New York Giants: Predicting 5 Key Contributors

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Aug 9, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen (34) during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

5. Shane Vereen

Shane Vereen is a newcomer on this Giants’ squad, but he will be welcomed with high praise. Vereen is a very versatile player in the passing and running game. He played a huge role in helping the New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX. Vereen will be asked to do the same thing he did for the Patriots, except he will be giving his services to one of their arch rivals.

Vereen was desperately needed on the Giants’ offense. The West coast offense Ben McAdoo runs had a lot of short passes and screens. That is where Vereen becomes so important. He would be able to make the most out of these kinds of plays. The Giants don’t have many players that can fit the mold a screen play.

Rashad Jennings isn’t quick enough and is more of a power back. He did not perform well when he ran screens last season. Andre Williams is more of a third down and goal line back. Plus, Williams struggles catching passes. He hardly caught the ball in college and it seems to have transferred over to the NFL.

Vereen may not put up shiny numbers, but he will be a very reliable pass catcher and have a big effect on the Giants’ ability to move down the field. Vereen could be used in many different kinds of situations, which makes him very dangerous.

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