At this stage in the offseason, it’s good to check up on players who had their prior season cut short due to injury.
While he played all 16 games during his first season with the New York Giants, running back Shane Vereen played just five last season.
Vereen injured his triceps, forcing him to be placed on Injured Reserve after the third week of the season.
Upon his return in December, the Giants back played just two games before re-injuring his triceps – ending his season.
So, what’s his status at the current moment?
Well, according to NJ.com’s Dan Duggan, Vereen has been a full participant during workouts, but he has yet to see contact.
In other RB news, I'm told that Shane Vereen has been fully participating in workouts. But no contact yet. That will be the test for triceps
— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) May 16, 2017
If Vereen can get back healthy, he’d likely continue the role he originally signed on for, which is to be a third-down pass catcher, possessing strong abilities to pass block (even with the selection of Wayne Gallman in the draft).
Interestingly enough, the forgotten man in the Giants backfield, Orleans Darkwa, recently told Duggan that “the best is yet to come” as he tries to return from an injury of his own (fractured tibia).
Darkwa, in a limited sample size, has averaged four yards per carry as a Giant over two seasons.
With the team deciding to bring him back this offseason – he was a restricted free agent – it proves that they like what they’ve seen.
For him, it’s now all about being healthy, which is something that he’s “finally” feeling after missing six games last season.