New York Giants: Shane Vereen Brings Fire


In this year’s free agency, it seems like the New York Giants have a low key and quiet approach. Their biggest free agency signing so far has been running back Shane Vereen. Like most fans, I was shocked and happy. Vereen spent four years with the New England Patriots and was their top running back that was a dual-threat in both their rushing and passing attack.

In his 2014 season with the Patriots, Vereen had 907 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns and 107 receptions with 7 receiving touchdowns. Vereen and his explosive play style helped his former team win Super Bowl 49.

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At the Super Bowl, he ran for 64 yards, caught 11 passes and helped keep those chains moving with five first downs.

After watching his video highlights, I noticed that he can securely carry the ball up the middle, break tackles of defending opponents and has a knack for first downs. This is something the Giants definitely needed to address.

Vereen’s stellar performance definitely caught the eye of the Giants. With Big Blue cutting ties with running back Peyton Hillis, they looked to rebuild at the running back position. By signing Vereen, this truly helped build the Giants running back core.

It reminded me of the 2007 trio at running back which consisted of Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward, and Ahmad Bradshaw. They were known in the NFL as “earth, wind, and fire”. Now in 2015, the re-emergence of that “earth, wind, and fire” nickname is holding true for Rashad Jennings “earth”, Andre Williams “wind”, and Vereen brings that much needed “fire” igniting the Giants offense.

Vereen has been excited to come to Big Blue this offseason and he believes it’s a step up to anything he’s done in the past to be playing for the Giants. His humbleness and work ethic will make him a big asset for years to come with the G-Men.

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