However, it may be revitalized in the coming weeks as the return of Shane Vereen appears imminent. Vereen suffered a triceps injury that had him on the IR for the past eight weeks.
The versatile running back was found on the Giants practice field Wednesday, and he was more than elated to be back on the turf.
“It feels great,” explained Vereen about suiting up again. “It has been a long time coming. I am just happy that I was able to get back out there a little bit.”
Now, Vereen’s return to practice doesn’t necessarily mean that he will be back this Sunday for the Steelers matchup. Next week’s divisional contest with the Cowboys at home would likely be the first time the six-year veteran will be available for some real action between the hashes.
This is a good sight to see, though, as Vereen’s return offers some hope that the run game will show some signs of life. He is mostly known to be a receiving back, but in the three games played this year, he is averaging 4.7 yards which is better than RBs Rashad Jennings and Paul Perkins.
The only problem surrounding Vereen in his short time this year was his ball protection as he had two fumbles in back-to-back games.
Production is what the Giants’ run game needs and ball security can be easily fixed. Vereen is sure to be utilized when he returns as he is another weapon for this offense. Perkins has played Vereen’s role on third down as a receiving back, and has shown promise. With both of them at head coach Ben McAdoo’s disposal, it will keep defenses off balance as a pass could come on any given down.
But, if Vereen wants to play a bigger role, he should focus on getting the job done on the ground as the Giants could use some positive yards in that aspect.