RB Shane Vereen made his first appearance at the Giants' facility since signing with the club last month. It's a new experience for Vereen, who played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots. It is going to take him some time to get to know his new teammates.
"I know a couple of the guys, not too many compared to other teams in the league," Vereen told reporters at the team's initial voluntary workout at QDTC Monday. "There are a couple guys I worked out with out in California. We work out in the same area and now that I am in here and getting to know even more – I actually prefer not knowing that many because it will force me now to step outside my comfort zone and meet some new faces. I am looking forward to it."
The multi-purpose back was brought in to add depth to the rushing attack, which has been saddled by injuries the past few seasons, and to fortify the short-passing game. But as of right now, Vereen has not been told what exactly his job will be.
"They haven’t defined any roles yet," Vereen said. "I am coming in just trying to work hard and make a role for myself. I am trying to improve this team in any way I can. I know it is a very talented running back group. I am just looking forward to adding my talents to an already talented crew."
QB Eli Manning has been missing a reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield and is eager to see what Vereen can bring to McAdoo's offense.
"I’m excited to work with Shane and see how he can help out our offense," said Manning. "I think Rashad Jennings and Andre [Williams] did a great job last year and can do that. Shane, from what I have seen on film and from watching the Patriots, has a unique skill set that we will have to find ways to get him touches out of the backfield and move him around. I am excited to see how we will use him in different ways and how it will help us out."
Vereen is coming off a Super Bowl-winning season with the Patriots and will accompany his former mates down to DC this week where they will be guests of President Obama at the White House.
"Yeah, very excited, very excited," Vereen said when asked about the trip. "It always has been something I have wanted to do. I can check it off my bucket list. I am looking forward to meeting the president."
As an unrestricted free agent, Vereen said he could have returned to the Pats but chose to move his career south to New Jersey.
"I contemplated going back because I am so close and so tight with those teammates," Vereen said. "I had been there for four years, it is comfortable for me and it is what I have known. At the same time, I am excited to step out of that comfort zone. I am excited to experience something new with another fantastic organization. I don’t see anything wrong with either decision I could have made."
Neither do we.