During his time with the New England Patriots, running back Shane Vereen was used primarily as a pass-catcher out of the backfield or in the slot. Occasionally, he was an ineligible receiver in the slot.
Now, Vereen is a member of the New York Giants and his new head coach, Tom Coughlin, hinted at using him in a slightly expanded role.
“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,” Coughlin told reporters during the NFL Annual Meeting. “So I see him in that regard.”
Although Vereen is best known for his ability to make plays in the passing game, he has the ability to make an impact in other areas as 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.”
New York’s backfield already includes Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, but Vereen gives offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo another versatile weapon in his short passing game offense.