Giants RB Shane Vereen admitted this spring that he was a little too eager and rushed back too soon. This time around, he and the training staff are taking their time so Vereen can be ready for Week 1, which is the first priority.
Vereen was a regular attendee in the Giants’ offseason workout program, but the team limited his workload.
“[The process] was long,” Vereen said. “It wasn’t the easiest, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do to get back. And this team is important to me, so I was willing to do anything to get back.”
Vereen added: “I’m feeling good. I’m just blessed to be back out. I’m happy to be back out with the guys and working towards the same goal. … It’s weird being the older guy, but I’m enjoying it. I’m trying to get everybody onboard and be the leader that the room needs.”
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Vereen tore his triceps twice last year, in Week 3 and again in Week 15. He returns as the team's most experienced running back, with Paul Perkins the starter. The Giants also took steps to improve the O-line as the team was just 30th in yards per carry last year at 3.5. Vereen should resume his normal third down, pass-catching role and be a useful PPR fantasy option.