to do. When a key part of our offense like Gronk goes down, everyone has to step up around him.”
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Vereen went on to lead the Patriots in receptions in Sunday’s comeback win, hauling in 12 catches for 153 yards on 17 targets "
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