RB Shane Vereen
July 30, 2015
Q: What are your expectations as you guys hit the field for the first time today for training camp?
I think itís going to be a lot of excitement, finally getting back to football, getting back to real football, working towards a lot of goals, big season, and I think itís going to be a lot of excitement, a lot of guys flying around today.
Q: How differently do you think youíll be utilized here compared to how you were utilized in New England?
I guess weíll see. Itís still a waiting game. I mean, weíre still on the cusp of day one, first practice, so I guess the role is kind of going to play itself out. The more we get on the field, the more practice we get, the more repetitions, I think itíll kind of speak for itself, and the role will be cut out in some shape or form.
Q: Are there things that you would like to show people that you know you can do that you were not allowed to show previously?
If anything, Iíve always taken it upon myself to show that I can be a complete back. I take pride in that, I take pride in doing all things well that are asked of a running back, and just trying to advance my game from there, and just be a very solid, dependable back.
Q: How important do you think you can be with all the vertical threats this team has out the backfield catching the ball?
I think it can be very effective. I think we have a lot of weapons on this offense and the more we get going, the more we start trusting and learning each other, and just feeling comfortable with everyone on the field, I think the better weíll be.
Q: How does the playbook compare to New England in whatís expected out of a running back?
Yeah, there are some similarities, a lot of similarities, and a couple differences. I think the biggest thing really though is just the terminology, itís completely different. I think both offenses kind of do very similar things.
Q: Is there more pressure on the offense to produce because there is a new defensive coordinator and the defense is learning a new system?
I donít know if we look at it like that. I think itís a team game, itís a team sport. The offense relies on defense and vice versa. We have as much trust as you can have in a defense. We know that theyíre going to go out there and work hard, and advance, and get better throughout this training camp, and so are we as an offense.
Q: How would you compare Tom Brady to Eli Manning? Are there are a lot of similarities between the two?
Yeah, I see the same pedigree. They both work extremely hard on and off the field. Theyíre both masters of the game, the way they look at it, the way they teach it, and the way they carry themselves. Theyíre both leaders. In that sense, theyíre very similar.
Q: How closely have you watched and how often do you get asked about whatís going on with ďDeflategateĒ?
I get asked about it a lot but I know just as much as everybody else. Iím a New York Giant now and thatís where my focus has been. Going forward, thatís where my focus will be. Weíll see what happens with whatever goes on in New England, but Iím here now.
Q: What was your reaction to the league upholding the suspension against Brady?
Thatís the leagueís decision. It is what it is. Nobody really knew what was going to happen before, neither did I, and like I said, Iím here now. Iím happy to be a Giant and Iím just ready to move forward here.
Q: What are your impressions of the defense being installed as an offensive player?
I think thereís going to be a lot of different things. I think itís going to be a very fluid defense in a sense that theyíre going to put a lot of people in different places, got to keep your eyes open, got to stay alert. I think itís going to be good for us to see that type of defense, and go against that type of defense every day, therefore when we get to the season and pre-season, we wonít be seeing too many things that are brand new.
Q: Speak about T Justin Pugh saying he wanted ďtough guysĒ out there on the field?
I mean tough guys upfront make me happy. We rely on them. I mean, thatís where it all starts. It starts upfront and the tougher they are, the stronger they are, the better the backfield will be.
Q: What do you think your value to this team will be with so many running backs on the roster and a lot other offensive weapons? What do you bring to the table?
I bring some versatility. Weíre a very talented backfield, a lot of guys can do a lot of different things, and thatís what makes us so talented, and so versatile, but I guess weíll see. We still have a long way to go. Weíre just getting started, so Iím excited to see how everything turns out.
Q: What was said to you that made you want to become a part of this place?
They didnít really have to say much. Historically, this one of the best, if not the best franchise, in football. Just to have the opportunity to come here, I mean itís kind of hard to say no.
Q: Does this team have the makings of a Super Bowl champion?
Thatís exactly what I was going to say, itís just day one. Day one, everybody has the capabilities to go all the way. It takes a lot of hard work and weíre on a start. I think this team has the mindset of hard work, dedication, and what it takes. Hopefully we can go ahead and put that to fruition and show it on field.
Q: How does the motivation change after winning a Super Bowl Ring?
It only increases. To me, Iím more motivated now than I have been in my past four seasons because I know what it feels like and you want to have that feeling more and more.