• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Giants running back Shane Vereen held without a catch in Week 4

    Giants running back Shane Vereen rushed for 21 yards on five carries in Sunday's win over Buffalo. Vereen has now been held without a reception in consecutive games after catching a pass in 23 of his last 24 games as a member of the Patriots. Unlike Week 3's contest against Washington where he was targeted three times, Vereen didn't see a pass come his way in Buffalo. It is too early to make any sweeping claims about Vereen's role in New York as he caught 12 passes in the team's first two games, but given that he ranks third on the Giants' pecking order for carries, he is likely no better than a bye-week fill-in until further notice.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Giants RB Shane Vereen nets 95 total yards in loss

    Giants running back Shane Vereen caught all eight of his targets for 76 yards in Sunday's game against the Falcons. He also gained 19 yards on six carries in the 24-20 defeat. Despite the mild rushing total, Vereen showed his trademark effectiveness in the passing game, finishing second on the team in targets and receiving yardage. No wideout besides Odell Beckham topped 17 yards receiving on the day and Vereen will likely remain heavily involved in that capacity until another receiver steps up. The Giants will welcome the Redskins to town in Week 3.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Shane Vereen felt Giants were best fit for him in free agency

    Running back Shane Veeren had a lot of options in free agency. The market is usually big for good players coming off a championship, per csnne.com. Vereen fielded a number of offers from NFL teams but quickly decided the Giants were the best fit for him. "There were other offers, but I felt like this was the right fit for me. I felt like this was the right place for me. And I haven't looked back yet," Vereen said. "It's been a learning process, but it's been fun. I couldn't even tell you [how many offers I had] because it all happened so fast. Free agency opened and then by about noon West Coast time I was going to be a Giant. It happened so quickly, so I don't even know if there was much thought process. There were a couple offers, but once I head the Giants were interested, I was very interested as well." Vereen rushed for 391 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots last season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Giants new RB Shane Vereen showing versatility in OTAs

    Giants new running back Shane Vereen is receiving a surprising amount of work in OTAs as both a ball carrier and pass-catcher. "So far, so good," he told ESPN. "I'm just trying to keep my feet on the ground and learn everything I can to stay on top of the playbook." The free agent who signed after helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl is battling Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams for playing time out of the backfield. He has been used in practice as more than just a third-down back. And he has impressed Tom Coughlin. "He's a vey positive young man who's happy to be here and looks forward to contributing," Coughlin said. "When we brought him in, we thought, 'Here's a guy that catches the ball out of the backfield and would be another obvious weapon that would have to be defended.'" Vereen racked up 838 yards and five touchdowns combined rushing and receiving a year ago.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Giants RB Shane Vereen will be more than third-down back

    Giants running back Shane Vereen is being viewed as much more than just a third-down running back, according to nj.com. The team is excited about his ability to catch passes out of the backfield, but he'll be relied on to do more than that. "I see him in that regard as a pass receiver coming out of the backfield, a pass protector, a guy who runs the ball in the three-wide offense in the run game, if you will, which is very prevalent today in our sport," coach Tom Coughlin said at the NFL Annual Meetings this week. "So I see him in that regard." Last season the Giants did not have one receiving touchdown by a running back. Vereen, formerly of the Patriots, had three receiving touchdowns out of the backfield last year. "Well, you know what [Vereen] can do. 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. "When you look at Vereen, a lot of the [Tom] Brady hookup with Vereen was the ball was almost automatically going to him. First down, if it was zone coverage, they were dropping the ball down and he would scoot. So we know that. Will we open it up to more parts of it?" The 26-year-old has 907 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on the ground, adding 107 receptions for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns through the air in four years.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Giants make RB Shane Vereen signing official, ink four others

    The Giants announced they've signed running back Shane Vereen late Wednesday night. The New York Daily News previously reported that Vereen is being signed to a three-year, $12.35 million deal. Vereen rushed for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He added 447 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the passing game as well. "(I made this) decision with my family," Vereen said, via the team's official website. "At the end of the day, I wanted to make a decision that was right for us, right for them, and this is a great organization. I was fortunate enough to play in New England with another great organization. This is not a step down; if anything, it is a step up. I am looking forward to the opportunity, and I am enjoying being in New York." The Giants also announced the official signings of offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas III.

  • by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst

    Giants expected to keep Rashad Jennings despite landing Vereen

    Despite their reported agreement with free agent running back Shane Vereen, the Giants are expected to retain running back Rashad Jennings in a crowded backfield with second-year bruiser Andre Williams, reports The Star-Ledger. Jennings averaged 17.9 touches in the 11 games he played last season, averaging 3.8 yards per carry and rushing for four touchdowns while catching 30 passes for 226 yards. Williams ran for seven scores while averaging 3.3 yards per carry. It's unclear how the Giants will divide up backfield work. Cutting Jennings after June 1 would save the team $2.25 million against the cap.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Report: Giants to sign ex-Patriots RB Shane Vereen

    The Giants are expected to sign running back Shane Vereen to a three-year, $12.35 million deal on Tuesday, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. The deal could be worth more than $16 million in total for four years, per the New York Daily News. Vereen, 26, was a prime target out of the backfield for Tom Brady during his time with the Patriots. He will join a crowded backfield that includes Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams in New York. On his career, the 26-year-old has carried the ball 217 times for 907 yards and seven touchdowns. As a receiver out of the backfield, he has 107 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns.

  • by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com

    Report: Giants showing interest in RB Shane Vereen

    The Giants are very interested in signing running back Shane Vereen, according to the NY Daily News. The same report states that there is a serious chance of the team signing him. Vereen, formerly of the Patriots, has shared time in the backfield with mulitple running backs throughout his career. He has eight starts during his time with the Patriots. On his career, the 26-year-old has carried the ball 217 times for 907 yards and seven touchdowns. As a receiver out of the backfield, he has 107 catches for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns.

  • by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

    Report: Patriots RB Shane Vereen looking for $5M per year

    Whether the Patriots are able to hang onto running back Shane Vereen or not, it looks like his price tag is set. According to a the Boston Herald, Vereen is looking for a contract worth $5 million per season. Vereen apparently prefers to stay in New England, though his current price tag might force the Patriots to let him walk when March 10 rolls around. As a running back with a specialized role in New England's offense, Vereen ran for 391 yards and two touchdowns on 96 carries and caught 52 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns.