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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 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

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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.

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Eli Manning
2Ryan Nassib
3Ricky Stanzi
RB1Rashad Jennings
2Shane Vereen
3Andre Williams
4Orleans Darkwa
5Akeem Hunt
GLB1Rashad Jennings
2Andre Williams
3RB1Shane Vereen
2Rashad Jennings
FB1Henry Hynoski
2Nikita Whitlock
WR11Odell Beckham
2Victor Cruz
3Corey Washington
4Preston Parker
5Julian Talley
WR21Rueben Randle
2Dwayne Harris
3James Jones
4Geremy Davis
5Juron Criner
WR31Victor Cruz
TE1Larry Donnell
2Daniel Fells
3Adrien Robinson
4Jerome Cunningham
5Will Tye
K1Josh Brown