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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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Shane Vereen rushed five times for 21 yards in the Giants' Week 4 win over the Bills.
He wasn't targeted in the passing game after catching 12 passes across the first three games. If Vereen isn't making noise as a pass catcher, he's useless in fantasy. He's behind both Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams for carries. Vereen lined up out wide a couple times Sunday, but he's barely a FLEX play in PPR. Oct 4 - 5:27 PM

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Shane Vereen might line up as a wide receiver Sunday against the Bills.

"We'll use him, anybody we can," said OC Ben McAdoo. "We need 11. So we'll play with 11 healthy bodies if that's all we have." The Giants were hoping to have Victor Cruz back this week but he's still dealing with a calf injury. Vereen lined up at wide receiver on 111 snaps for the Patriots last year. He's already been targeted 16 times this season, tied for second-most on the team.
Oct 2 - 8:41 AM

Shane Vereen rushed six times for 23 yards in New York's Week 3 win over the Redskins.

Vereen was held without a catch on three targets in the passing game, though he committed his customary drop in the process. It was a drive killer in the second half. Stuck in a three-man rotation with Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, Vereen has been the Giants' most-effective back this season, but that's not saying much. At best, he remains what he was in New England, a low-floor FLEX option. He won't be a recommended play against the Bills in Week 4.
Sep 25 - 12:20 AM

Shane Vereen rushed six times for 19 yards in New York's Week 2 loss to the Falcons, adding eight receptions for 76 yards.

Vereen led the G-Men's backfield in touches as they ramped up the pace after halftime. 62 of Vereen's 95 yards came after the break. Vereen was supremely ineffective when used between the tackles, but was making defenders miss as a receiver in the open field. He'll remain a FLEX option for Thursday night's game against the Redskins.
Sep 20 - 6:59 PM

Shane Vereen caught four passes for 46 yards in Sunday night's Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, adding three carries for 14 yards.

With Eli Manning checking down all game, Vereen was the Giants leading receiver. He played in all pass situations over Rashad Jennings. Vereen has limited touchdown upside, but will be a gameflow-dependent RB3 for Week 2 against the Eagles.
Sep 14 - 1:19 AM

Shane Vereen netted nine yards on three carries while also grabbing three catches for 30 yards in Saturday’s preseason loss to the Jets.

Most of Vereen’s receiving output came on a 19-yard catch that was aided by great edge blocking. Vereen certainly has the chops to be a useful fantasy contributor in the Giants' fast-paced offense. New York uses a ton of no-huddle packages, where Vereen could be a staple this season.
Aug 29 - 10:12 PM

Shane Vereen racked up 27 yards on four first-half touches in Saturday's preseason game against the Jaguars.

He followed his blocks to a nice 10-yard gain and also hauled in a 14-yard reception. Vereen emerged as one of the league's better passing-down backs with New England while also becoming a fixture in PPR leagues.
Aug 22 - 9:48 PM

Shane Vereen rushed two times for four yards in the Giants' preseason opener.

Vereen saw the same number of carries as Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, but he was used primarily as a passing-down back. The Giants' defense is so bad, just being the passing-down option could get Vereen a lot of touches, but he is clearly behind Williams and Jennings for early-down work.
Aug 14 - 8:47 PM

Shane Vereen led Giants running backs in first-team reps at Tuesday's practice.

He logged 13 snaps with the first team compared to nine for Rashad Jennings and only three for Andre Williams. Jennings is listed atop the team's running back depth chart, but that doesn't mean he'll get the most work. Even if Jennings does get most of New York's early-down touches this season, Vereen will still have plenty of fantasy value, particularly in PPR leagues.
Aug 12 - 8:54 AM

The Giants like Shane Vereen as their pass protection running back.

Rashad Jennings will open the season as the early-down back, with Vereen mixing in. But if the Giants' shaky offensive line can't protect Eli Manning, Vereen could end up with more snaps than originally thought. We already know he's going to handle a majority of passing downs, no-huddle and two/four-minute drill work. Vereen was also utilized heavily as a runner during OTAs.
Jul 20 - 8:16 AM

According to's Jordan Raanan, Shane Vereen "is not just going to be a third-down back" in his first year with the Giants.

Raanan says Vereen caught "pass after pass" at spring work, seeming to find his way "onto the field constantly." Said OC Ben McAdoo of Vereen, "He can be a quarterback's best friend in a way in the passing game." The spring buzz on Vereen has begun to show up in his ADP. Vereen is now going in the middle of round seven, just a round and a half behind Giants starter Rashad Jennings.
Jun 19 - 1:34 PM's Jordan Raanan says Shane Vereen is "going to be a big part of the offense."

This is the second beat reporter in the last seven days to single out Vereen as someone standing out during OTAs. He will handle the passing back work, be featured in a no-huddle look the Giants use a ton of and will spell 30-year-old Rashad Jennings. Per Raanan, Vereen "caught pass after pass out of the backfield, in particular in the red zone" during Monday's work.
Jun 9 - 9:45 AM

ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano gets the idea Shane Vereen "might be more important than initially thought."

Vereen's main role will be as a third-down back, catching passes and helping protect Eli Manning. But Rashad Jennings is 30 years old and couldn't stay healthy last year, and Andre Williams was brutally ineffective. It's very possible Vereen, who is getting plenty of inside reps at OTAs, will earn more playing time as the year moves along. That will especially be true if the Giants use as much no-huddle as they did last year.
Jun 2 - 10:31 AM 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

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.

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Victor Cruz
3Myles White
WR21Rueben Randle
2Dwayne Harris
3Geremy Davis
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Jerome Cunningham
4Will Tye
LT1Ereck Flowers
LG1Justin Pugh
C1Weston Richburg
2Dallas Reynolds
RG1Geoff Schwartz
2John Jerry
RT1Marshall Newhouse
2Bobby Hart
K1Josh Brown