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|Taken in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft, Vereen was expected to earn a role in the Patriots backfield committee last season but nagging injuries caused him to miss time in training camp and throughout the season. At season’s end, he had accumulated just 15 rushes for 57 yards and a score in five games. Fellow rookie Stevan Ridley surpassed him on the depth chart and Vereen enters 2012 competing with Danny Woodhead and Joseph Addai for the role as Ridley’s backup and as a pass receiving threat out of the backfield. Since we can all assume that New England will use each player in a situational role, Vereen will need to clearly beat out Woodhead and Addai to earn 8-10 touches a game and that seems unlikely. Woodhead has been productive in limited opportunities during his two years with the team and will likely approach the six touches per game he had last season. While Vereen is clearly the player to own rather than Woodhead or Addai given his upside, he also clearly ranks behind Ridley. He is a late round pick in redraft formats and has more value as a prospect in dynasty leagues.
| Giants forced to look to Paul Perkins -- Tue Sep 27 11:00 am --|
Rookie RB "ready to step up"
|Orleans Darkwa ran well against the Redskins, with 10 carries for 53 yards. Diminutive Bobby Rainey can duplicate some of Vereen’s skills as a pass-catcher — though he has had fumbling issues in his career — and rookie Paul Perkins, a fifth-round pick from UCLA, will have to be brought along.
HC Ben McAdoo said, "Perkins is ready to step up." Asked how he will replace Vereen, McAdoo said "by committee." (New York Post)|
FF Today's Take: With Shane Vereen down for most if not all of the season and Rashad Jennings dealing with a thumb injury, the Giants will likely activate Perkins in Week 4 and get him some touches. He's a RB4 with additional dynasty value.
| Shane Vereen out for the year, triceps injury -- Mon Sep 26 1:15 pm --|
Giants lose leading rusher
|Giants running back Shane Vereen is out for the season with a triceps injury, the team announced today. (ProFootballTalk)|
FF Today's Take: Rashad Jennings missed Week 3 with a thumb injury and now Vereen is lost for the season. Orleans Darkwa isn't the receiving threat Vereen is and the Giants expressed concerns of Jennings' ability to catch with a cast on his thumb so it remains to be seen how the backfield duties will be split moving forward. Bobby Rainey and Paul Perkins round out the depth chart.
| Rashad Jennings expected to be inactive -- Sun Sep 25 8:45 am --|
Shane Vereen expected to start
|Giants RB Rashad Jennings (thumb) will be a surprise spectator today. After early optimism, he’s expected to be out vs. Redskins. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings has been dealing with a thumb injury and was previously reported he would wear a cast. However, with him on the sidelines Shane Vereen slides into the starting role and becomes a nice RB2 against the Redskins. Orleans Darkwa and perhaps rookie Paul Perkins could also see snaps.
| Rashad Jennings to play with cast on thumb -- Sat Sep 24 10:00 am --|
|All week, Rashad Jennings has been confident his injured left thumb wouldn’t prevent him from facing the Redskins, but the Giants are listing their starting running back as questionable to play Sunday. “He’s continuing to try to work around that,” Sullivan said of Jennings’ injury. “It’s something that’s not natural. He’s used to doing that without the cast. … It’s definitely an adjustment that we have great confidence he’ll be able to make.” (New York Post)|
FF Today's Take: Jennings is expected to play but given the fact Shane Vereen split carries with Jennings last week, its difficult to trust Jennings as an RB2. Both backs have Flex appeal in the matchup with Washington.