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Shane Vereen | Running Back

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/2/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
College: California
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Recent News expects the Giants to utilize Shane Vereen as more than a third-down back.
The Giants were fond of three-receiver sets last season, using them 65 percent of the time on 1st-and-10. Speaking Wednesday, coach Tom Coughlin praised Vereen's effectiveness out of three-receiver sets. "Quite frankly, it's something from an attack standpoint we've had some success with, but not to the extent that he has," Coughlin said. "First down, if it was zone coverage, (the Patriots) were dropping the ball down and he would scoot." It's wise of the G-Men to avoid pigeonholing their new back, but he's still third on the early-down totem pole behind Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Mar 26 - 5:17 PM

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Giants agreed to terms with RB Shane Vereen, formerly of the Patriots, on a three-year, $12 million contract with $5 million guaranteed.

Vereen will be joining another committee in New York, divvying up touches with Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Giants media has expected Jennings' roster spot to be safe even if the team added another runner. Vereen and Jennings' injury histories are another reason for New York to keep all three backs. Vereen's arrival is likely bad news for Williams, as his role figures to be scaled back on early downs. Jennings will be the primary first- and second-down pounder, with Vereen doing his typical work in passing situations. His arrival dents Jennings' PPR upside.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants are "expected to sign" free agent RB Shane Vereen.

The G-Men have really been the only team connected to Vereen in recent days. They want a pass-catching back to complement bruiser Andre Williams and do-it-all RB Rashad Jennings. It's not an ideal landing spot for Vereen's fantasy owners, as there are going to be so many mouths to feed in this offense.
Mar 10 - 12:53 PM

A source tells the New York Daily News the Giants are "very serious" about trying to sign free agent RB Shane Vereen.

The source added it's at least possible Vereen will sign with the Giants on Tuesday afternoon. He'd add diversity to a backfield that currently consists of bruiser Andre Williams and aging Rashad Jennings. The Patriots could then compensate by going after Roy Helu as their new passing back. Vereen is said to be seeking $3.5 million per year. He turned 26 years old last week.
Mar 10 - 7:40 AM

The Giants have reportedly shown significant interest in free agent RB Shane Vereen.

The Giants are in need of a passing back to complement bruisers Andre Williams and Rashad Jennings. Vereen certainly fits that bill and is only expected to command $3.5M in average annual salary. The Jets are also reportedly interested in the ex-Patriot.
Mar 9 - 8:27 PM

The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reports the Jets have identified free agent Shane Vereen as a potential target if they can't re-sign Bilal Powell.

Why is Bilal Powell standing in the way of more talented players? We have no idea. But the Jets really want him back, and the Bills are reportedly set to make a run at him as well. Just on talent alone, Vereen blows Powell out of the water. He'd be an ideal complement to big-bodied bruiser Chris Ivory.
Mar 8 - 2:18 PM

Free agent RB Shane Vereen is now reportedly seeking $3.5M per season.

Just a few weeks ago, Vereen was laughably looking for $5M per season. This $3.5M number is far more palatable for a quality passing back, but the Patriots "have shown no willingness to touch that," according to the Boston Herald. So it sounds like Vereen will be playing elsewhere in 2015. He'll draw plenty of interest at his revised asking price.
Mar 5 - 9:40 AM

Free agent RB Shane Vereen denied a report that he's seeking $5 million annually.

Rotoworld's No. 7 available running back, Vereen was never a realistic candidate to get $5 million on the open market. He should draw interest from multiple teams, but isn't going to break the bank. Vereen will likely settle for a deal in the range of three years and $10.5 million.
Feb 27 - 7:26 PM

A source tells the Boston Herald that free agent RB Shane Vereen is hoping to land $5M per season on his next contract.

It's wishful thinking from Vereen, who is obviously looking to go high in negotiations. The bigger takeaway is that he fully plans to hit the open market and not re-sign with the Patriots before March 10. Vereen, a fine passing back, should be aiming for something around the three-year, $10.5M deal Darren Sproles got from the Eagles.
Feb 19 - 11:54 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports three years and $10.5 million may be the starting point for free agent Shane Vereen's next contract.

If Vereen wants that kind of money -- which he's certainly worth -- Reiss finds it hard to see the Patriots matching it. The Patriots haven't been known to pay up for free-agent running backs. Vereen turns 26 next month and is one of the top receiving backs in the league with room to grow. Reiss suggests Jacksonville as a potentially "strong suitor" for Vereen.
Source: ESPN Boston
Feb 15 - 10:03 AM

Shane Vereen rushed four times for 13 yards and caught a game-high 11 passes for 64 yards in the Patriots' Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seahawks.

Finally, a "Vereen Game." Unpredictable from a usage standpoint all season, Vereen was a huge part of New England's SB49 game plan, racking up catches on screens and checkdowns to move the sticks. He had seven receptions in the first half alone. Vereen is an adept pass protector and one of the best receiving backs in football. If the price is right, we suspect the Patriots will try to re-sign him. If not, Vereen could be a more consistent offensive contributor elsewhere. The impending free agent turns 26 in March.
Feb 1 - 11:15 PM

Shane Vereen rushed one time for two yards and caught three passes for 41 yards in Sunday's AFC Championship Game win over the Colts.

The Patriots predictably took a power approach against the Colts, just as they had in the last two meetings. That meant a heavy dose of LeGarrette Blount, who finished with 30-148-3 on the ground. Vereen's lone big play came on a nice 30-yard vertical grab in which he held on even though he was getting clotheslined by Jerrell Freeman. In theory, Vereen should have a big role in the Super Bowl as a space player against Seattle's fierce defense. But he hasn't had more than seven touches in a game since Week 12.
Jan 18 - 11:38 PM

Shane Vereen caught 4-of-5 targets for 39 yards in the Patriots' Divisional Round win over the Ravens.

Vereen rushed only once for six yards, as the Pats didn't bother with a run game. Vereen also coughed up a fourth-quarter fumble, but it was overturned on review. It's worth noting that he didn't touch the ball thereafter. Vereen will be a high-risk, moderate-reward RB2 in conference championship week daily games.
Jan 10 - 9:01 PM

Shane Vereen rushed twice for one yard and caught three passes for 14 yards Week 17 against the Bills.

Vereen was very limited in the meaningless season finale. He did not see much of the field in the first half, and did not have a touch or target after halftime. Vereen was dealing with an ankle injury heading into the game, but his lack of involvement had more to do with the nature of the game. He will be good to go when the Patriots open the playoffs in two weeks.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 04:02:00 PM

Shane Vereen (ankle) is listed as questionable for Week 17.

Vereen's status isn't in doubt, but his workload is up in the air in a game where the Patriots may rest their starters. LeGarrette Blount is questionable and Jonas Gray has been ruled out, so Vereen could lead the Patriots in carries this week.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 05:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Ricky Stanzi
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Chris Ogbonnaya
5Orleans Darkwa
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Rueben Randle
3Corey Washington
4Kevin Ogletree
WR21Victor Cruz
2Dwayne Harris
3Preston Parker
4Juron Criner
WR31Rueben Randle
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
4Jerome Cunningham
K1Josh Brown
2Chris Boswell