The New Orleans Saints announced that they have signed running back Shane Vereen and have announced that running back Daniel Lasco has been waived/failed physical. The announcements were made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis on Wednesday, July 18.
Vereen, 5 feet 10, 205 pounds, is a seven-year NFL veteran who has played for the New York Giants (2015-2017) and the New England Patriots (2011-2014). The Valencia, Calif., native was originally a second round (56th pick overall) draft choice by the New England Patriots in 2011 out of California.
Vereen has played in 79 regular season games with nine starts, and in seven postseason games with three starts. His career regular season totals include 356 rushing attempts for 1,489 yards (4.2 avg.) and eight touchdowns, 221 receptions for 1,864 yards (8.4 avg.) and 11 touchdowns, and 26 kickoff returns for 583 yards (22.4 avg.). In the postseason, he has 26 carries for 129 yards (5.0 avg.) and one touchdown, and 32 catches for 324 yards (10.1 avg.) and two scores.
Vereen played in 37 games for the Giants over the last three seasons. His most productive NFL season came in 2015 where he played in all 16 contests for the Giants and finished second on the team in rushing (260 yards on 61 carries), and receiving (59 catches for 494 yards and four touchdowns). The three receiving totals were all career highs.
While at California, Vereen played in 38 games with 19 starts and was a college teammate of Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan. He had 556 career carries for 2,834 yards and 29 touchdowns. He also hauled in 74 receptions for 674 yards and six scores and 24 kickoff returns for 551 yards. Vereen totaled 210 points as a member of the Golden Bears and his 29 touchdown runs were tied for third on the school’s all-time list.