For New York Giants running back Shane Vereen, the battle against his former team will be a little more special for him.
The Giants versatile back will play the Patriots for the first time when Big Blue faces off against the New England Patriots in their Week 10 matchup.
“I know for me Sunday’s game is a little more special,” Vereen said about playing his former team. “I’m not saying it’s just another game, but we’re going to go out, we’re going to play Sunday just like we would any other Sunday.”
Vereen played his first four years in the NFL with the Patriots.
Since being drafted by the Pats in second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Vereen has solidified himself as what exactly he has been for the Giants this season, a versatile running back who can be as dangerous running ball as he catching it out of the backfield.
This season Vereen has 174 yards on 41 carries, which averages out 4.2 yards a run.
Most impressively though, Vereen has 34 catches for 309 yards and three touchdowns. His catches rank the most out of any running backs in the NFL.
Most fans probably remember Vereen's 11 catches in last year's Super Bowl that helped the Patriots claim their fourth title in franchise history.
Now Vereen, will be one of the guys that Pats head coach Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England defense will try to stop on Sunday.
“It will be interesting to see what happens on Sunday,” commented Vereen on what the Patriots will try and do to slow him down. “At the end of the day, just got to wait and see how it all plays out.”
For Vereen, helping the Giants game plan for the high powered New England offense and stingy defense, things will feel a little strange for the former Golden Bear star.
Vereen admitted that it will be different going up against his former teammates, but he like the rest of the Giants team, is looking forward to playing the undefeated Patriots.
“This is a great opportunity for us to face one of the best teams in football,” Vereen said. “If we can win if will definitely prove to people that were a good football team.”
Last February, Vereen helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl, now the Giants hope he can help them beat the Pats on Sunday.
With the bye week upcoming, a Giants win would help improve the 6-4 on the season and keep them in first place of the NFC East through Thanksgiving week.
From one storyline to another, the Giants-Pats game has all the makings of a primetime event, and Vereen’s angle just adds more fuel to the fire.
“I’m ready to face them and I know they will be prepared to face on Sunday,” Vereen said. “It’s going to be a fun game to be apart of.”